$6 billion in federal aid will be earmarked to provide grants for gas stations to purchase or lease generators, install them – and if necessary, to rewire the existing station for a consistent, dependable backup power source.
Kevin Beyer, president of the Long Island Gas Retailers Associations sees the plan as “a solution that works in everyone’s best interest.”
Politicians agree. “Providing funding to help gas stations in key areas pre-wire their stations to accommodate generators or purchase their own generators will help minimize service disruptions and ensure that fuel will be more accessible during a declared fuel-shortage emergency,” Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R- Merrick), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said in a statement.
Generally, grants of $10,000 or $13,000 will be granted to stations located on major highways and streets and near highly trafficked exits in the southern region of the state.
Effective April 1, 2014, legislation mandates a backup power source for gas stations within a half-mile of highway exits and evacuation routes. Chains with 10 or more stations need to place generators in 30% of their stores by August 1, 2015. Any stations built anywhere in New York state after April 1, 2014 must be pre-wired to accept a generator.
That’s a lot of generators!
The New York Power Authority will stockpile generators to be leased by area gas stations in the wake of a disaster or urgent situation. However, a better alternative for area gas station retailers would be to purchase a KOHLER® generator now before the next mega-storm hits – or the regulations take effect.
Don’t wait until your business is without power before you make a plan. If you’d like to find out what a KOHLER® generator could do for your business, give us a call or contact us! Find out how simple it is to be powered for life.