The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator George D. Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) that would help encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies by making them more cost efficient and accessible.
The bill (S1111) would add solar, wind, fuel cells, micro-hydro-electric, farm-based biogas and residential Micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) to current state financing initiatives that help make energy efficiency upgrades more attractive to potential consumers, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and support job growth in the clean energy sector.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference, including Senator Maziarz were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.
"First I want to again thank the constituents of the 62nd District for allowing me the opportunity to serve them again this year in the New York State Senate. Last year, under the leadership of the Senate Majority and of Governor Andrew Cuomo, we accomplished a great deal, including an early budget, enacted property tax caps and reduced tax rates on the middle class. While last year was a success, there is still a great deal to be done to keep this State moving in the right direction.
Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzSponsors: Senator William Larkin and Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: To determine and analyze the Champlain Hudson Power Express and its impact on the residents of the Town of Stony PointPlace: Stony Point Community Center, 5 Clubhouse Lane, Stony Point, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Kate Alexander (518) 455-2024ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Hearing: To consider and analyze the long-term base load energy generation and transmission needs of the State of New York.Place: Town of Somerset Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road, Barker, New York 14012Time: 12:00 P.M.– 4:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Kate Alexander (716) 434-0608ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY