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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024                                THE QUEENS TIMES                                                            PAGE 3


              Con Edison Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Managed                                        Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s
          Charging Rewards Program For Commercial Operators                                      Troop 6000 ‘World Thinking Day’ a

                                                                                                     Celebration of Global Cultures
        Will Accelerate the Adoption of  require that all new light-duty ve-  on Con Edison’s SmartCharge
        Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers  hicle sales must be zero emission  New York program, which began
        by Commercial Charging Op-   by 2035, with the first require-  in 2017 and provides incentives to  Troop 6000 brings Girl Scouting  similar to a science fair, where
        erators in NYC and Westchester  ments on sales starting in 2025,  owners of electric vehicles in New  to young people in NYC family  they will exhibit their projects
        County                       and all new medium- and heavy-  York City and Westchester County  shelters              and engage in discussions with
                                     duty sales to be zero emission by  who charge off-peak.                                 visitors at their tables.
             Con Edison is launching a  2045 with requirements on sales       The SmartCharge New York  Girl Scouts from across NYC       The event will also feature
        first-of-its-kind managed charging  starting this year, and then start-  program lets customers earn these  will take part in a project fair to  stations  with  hands-on  educa-
        rewards program for commercial  ing in 2027 all school buses sold  benefits:            learn about gender equity and  tional activities, and food will
        charging station operators. The  in New York State must be zero  •    $25 3-Month Bonus: Earned  environmental justice  be available from various local
        initiative, SmartCharge Commer-  emissions. Con Edison supports  per vehicle or charging station                     businesses representing a dozen
        cial, will accelerate the adoption of  policies that require that 100 per-  after three months of charging       On Saturday, February 24,  different cultures. This year’s
        electric vehicle chargers by com-  cent of vehicles sold by 2030 to  (does not need to be consecutive);  2024, Girl Scouts of Greater  theme, “Our World, Our Thriv-
        mercial operators and drive the  be electric.              •    10 cents per kWh Off-Peak  New York’s Troop 6000 will  ing Future: The Environment and
        company closer to its clean energy       Con Edison will pay up to $194  Charging Incentive: Earned for  celebrate World Thinking Day, a  Global Poverty,” encourages Girl
        transportation goals.        million the next three years to site  charging at off-peak times;  project fair where Girl Scouts will  Scouts from over 150 countries
             Building on the success of Con  hosts to foster this grid-beneficial  •    $35 per month Avoided Sum-  explore global issues and learn  worldwide to learn about crucial
        Edison’s SmartCharge New York  charging as the state and region  mer Peak Incentive: Earned per  about how to be environmentally  global issues through the lens
        managed charging rewards pro-  transition to cleaner transporta-  vehicle or charging station for  conscious leaders. The original  of environmental sustainabil-
        gram, which is focused on person-  tion.                   avoiding charging weekdays 2  Girl Scouts of Troop 6000 will be  ity, gender equality, peace, and
        al drivers, the new SmartCharge       “Con Edison continues to be one  p.m. to 6 p.m. EST, June 1 through  reuniting to open a time capsule  poverty.
        Commercial offers operators of  of Revel’s most important partners  September 30;       they created six years ago.  WHAT:  Girl Scouts of Greater
        eligible commercial charging sta-  in our mission to bring reliable  •    $35 Avoided Summer Peak       Troop 6000 Girl Scouts from  New York Troop 6000 Celebrate
        tions, including public, workplace,  public fast charging to every New  Bonus Incentive: Earned per  across New York City have each  World Thinking Day
        multifamily, retail and fleet sites,  Yorker,” said Tobias Lescht, head  vehicle or charging station for  chosen a country to learn about  WHEN:  Saturday, February 24,
        financial rewards for charging  of infrastructure for Revel. “The  avoiding all charging weekdays 2  gender equality and environmen-  2024, 10 AM - 1PM
        overnight and for avoiding charg-  new SmartCharge Commercial  p.m. to 6 p.m. EST, June 1 through  tal sustainability. The Girl Scouts  WHERE: Queens Museum
        ing when the local demand for  program, which Revel is excited  September 30;           have designed project boards that  Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
        power is high.               to be a first participant in, is a  •    Participants can also earn  will be showcased at an event  Queens, NY 11368
             “Con Edison is thinking more  strong commitment to New York’s  bonus incentives for referring a
        boldly about ways to serve in-  clean EV future. This incentive  friend, participating in surveys,   Queens Lawmakers, Advocates
        creased demand from electric ve-  program will significantly lower  and more. Drivers can earn up-
        hicles and strengthen the sustain-  operating costs at Revel’s public  wards of $1000 a year.  Announce New Research Showing
        ability of our energy grid as more  fast charging stations, allowing us       Charging data is automatically
        of our customers transition to elec-  to reinvest more in the communi-  collected from the vehicle’s on-  Queens Families Could Save $158
        tric vehicles, including medium-  ties that will benefit most from  board telematics or smart charg-
        and heavy-duty fleets,” said Britt  emission-eliminating EVs.”  ing station. The charge data is    On Bills w/NY HEAT!
        Reichborn-Kjennerud, director of       The SmartCharge Commercial  then used to calculate your earn-
        E-Mobility & Demonstrations at  Program focuses on station opera-  ings. You can access the Smart-  Assembly Members Jessica  residents have a high energy
        Con Edison. “SmartCharge Com-  tors reducing their usage during  Charge website to view your  González-Rojas, Steven Raga  burden, meaning they pay more
        mercial will facilitate the buildout  periods of high electricity usage  charging and earnings at any time.  joined with students, residents,  than 6% of their annual income
        of commercial charging stations,  at the local network level.  Dif-       People can participate in both  and advocates to demand Albany  on energy
        which will increase the number  ferent neighborhoods across our  SmartCharge NY and Smart-  leadership put NY HEAT Act  •    With the NY HEAT Act, the
        of electric vehicles on our roads.  area peak during different times  Charge Commercial.  in budget to lower energy bills,  26% of Queens residents with high
        It will encourage station operators  of day. Find out which network       Con Edison is a subsidiary  curb rate hikes, and fight cli-  energy burdens could see their
        to lower their charging load when  peak your site falls under here.  of Consolidated Edison, Inc.  mate change impacting Queens  bills cut nearly in half, saving an
        local power demand on the grid is  Higher incentives are available  [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s  families’ everyday lives; Group  average of $158 per month.
        high. This can benefit all of New  for publicly accessible stations and  largest  investor-owned  energy  announced new research and       The group also highlighted a
        York City and Westchester, while  transit charging.        companies, with approximately  highlighted new calculator tool  new calculator tool developed by
        providing us important insights       Charging data submission from  $16 billion in annual revenues and  from Spring Street Climate Fund  Spring Street Climate Fund that
        into customer charging to help  the EV chargers will be required  $64 billion in assets.  The utility  that any Queens resident can use  any New Yorker can use to find
        us better plan the grid to support  to calculate program earnings.   delivers electricity, natural gas  to calculate energy cost savings  out how much they could save on
        future electric vehicle demand.”             Encouraging  EV  charging  and steam, and serves 3.6 million  with NY HEAT Act  their monthly utility bills with the
             Con Edison makes clear in  during off-peak hours, will mean  customers in New York City and                     NY HEAT Act.
        its Clean Energy Commitment,  less stress on the electric grid and  Westchester County. For financial,       Assemblymembers Jessica       “New Yorkers, including my
        adopting more electric vehicles  benefits Con Edison’s customers  operations and customer service  González-Rojas and Steven Raga  constituents, are suffering from
        is integral to helping New York  in New York City and Westchester  information, visit conEd.com. For  held a press conference with  the outrageous cost of living, and
        State meet its emissions targets.  County.                 energy efficiency information,  Queens residents and advocates  with climate change, we are expe-
        New York State’s ambitious goals       The commercial program builds  visit coned.com/energyefficiency.  to release new research that shows  riencing an increasing level of heat
           NYS Democratic Committee Officially Nominates                                        energy-burdened Queens fami-  during the warm months. This
                                                                                                lies, on average, could save $158  means families will be using their
              U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand For Reelection                                    on their monthly utility bills if  cooling units more frequently.
                                                                                                Assembly Speaker Heastie and  With the anticipated rise in the
             The New York State Democratic  anti-gun trafficking legislation  of what we’ve been able to accom-  Senate Majority Leader Stewart  cost of energy, residents who are
        Committee officially designated  to bringing home half a billion  plish. I’m grateful to lead the ticket   Cousins pass the NY HEAT Act  already burdened will be at se-
        U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  dollars for local projects, Senator  in one of the most consequential   (A4592B/S2016B) in this year’s  vere risk of heat-related illnesses
        as their candidate for U.S. Sena-  Gillibrand delivers for New York.  elections in history and I’m con-  budget. As National Grid and  and greater economic disparities.
        tor for New York. The nomination  On behalf of the NYS Democratic  fident we’ll deliver the state for   Con Edison begin phasing in rate  The NY Heat Act protects New
        puts Gillibrand on the ballot as  Committee, I am honored to des-  President Biden and win the seats   hikes that could cost customers,  Yorkers from bill hikes and will
        the official Democratic candidate.  ignate her as our nominee for Sen-  needed to win back the House.”  on average, nearly $50 more each  increase energy efficiency with
             “Since her very first day in of-  ate and look forward to working       Gillibrand is a historic vote   month, NY lawmakers have an  upgrades to every household. Our
        fice, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  with her for years to come.”   getter. In 2012, she set the record   opportunity to deliver urgently  low-income community members
        has been a relentless champion       “I am so honored to receive the  for the largest winning margin   needed relief by passing the NY  should not carry the burden of cli-
        for New York families, working  official designation as the NYS  in New York senatorial election   HEAT Act. The legislation would  mate change caused by the fossil
        across the aisle to deliver real  Democratic Commitree’s nomi-  history, winning 72% of the vote,   curb future rate increases and put  fuel industry. It’s time for us to
        results for our state,” said NYS  nee for U.S. Senate,” said Senator  outperforming even President   a limit on household utility bills  pass this bill, protect New York-
        Democratic Committee Chair Jay  Gillibrand. “Working across the  Barack Obama. In 2018, she once   to 6% of a family’s income, while  ers, and create a safer environment
        Jacobs. “From delivering health  aisle to deliver common sense  again decisively won reelection,   kickstarting New York’s transition  for all,” said Assembly Member
        benefits  to  9/11  first  respond-  solutions for New York families  earning 67% and outperforming   off of the fracked gas system that  Jessica González-Rojas.
        ers and our veterans, to passing  is my top priority and I’m proud  the governor’s race.  accelerates climate change.       “In this pivotal moment in
                                                                                                     The press conference was held  the current climate crisis, we’re
                                                                                                outside of Woodside Houses,  advocating for the NY HEAT Act
                                                                                                where residents are participating  by amplifying the voices of the
                                 Read Our Paper Online                                          in a pilot program that provides  people of Queens and New York,
                                                                                                them with heat pumps. Heat  and together, demanding trans-
                                      Visit Our Website                                         pumps provide efficient, electric,  formative policy change. This
                                    QueensTimes.com                                             and affordable heat without the  legislation is our commitment to
                                                                                                                             intersectional environmentalism
                                                                                                need for dirty fracked gas.
                                                                                                     According to the new one-pager  and economic equity, ensuring
                                                                                                from WIN Climate:
                                                                                                •    Nearly 1 in 4 (26%) Queens   (Continued on page 4)
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