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Fuel NY initiative launches

ALBANY – The New York Energy Research and Development Authority launched two Fuel NY initiatives – the Portable Emergency Generator Program and the State Strategic Gasoline Reserve.  Both are aimed at alleviating some of the pressing challenges faced by motorists, first responders and gas station owners after Superstorm Sandy.

Because of the gasoline disruptions during Sandy, 1,000 gas stations in Westchester and Rockland counties, New York City and Long Island are now required to have back-up power capability in the event of an emergency. Gas stations in those areas can apply to rent a portable emergency generator through NYSERDA.

The other new program, the State Strategic Gasoline Reserve, was developed to help bridge gaps in the resupply of critical fuel during recovery from disruptions.

The reserve, which contains some three million gallons of fuel, is located at Northville Industries’ terminal in Suffolk County. Fuel from the reserve may be sold to distributors at market prices to provide it to emergency responders, government customers and gasoline outlets during emergencies.