MANDATES GAS STATIONS SELL ELECTRICTY TO CHARGE EVs

   

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LONG ISLAND

GASOLINE RETAILERS ASSOCIATION INC           

270 Spagnoli Rd #203 Melville NY 11747

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION

A.8409-A (Epstein)                          S.6692-A (Hinchey)

MANDATES GAS STATIONS SELL ELECTRICTY TO CHARGE EVs

The Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association OPPOSES this bill that essentially authorizes the State of New York to commandeer privately owned gas stations, requires them to self-finance the installation of EV charging stations and mandates that they sell electricity which may or may not be profitable.

For those gas station owners or dealers that are unable or unwilling to meet the requirements of the bill, the sponsors threaten to hold up gas station building permits if they don’t play ball. Not only is this scheme grossly unfair but is likely an unconstitutional seizure of private property without just compensation.

The bill requires gasoline dealers planning to install new gasoline pumps or modernize existing pumps to also install an equal or greater number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Each station must be a level-2 charging station with a charge load of no less than 6kW capable of charging electric vehicles from at least three different auto manufacturers. Estimated cost for a gas station? Tens of thousands of dollars for equipment, installation, software, permits and electric service upgrades.

Of course, this mandate will be resisted by most station owners for a variety of reasons, the least of which is that the bill offers no “carrot” in the form of funding assistance, grants or even low-cost loans to finance EV charging infrastructure. But the bill does provide the “stick”: that ”no building permit shall be issued to a dealer” if such permit does not reflect the installation of the required number of electric vehicle charging stations.

Whatever you may think of climate change and the state’s strategy to meet its aggressive emissions reduction goals, commandeering private businesses to invest its own funds to meet the governmentally created un-met demand for charging infrastructure is not a legitimate strategy. Service stations and convenient store retailers are used to government bans on selling products they don’t like. In a bizarre twist, the state would now be forcing gas stations to sell a product—electricity—even if it’s not remotely profitable or worse, a financial loser.

For all these reasons, LIGRA urges that this bill be held from further consideration.