senate Bill S1599

Amended

Relates to intervenor funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission facilities

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 03 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 06 / Mar / 2009
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 06 / Mar / 2009
    • PRINT NUMBER 1599A
  • 04 / Jun / 2009
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.905
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A1122

Summary

Relates to intervenor funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission facilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1599
S1599A
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Versions Introduced in 2007-2008 Legislative Cycle:
S2200

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1599

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public service law, in relation to intervenor
funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission
facilities; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to
intervenor accounts


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
To make funds available to help municipalities, citizens and community
groups intervene in proposed electric transmission projects.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
For every proposed electric transmission project in New York State,
there shall be intervenor funds available to affected and interested
parties. Each application shall be accompanied by a fee based upon the
size and length of the proposed project, up to $450,000. Such expenses
shall include costs associated with expert witnesses, consultants,
administrative and legal fees. The fund is established in the joint
custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of taxation and
finance an account to be known as the intervenor account. Such account
shall consist of all revenues received from siting application fees
for electric major utility transmission facilities pursuant to section
one hundred twenty-two of the public service law. Moneys of the
account, following appropriation by the legislature, may be expended
in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred twenty two of
the public service law. Moneys shall be paid out of the account on the
audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers certified or
approved by the chair of the public service commission.

JUSTIFICATION :
Due to the deregulation of the electric industry, critical reforms to
the Article VII process are necessary. Merchant electric transmission
developers are taking advantage of the restructured marketplace. This
bill would provide host communities with the resources necessary to
make their voices heard in a complex process. These reforms will
improve the process for host communities and municipalities, many of
which are strapped for cash and are currently unable to hire the
experts necessary to intervene effectively.

Currently, communities that want to affect the siting process in their
area have to raise the money themselves to have a strong voice in the
regulatory process. Today, the communities that intervene in the
process that sites power plants have had access to this kind of
resource. This bill would level the playing field so that all
communities have a voice in energy policy decisions that could impact
their lives.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.8497 of 2006
S.2200 of 2007

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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