White House lauds elec­tric ve­hi­cle ef­fort

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion on Thurs­day lauded Ul­ster County for its ef­fort to elec­trify the county’s ve­hi­cle fleet.

Ul­ster was the only county in New York to be rec­og­nized by the ad­min­is­tra­tion in a press re­lease an­nounc­ing new fed­eral ac­tions de­signed to “ac­cel­er­ate the de­ploy­ment of elec­tri­cal ve­hi­cles and charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture,” in­clud­ing the des­ig­na­tion of 48 elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing cor­ri­dors on fed­eral high­ways.

Ul­ster County was rec­og­nized for its com­mit­ment to re­duce GHG emis­sions from county gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions by 25 per­cent by 2025.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Hein said he “couldn’t be more proud” that the county was rec­og­nized by the White House.

“For Ul­ster County to be the only New York county rec­og­nized, when you talk about the work that we’ve done to build an en­tire net­work of elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions to sup­port an evo­lu­tion of our fleet to al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles, I couldn’t be more proud,” Hein said.

He noted that Ul­ster is the only county in the state that is net car­bon neu­tral and gets 100 per­cent of its elec­tric­ity from re­new­able re­sources.

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