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ChargePoint, National Grid Unveil EV Charging Station Project at St. Lawrence University

September 24, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV Campaigns, EV charging, EV News

Duel-Vehicle Station is One of 67 Planned for Upstate New York Area, Funded Through Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY Program

Kathryn Mullaney (St. Lawrence University), Jim Reagan (Sen. Patty Ritchie's office), Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, Colleen Quinn (ChargePoint) and Richard Burns (National Grid) Photo courtesy of St. Lawrence University

Kathryn Mullaney (St. Lawrence University), Jim Reagan (Sen. Patty Ritchie’s office), Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, Colleen Quinn (ChargePoint) and Richard Burns (National Grid)
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Canton, N.Y. — ChargePoint and National Grid today unveiled a new two-car electric vehicle (EV) charging station at St. Lawrence University at an event attended by elected officials and representatives of ChargePoint, National Grid and St. Lawrence University.

“St. Lawrence University has signed the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and we have committed to becoming climate neutral by 2040, integrating sustainability into our curriculum and helping the broader community understand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Louise Gava, St. Lawrence University’s sustainability coordinator. “Installing the electric vehicle charging station here on our campus helps us fulfill our obligations to support the greater community.”

Thanks to $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative, the ChargePoint EV charging station, located at St. Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Drive in Canton, N.Y., is one of 67 stations that will be located in National Grid’s Upstate New York service area.

“The collaboration between NYSERDA, ChargePoint and National Grid is a model of a public-private partnership working for New York State and the environment,” said Richard Burns, manager, community & customer management for National Grid. “Plug-in electric vehicles are more than just a new way to get around. They’re a major part of a cleaner, more efficient transportation future. At National Grid, we’re committed to making this new technology more viable and cost-effective for ourselves and our customers, and pleased to help make it happen in Northern New York and across New York State.”

The public-private partnership provides more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York State, of which 7 charging stations have already been installed in Central New York, with another 10 proposed.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a successful public-private partnership and we fully support New York’s goal of installing thousands of charging stations throughout the state,” said Colleen Quinn, ChargePoint’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “We appreciate St. Lawrence University’s commitment to installing this charging station which will benefit the community and the environment.”

Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced Charge NY, a new program to promote EVs through investing $50 million over five years. The program calls for investment in 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, plus other steps meant to encourage the growth of electric vehicle ownership. There are already more than 500 EV charging stations around the state.

“Charging stations, like the one installed at St. Lawrence University, represent just one more step when it comes to further protecting our environment and cutting costs for consumers with fewer trips to the pump,” said New York State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie. “I applaud those involved in this project and look forward to seeing New York continue to “go green” with initiatives like this that promote energy efficiency.”

“Installing the charging station here in Canton opens the door for more North Country residents to take advantage of new technologies that can benefit their family’s bottom line. In a region where driving is often a necessity, having the ability to reduce costs, and greenhouse emissions is especially appealing. Having a charging station so close will offer residents the ability to take advantage of an increasingly popular transportation option,” said New York State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.

Governor Cuomo has called for $50 million to be invested over a five year period to establish 3,000 public and workplace charging stations by 2018, as well as promote the growth of electric vehicle ownership.

New York has one of the highest growth rates of electric vehicles in the country. According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of EVs in the state has risen from about 1,000 to more than 5,000 in the past year.

“Clean Communities of CNY, on behalf of the U.S. DOE’s Clean Cities Program is proud to support the efforts of National Grid and St. Lawrence University to increase the much-needed electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Barry Carr, coordinator, Clean Communities of CNY. “Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrids and all alternative fueled vehicles play a valuable role in reducing emissions, lowering our dependence on foreign oil, and providing safe, economical transportation.”

Launch of the St. Lawrence University charging station coincides with the third annual National Plug In Day, held on Sept. 28-29, which serves as a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more.

About St. Lawrence University: Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

About ChargePoint: Recognized as the worldwide leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently-owned EV charging stations in the world – operating in more than a dozen countries with more than 13,000 charging locations.

Over 60 percent of all publicly-accessible networked EV charging stations are ChargePoint stations or run on the ChargePoint network, and nearly 40 percent of all EV drivers are ChargePoint members. Every 15 seconds someone connects their vehicle to a ChargePoint station. By initiating 2.5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint customers have saved three million gallons of gasoline and avoided 36 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

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About National Grid: National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society – to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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About NYSERDA: NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram.

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Urban Electric Power, NYSERDA, CUNY Announce Grand Opening of New West Harlem Rechargeable Battery Manufacturing Plant

August 25, 2013 in Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Greentech, Large Energy Storage

NYC Regional Council Project to Create Jobs with Production of Highly Efficient, Low-Cost Batteries

Image courtesy of Urban Electric Power

Image courtesy of Urban Electric Power

Urban Electric Power (UEP), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the City University of New York (CUNY) announced today (8-6-13) the grand opening of a new energy storage research and manufacturing facility in West Harlem for advanced zinc anode rechargeable battery systems. The project is part of the Manhattanville Factory District redevelopment effort and is expected to create 64 new jobs.

Through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC), the New York City REDC awarded UEP more than $1.5 million in economic development resources, including $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the project. Empire State Development’s (ESD) Excelsior Jobs Program is providing $522,000 in performance-based tax credits. The Excelsior tax credits are based on UEP’s investment and its commitment to create 64 new full-time jobs by 2017 in manufacturing, sales/marketing, operations, software development, engineering, and research and development.

The $6.1 million, 5,000-square-foot facility will provide research and development capabilities as well as testing and assembly of low-cost, lead-free zinc anode rechargeable batteries and battery systems. UEP has an exclusive license to this battery technology, which was developed at the CUNY Energy Institute.

The new facility will enable UEP to rapidly commercialize its products, which can be used to increase gas mileage in automobiles, reduce electric grid strain during peak usage, integrate electricity from renewable energy sources into the grid, and provide emergency power during outages.

“Energy innovation plays a critical role in the state’s economic development. Urban Electric Power’s facility is another important step in advancing the state’s energy storage industry and building resilience into its energy system infrastructure,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Through the commitment of private sector partners, academia and government, along with Governor Cuomo’s support, today’s grand opening demonstrates that we are establishing a cleaner, more energy-efficient energy sector that is creating jobs.”

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “Advancing the clean energy industry is critical to our economic and energy future. Today’s opening of Urban Electric Power’s facility will help establish Harlem’s place in the innovation economy. Governor Cuomo and the New York City Regional Economic Development Council recognize the importance of bringing jobs and economic drivers to urban centers, and under the governor’s leadership we have seen extensive progress in the building of clean energy facilities across the state. Today’s grand opening proves what can be accomplished through public-private partnerships when business, government and academia work together in collaboration to ensure a sustainable economic future for our communities, city and state.”

Matthew Goldstein, Chair, NYCREDC and Chancellor Emeritus of the City University of New York said, “UEP’s energy storage solutions hold the promise for substantial economic development and job creation for the region. Building upon New York’s burgeoning energy technology industry, this project can serve as an effective model of innovation and sustainability and will be instrumental to the future of the state’s rapidly growing, clean-energy economy.”

“Urban Electric Power is lucky to call New York home. We have received generous and essential support from all across the state, especially the Regional Economic Development Council, NYSERDA, and NYPA,” said Eric McFarland, Chief Executive Officer of Urban Electric Power. “Our new pilot testing and manufacturing facility will allow us to quickly ramp up production to meet initial customer orders, while we look to grow through additional strategic partners and licensees to accelerate the wider marketing and sales of our batteries.”

UEP’s battery technologies have been optimized for multiple markets. The company intends to replace automotive lead acid batteries used for starting, lighting and ignition in traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. UEP is also developing batteries that can accommodate the regenerative braking and on-demand charging used in fuel-efficient micro-hybrid vehicles that can improve gas mileage by more than 10 percent and reduce air pollution in high-traffic areas.

In larger stationary applications, UEP batteries distribute electricity more efficiently, reducing costs for New York ratepayers. The batteries can be charged during off-peak hours when generation costs are low and used to supply energy during the day when costs are higher. UEP’s batteries can also be used to integrate electricity produced by renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, making it possible to use clean energy when and where it is needed.

As an electrode material, high energy density zinc is safe, reliable and 100 percent recyclable. In 2008, the CUNY Energy Institute at the City College of New York began researching ways to extend the lifetime of zinc anode batteries. The advancements developed at the CUNY Energy Institute resulted in zinc anode batteries that can recharge for ten times as many cycles as previous generations, making them more practical and cost-effective. UEP is rapidly moving their commercial prototypes to market with strategic partners.

“Over the past five years, New York State has supported the development of this transformational technology at every step, as our small experimental laboratory cells grew to 100 kilowatt-scale battery systems that will improve grid congestion and lower energy costs for all New Yorkers,” said Sanjoy Banerjee, Executive Director of the CUNY Energy Institute and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at City College. “Moving forward, the CUNY Energy Institute will continue to drive growth through innovation and technology transfer. While Urban Electric Power may be the first company to spin out of the CUNY Energy Institute, it will not be the last.”

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) supported the scale-up and grid interconnection of Urban Electric Power’s battery technology at the CUNY Energy Institute of the City College of New York. NYPA managed the design, procurement and installation of the initial battery demonstration system, and obtained final approval from Consolidated Edison Company of New York for connection to the city’s electrical grid. “We are pleased to have played a role in the progression of this important energy management project and congratulate Urban Electric Power on the opening of its new energy storage research and manufacturing facility,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “There is a tremendous opportunity for efficient, low-cost batteries to lead to job growth throughout the state while supporting the Governor’s energy goals. Energy storage technologies like this one are a prime example of how we can move New York toward a sustainable energy future.”

The new facility is located in the three-acre Manhattanville Factory District currently under construction by The Janus Property Company in West Harlem. The Factory District’s abandoned industrial buildings had been vacant and deteriorated until Janus, with the support of New York State and the West Harlem community, began a multi-phase master-planned, mixed-use redevelopment that is creating a vibrant and growing home for technology, new media, arts and culture, retail, education, not-for-profit and other commercial enterprises.

“New York State and Urban Electric Power have been terrific partners in our ongoing effort to revitalize this important West Harlem neighborhood. We are extremely excited to work with creative companies like UEP that are producing the new jobs that will drive the economy of Harlem, New York City and New York State,” said Scott Metzner, Principal of The Janus Property Company. “The extraordinary growth of West Harlem into the most important education- and arts-driven district in New York is stunning. We are proud to be a part of this forward-looking community, and of the important contributions that we, UEP and New York State are making to its resurgence.”

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. As a result of the first two rounds of awards, $1.5 billion in investments has been awarded to support more than 1,400 regionally significant economic development and community revitalization projects that are creating or helping to retain an estimated 75,000 jobs across the Empire State and generating investments to grow the economy. For more information on the regional councils, visit

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