The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today launched two major Fuel NY initiatives -- the Portable Emergency Generator Program and the State Strategic Gasoline Reserve. Both initiatives will help alleviate some of the most pressing challenges faced by motorists, first responders and gas station owners after Superstorm Sandy.
As a direct response to the gasoline disruptions that occurred during Sandy, Governor Cuomo launched the Fuel NY initiative to address both the loss of power at gasoline station pumps and a gap in the distribution of fuel to gas stations. A 21st century fuel infrastructure protection strategy from the pipeline to the pump, Fuel NY includes the nation's strongest gas station back-up power requirements and the first-in-the nation State Strategic Gasoline Reserve.
"The State is developing an energy infrastructure to the benefit of all New Yorkers that is more resilient, reliable, efficient and dynamic," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). "Taking the lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo has supported innovative programs to address the challenges faced by motorists during severe weather emergencies."
Approximately 1,000 gas stations in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County are required to have back-up power capability in the event of an emergency. Under the Portable Emergency Generator Program launched today, these stations can apply to rent a portable emergency generator through NYSERDA. For more information on the Portable Emergency Gas Generator Program, visit http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/fuel-ny.
The State Strategic Gasoline Reserve, which is now operational, was developed to help bridge gaps in the resupply of critical fuel during recovery from disruptions of fuel supplies. The reserve, which contains nearly 3 million gallons of fuel, is located at Northville Industries' terminal in Suffolk County. Fuel from the Strategic Gasoline Reserve may be sold to distributors at market prices to provide it to emergency responders, government customers and retail gasoline outlets during emergencies. NYSERDA has announced a pre-qualification program for fuel distribution companies to facilitate the distribution of fuel from the reserve as needed. (For more information about that program, including funding opportunities, click here.)
"Northville is pleased and proud to be working with the Governor to insure that if there is another storm-related shortage of gasoline there is reserve available for the metro area," said Gene M. Bernstein, Chairman of Northville Industries.
With these latest initiatives, New York's role as a leader and first mover in shaping the future of energy remains firmly in place. These innovative programs are delivering on Governor Cuomo's commitment to transform the State's energy infrastructure into a more resilient, clean, cost-effective and dynamic system. Working with State, citizen and industry-stakeholders, the way of doing business in New York is moving to a more resilient and effective approach. This means addressing and adapting to climate change with resilient solutions, minimizing harm and disruption from natural disasters and emergencies, and preserving and expanding opportunities for economic growth and well-being for current and future generations of New Yorkers.
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 reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA's programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
This is a press release from NYSERDA.