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Arthur Oerlemans connects his plug-in hybrid electric Mitsubishi Outlander to a charging station. Catskill officials want to add a pro-environmental package including charging stations and GEM cars to the village.
August 15, 2019 07:15 pm

CATSKILL — Village trustees discussed the upcoming installation of electric car chargers Wednesday night.

By taking this environmentally friendly step, the village will advance toward its bronze designation in the state Department of Environmental Conservation Climate Smart Communities program. The Climate Smart Communities program helps municipalities reduce greenhouse emissions such as carbon dioxide, which can trap heat in the atmosphere and increase the Earth’s temperature.

“This is the first step,” Trustee Gregory Smith said Thursday. “We will get more as there becomes more electric cars.”

The village plans to install two chargers in the municipal lot across from the Community Theatre, Smith said.

The chargers will be purchased at no cost to the village because they are covered by a Main Street Facade grant, said Elizabeth LoGuidice, founder of Resilient Communications and Consulting.

Smith expects the chargers will be installed in September, he said.

Trustees have also discussed the idea of purchasing GEM cars, which are electric recreational vehicles similar to golf carts. Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley has been pushing the proposal.

“There is talk but nothing is decided yet about the GEM car,” Smith said. “That’s Vinnie’s baby.”

Trustee Natasha Law supports the GEM car proposal.

“It’s a great idea,” she said. “We need some way to move people around, especially during events on the weekends. There isn’t enough parking spaces. It’s a great way to show people what the village has to offer.”

The village is also looking into adding bike rack and recycling bins and continuing its efforts to convert the street lights to LED and plant trees throughout the community, Law said.

All of these actions earn the village points toward the bronze level, she said.

Many village improvements also count for the Climate Smart Communities program, LoGiudice said.

“They are working on making sidewalk improvements and trying to make the village more bike-friendly,” she said. “They are also looking into hosting an educational event this fall on climate change and climate adaptation.”

LoGiudice and former Planning Board secretary Nancy Richards met with a representative from the state Energy Research Development Authority in January to explore becoming a Clean Energy Community.

The program requires a municipality complete four out of 10 high action items and many of the improvements from the Climate Smart Communities program would carry over, she said.

Both programs help make local governments eligible for future funding, LoGiudice said.

There are 272 Climate Smart Communities throughout the state, 20 of which have received the bronze level and four have attained silver.

High action items for the Clean Energy Community program achieving a 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from municipal buildings; installing electric vehicle charging stations or using alternative-fuel municipal vehicles; solarize clean heating and cooling for municipal buildings; energy code enforcement training; obtaining a Climate Smart Community certification from the state Department of Environmental Conservation; Community Choice Aggregation; Energize New York Finance; creating a unified solar permit; converting street lights to LED; and benching marking, which is to take a measurement of energy use before implementing any energy-saving measures.

LoGiudice said she encourages residents interested in the cause to join the Climate Smart Community committee.

Comments
Natasha is the law... and that's great for all of us. I did the motor controls for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Specifically, I made the motor controls that switched the spoiler (the small wings flaps near the body of the plan) and the tail surface controls.

These were hydraulic. The main motors (GE or Rolls-Royce) are still jet engines, although a few are using biofuels. A few electric commercial planes are flying, which is a surprise.

There are a few Teslas here, such as Scott Pieto's (with AI navigation). (Etsy) Rob has an electric car, and a charger. Electric motors have instant torque. Designers understand that brushless electric motors offer tremendous advantages, including maintenance.

I can't avoid mentioning the huge damage VW did falsely reporting diesel motor polution. My Aunt, Dr. Mildred Wiester, is credited with elucidating the root cause of asthma. It's the size and shape of the inhaled particle, not what it's made of. Diesel soot fits this criteria, hard, small, and irregularly shapped. It's why diesel soot, and car exhaust, and coal fired generation plants, are so harmfulmto us. So, yes, electric cars... And charging stations.

It's worth mentioning that Catskill recently approved buried DC transmission lines. These come from an as yet unbuilt hydroelectric dam in Canada. Yes, DC. Call it Edison's revenge, Tesla promoted AC. An amazing project. One trick is that the transmission cables must be contiguous, no break from beginning to the end.

So, yes, a few charging stations. If invited Tesla is likely to offer a couple of Superchargers to Catskill, which charge 80% capacity in 20 minutes!
Natasha is the law... and that's great for all of us. I did the motor controls for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Specifically, I made the motor controls that switched the spoiler (the small wings flaps near the body of the plan) and the tail surface controls.

These were hydraulic. The main motors (GE or Rolls-Royce) are still jet engines, although a few are using biofuels. A few electric commercial planes are flying, which is a surprise.

There are a few Teslas here, such as Scott Pieto's (with AI navigation). (Etsy) Rob has an electric car, and a charger. Electric motors have instant torque. Designers understand that brushless electric motors offer tremendous advantages, including maintenance.

I can't avoid mentioning the huge damage VW did falsely reporting diesel motor polution. My Aunt, Dr. Mildred Wiester, is credited with elucidating the root cause of asthma. It's the size and shape of the inhaled particle, not what it's made of. Diesel soot fits this criteria, hard, small, and irregularly shapped. It's why diesel soot, and car exhaust, and coal fired generation plants, are so harmfulmto us. So, yes, electric cars... And charging stations.

It's worth mentioning that Catskill recently approved buried DC transmission lines. These come from an as yet unbuilt hydroelectric dam in Canada. Yes, DC. Call it Edison's revenge, Tesla promoted AC. An amazing project. One trick is that the transmission cables must be contiguous, no break from beginning to the end.

So, yes, a few charging stations. If invited Tesla is likely to offer a couple of Superchargers to Catskill, which charge 80% capacity in 20 minutes!