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EV Fast Charge System Optimization: New York Power Authority

Description of Utility Need

As part of its EVolve NY program, New York Power Authority is interested in technology solutions and companion business models that support the following public direct current fast charger (DCFC) sites and electric bus depot needs:

  • Smart, managed charging
  • Storage
  • Hydrogen on-site generation and usage for mixed fleet and backup fuel cells
  • Controls for market participation and grid services
  • Co-location of telecommunications infrastructure, if in a profitable site


Expected Impact

EVolve NY will install fast chargers throughout the state and is part of Governor Cuomo’s broader goal to have at least 800 new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations installed through 2025. Optimizing these sites per this opportunity should result in capital savings and customer bill savings, with additional possibilities of ancillary revenues, grid services revenues, and/or improved site resilience.


Target Customers and/or Applications

Target customers for this solution include charging station operators and mass transit providers.


Types of Partnerships and Solutions Being Considered

NYPA may consider a variety of business models, which include procurement of hardware and/or software, co-investment, and/or performance-based service agreements. For example, an aggregator may provide a service agreement consisting of performance payments or a revenue or savings share.

Preferred solutions include:

  • Installations at utility constrained sites: Reduce utility upgrade needs when charging load exceeds existing grid capacity. For example, solutions and representative charging load profiles for a site with 1MW of grid supply available and charging requirements of 1MW, 2MW, and 5MW.
  • Unlocking flexibility markets: Optimize flexibility for participation in demand response, installed capacity, and other grid service opportunities.
  • Accelerating storage interconnection and/or permitting: Including FDNY-approved solutions, above ground conductors to avoid trenching, non-exporting storage, etc.
  • Site resiliency: Provide at least one hour of site resiliency with storage and coordinate with genset and/or fuel cell for longer-term resilience.
  • Ancillary revenues: For example, co-location of 5G telecom infrastructure or hydrogen electrolysis.


Funding Pathways

The New York Power Authority is dedicating $250 million through 2025 to the EVolve NY program, with the goal of making EVs easy to own in New York State and decarbonizing the state’s transportation sector. We are also supporting the development of infrastructure needed to electrify NY’s bus transportation fleets.

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