NYSERDA Announces New Clean Energy Technology Supplies Power Directly to Montauk Beach Food Trucks, Protecting the Environment

Power Pedestals Will Eliminate On-Site Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Replacing Diesel or Gasoline-Powered Generators for Cleaner Air and Lower Carbon Emissions

August 18, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today that food truck vendors at two popular Montauk, Long Island, beaches can now receive power directly from the electric grid using newly installed power pedestals instead of noisy and dirty, portable diesel or gasoline-powered generators that pollute the air. The power pedestals support Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement today while visiting a food truck vendor at Ditch Plains Beach. Four pedestals have been installed in the sidewalks near the food trucks -- three at Ditch Plains Beach and one at Kirk Park Beach.

"Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State is making tremendous progress in using new clean energy systems to provide a healthier state now and for generations to come," said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. "This project shows that every type of business can both benefit from and do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The installation of the pedestals by MOVE Systems is the first part of this project, which is co-managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) in partnership with the Town of East Hampton. The second phase of the project is expected to go live within the next month and will launch an app that the food truck vendors will be able to access using their mobile phones. Once the trucks are connected to the pedestals, they will be able to start the flow of electricity using the app.

New clean energy technologies such as the power pedestals will play a critical role in helping New York achieve the state's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State Richard Kauffman said, "New, clean energy technologies like power pedestals are a key component of Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of renewable resources, and show how homegrown clean energy technology is helping us solve climate change and clean our air close to home. The power pedestals are helping food trucks cut their greenhouse gas emissions while tapping into a new and innovative energy technology."

NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, "Governor Cuomo's energy goals have led to unprecedented growth in new, innovative clean energy technologies across the State. These power pedestals are a prime example of that strategy in action, and I commend MOVE Systems for making this project a reality."

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Governor Andrew Cuomo knows the importance of transportation and he has made clean energy a priority. This innovative program combines both and more, supporting small businesses and jobs by providing smart energy that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions from routine operations."

Food trucks are increasingly popular in New York City and Long Island. However, these trucks must either idle or use diesel or gasoline-powered generators for power, both of which increase carbon emissions. A 2012 study by Closed Loop Advisors found that a 6500-watt gasoline-powered generator commonly used by food trucks emits 40,196 pounds of carbon and 132,681 grams of NOx into the air. The power pedestals eliminate this pollution through the use of cleaner electricity.

MOVE System's Simply Grid pedestals provide access to electricity in public locations where it would not typically be available. The truck operators sign in to the mobile app and start the flow of electricity.

"We are quite excited to have launched our first food truck electrification deployment with our partners at NYSERDA, NYSDOT and the Town of East Hampton," said Jeffrey Hoffman, Vice President & General Counsel at MOVE Systems. "This technology will enable mobile food vendors, who are leading a revolution in eating habits in New York and across the country, to serve their customers without running a noisy, polluting generator.

Additional installations in New York City are expected to be installed later this year and in early 2017.

About MOVE Systems

MOVE Systems is committed to bringing the safest, cleanest, and most advanced solutions for the mobile food industry to vendors, municipalities, and consumers around the world. By employing our unique hybrid energy system, as well as our innovative electricity pedestals, we are able to promote economic opportunities and implement green solutions that improve the health of urban communities by substantially reducing air and noise pollution. Please visit movesystems.com to learn more about our technology and solutions.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50% of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600% growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80% by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.


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