Updated: Dec 23, 2020
"New York's work in electric vehicles is proof positive that we are in the midst of clean energy's ascent as the power of the twenty-first century," said Simon Horowitz, Global Warming Solutions Associate with Environment New York Research & Policy Center.
Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group is an organization "dedicated to protecting our air, water, and open spaces," and "help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives." According to their 2020 Renewables on the Rise report, New York State ranks #2 in the United States for electric vehicles (EV) sold and available EV charging infrastructure, having more than 53,000 registered EVs on the road and an estimated 1,750 public EV charging stations.
Aside from the state's growth in EV sales and charging station infrastructure, it also ranks eighth in growth in battery storage capacity within the last decade and tenth in solar energy growth within the same time frame. Combined, New York sits proudly among the top ten states when it comes to clean energy across the board.
Livingston Energy Group is proud to be part of the EV acceleration throughout New York State. Working with NYSERDA and utility companies statewide, including Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Consolidated Edison (ConEd), National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), Livingston provides a full turnkey service for customers interested in installing EV charging stations on their properties with precision and ease. When it comes to projections depicting the exponential growth electric vehicles will continue to make within the next five years alone, now is as good a time as any to seriously think about future-proofing public properties, especially since the Charge-Ready and Make-Ready incentive programs available in New York State right now cover up to 90% of infrastructure and installation costs for customers who want to install commercial charging stations.
It should not go without being said that this report also highlights the growth of clean and renewable energy technologies for the United States. In 2019, the United States generated 30 times more solar power than it did in 2010. Over the last ten years, the nation has also more than tripled its wind energy production and increased its utility-scale battery storage 20-fold. As a result of these advancements and developments in energy efficiency, the report reflects that energy consumption per person has noticeably decreased.
"With renewable energy prices falling and new energy-saving technologies coming online every day, states, cities, businesses and the nation should work to obtain 100 percent of our energy from clean, renewable sources." As new developments across the multi-faceted energy sector are made every day, Environment America consistently emphasizes the importance of continuing to work toward a clean, environmentally friendly economy. Livingston Energy Group strongly supports these efforts. As we work alongside necessary legislation and initiatives such as New York State's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), our company is eager and excited to be an essential part in transitioning New York and all of the United States to clean, renewable energy.
 Horotwitz, Simon and Searson, Emma "New report shows New York leadership in decade of U.S. renewable energy progress," Environment New York News Release, last modified October 21, 2020, https://environmentnewyork.org/news/nye/new-report-shows-new-york-leadership-decade-us-renewable-energy-progress  Environment America Research & Policy Center, Searson, Emma. Frontier Group, Dutzik, Tony and Friedman, Jamie. "Renewables on the Rise,” Environment New York, last modified 2020, https://environmentnewyork.org/feature/ame/renewables-rise-2020