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Gov. Cuomo seeks to overhaul state regulations on electric vehicles

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in a move designed to foster the growth of electric vehicles in the state, is looking for ways to better regulate the emerging market.

The goal is to create a network of 3,000 charging stations in public places and workplaces within five years.

Mr. Cuomo to that end has directed the state’s Public Service Commission to review its policies to boost the acceptance of electric vehicles.

“Removing the regulatory barriers will encourage New Yorkers to use fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as grow the clean energy industry and create jobs in the state,” Mr. Cuomo said in a news release.

The Public Service Commission is seeking public comments to help identify regulations that are viewed as burdensome. The public comment period will be open until July 3.

Key issues the commission is considering include how best to ensure the stability of the grid in the event that electric vehicles become widely popular and determining whether charging stations should be regulated like utilities.

The commission will also be considering questions of jurisdiction to determine the best way to regulate the fledgling electric vehicle market while ensuring its continued growth.

Currently New York is home to less than 4,000 electric vehicles, according to statements made by Mr. Cuomo in his 2013 State of the State address. But he hopes to see 30,000 to 40,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2018.

Comments can be submitted to the Public Service Commission on their website, The case number is 13-E-0199.

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