NYACS Applauds Expansion of Gas Station Backup Power Program

Cuomo's 2014-15 budget adds more funding for newly eligible sites

Published in CSP Daily News

ALBANY, N.Y. -- As part of the 2014-2015 budget, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state is extending the program to equip gas stations with backup power capacity to include approximately 241 Upstate stations within a half mile of exits on critical highways. It will make another $3.1 million available through federal funding related to Superstorm Sandy.

"We commend Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders for crafting a sound, workable plan to expand backup power capacity to strategically located gas stations across Upstate New York as part of the new state budget," James Calvin, president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) said in a press statement. "This plan will provide incentives to gas stations on, or within half a mile of exits of, interstate highways to voluntarily equip their facilities to remain capable of pumping fuel in the event of a prolonged power outage."

He added, "The incentives are in the form of NYSERDA grants of either $10,000 to offset the cost of a transfer switch to which a portable generator can be connected when the need arises, or $13,000 toward the cost of both a transfer switch and permanent generator.

"NYACS supported the concept of backup power program expansion as long as it was limited in scope, recognized regional differences in vulnerability of supply and enabled gas station owners to recover costs. Governor Cuomo, Senate leaders Skelos and Klein, and Assembly Speaker Silver have embraced these principles in designing a sensible program that will strengthen the resiliency of New York State's motor fuel infrastructure."

Click here for more details on the program and sites from the Fuel NY Initiative.