senate Bill S785

Amended

Establishes the New York state task force on wind generating facilities siting and permitting policies

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Bill Status


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  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 15 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 08 / Feb / 2010
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 08 / Feb / 2010
    • PRINT NUMBER 785A

Summary

Establishes the New York state task force on wind generating facilities siting and permitting policies to study the need to implement a uniform statewide policy regarding the siting and permitting of wind energy production facilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S785
S785A
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Authorities
Versions Introduced in 2007-2008 Legislative Cycle:
S4608

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BILL NUMBER: S785

TITLE OF BILL :
An act in relation to establishing the New York state task force on
wind generating facilities siting and permitting policies


PURPOSE :
Establishes the New York state task force on wind generating
facilities siting and permitting policies.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: An 18 month moratorium on the sitting and permitting of
wind energy production facilities is established.
Section 2: Establishes the New York State task force on wind
generating facilities siting and permitting policy and establishes its
role. The task force shall issue a report by December 31, 2010.
Section 3: The task force will study the need for a uniform statewide
policy regarding the siting and permitting of wind energy facilities.
The task force will have 15 members including the commissioners of
Agriculture and Markets, Department of Economic Development,
Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health,
chairperson of the Public Service Commission, chairperson New York
State Energy Research and Development Authority, or a designee of any
such officer. Of the remaining 9 at-large members, 3 will be appointed
by the Governor, 2 by the Temporary President of the Senate, 2 by the
Speaker of the Assembly and 1 each by the minority leader of the
Senate and Assembly according to the parameter set by this section.
Section 4: The chairperson of the take force is the chairperson New
York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Section 5: Task force members shall serve without actual compensation
except the at-large members are allowed their necessary and actual
expenses incurred in performance of their duties under this act.
Section 6: The task force expires December 31, 2010.
Section 7: The New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority will provide the task force with such facilities,
assistance, and data that will allow the task force to carry out its
duty. All other departments, agencies or state subdivisions will
provide the task force with such facilities, assistance, and data at
the request of the chairperson.
Section 8: Effective date.

EXISTING LAW :
None.

JUSTIFICATION :
Recently there has been renewed interest in wind energy development in
New York. Although the recent growth of the wind industry is welcomed
by many in New York, local authorities and residents in wind-rich
counties are concerned about their ability to address existing or
anticipated proposals from wind energy developers interested in
installing projects within their jurisdiction. With modem wind
turbines standing between 200-400 feet tall, wind energy projects can
have a major impact on the surrounding area. These wind energy
production facilities have the potential of causing a significant
negative impact on the scenic and historic character of our highways
and byways. Furthermore, wind energy facilities could have a negative
impact upon residential areas and adjacent communities.

Wind energy is an important renewable energy source, however, it is
very important to have a comprehensive plan for siting these high-tech
wind facilities across New York in order to avoid any negative impacts
upon the surrounding areas. This legislation seeks to study the need
for a statewide comprehensive plan for siting wind facilities and
places an 18 month moratorium on any new construction or issuing of

new permits for the construction of wind energy facilities so the task
force can complete its study and make recommendations.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007 - 2008 Energy

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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