senate Bill S189

Establishes the power authority of the state of New York shall make low cost hydropower available to certain hospitals

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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

Establishes the power authority of the state of New York shall make low cost hydropower available to hospitals located within the counties of Niagara and Orleans.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5134
Versions:
S189
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1005, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S1184, A925
2007-2008: A6143

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BILL NUMBER:S189

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to establishing the power authority of the state of New York
shall make low cost hydropower available to certain hospitals

PURPOSE: This legislation would make low cost hydropower produced by
the Niagara Project available to hospitals located in the counties of
Niagara and Orleans.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 13 of section
1005 of the public authorities law to state that low cost hydropower
be made available to hospitals that are located in Niagara and Orleans
County. Such Power shall be allocated from the Niagara Project.

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation would allow all hospitals located in
the counties of Niagara and Orleans to receive low cost hydropower
directly from the Niagara Project. These hospitals are facing
financial difficulties and this cost saving measure would allow them
to save on their electric bills. Hospitals use an inordinate amount of
electricity and by reducing the rate they must pay per kilowatt hour
significant cost savings would be realized. For example, Niagara Falls
Memorial Medical Center in 2005 used approximately 7.5 million
kilowatt hours at an expense of over $500,000. By allowing for low
cost hydropower we will ensure that all hospitals located in the
affected areas fully utilize the natural source of power they have in
the Niagara Project.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.23/A.6143 of 2007/2008; Referred to Senate
Energy & Telecommunications Committee
S.6324 of 2006/2007; Referred to Senate Energy & Telecommunications
Committee
S.1184/A.925 of 2009/2014; Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   189

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to establishing
  the power authority of the state of  New  York  shall  make  low  cost
  hydropower available to certain hospitals

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 13 of section 1005  of
the  public  authorities  law,  as amended by chapter 436 of the laws of
2010, is amended to read as follows:
  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary but subject
to the terms and conditions  of  federal  energy  regulatory  commission
licenses,  to allocate or reallocate directly or by sale for resale, two
hundred fifty megawatts of firm Niagara project hydroelectric  power  as
"expansion  power" and four hundred forty-five megawatts of firm Niagara
project hydroelectric power as "replacement power" to businesses  within
the  state  located within thirty miles of the Niagara project, and four
hundred ninety megawatts of firm and interruptible power from the  Saint
Lawrence-FDR  project as "preservation power" sold to businesses located
within the counties of Jefferson, Saint Lawrence and Franklin,  provided
that the amount of expansion power allocated to businesses in Chautauqua
county on January first, nineteen hundred eighty-seven shall continue to
be  allocated  in  such  county and, provided further that up to seventy
megawatts of replacement power, up to thirty-eight and six-tenths  mega-
watts of preservation power from the Saint Lawrence-FDR project which is
relinquished  or  withdrawn  after  the  effective date of chapter three
hundred thirteen of the laws of two thousand  five  which  amended  this
subdivision  and,  for  the  period ending on December thirty-first, two
thousand six, up to twenty megawatts  of  other  power  from  the  Saint

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01438-01-1

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Lawrence-FDR  project  which  is unallocated as of the effective date of
chapter three hundred thirteen of the laws of two  thousand  five  which
amended  this  subdivision, shall be allocated by the authority together
with such other funds of the authority as the trustees deem feasible and
advisable  for  energy  cost  savings  benefits and for western New York
economic development fund benefits pursuant to the eleventh undesignated
paragraph of this section AND, PROVIDED FURTHER THAT LOW COST HYDROPOWER
BE MADE AVAILABLE TO HOSPITALS THAT  ARE  LOCATED  IN  THE  COUNTIES  OF
NIAGARA AND ORLEANS.  Provided, however, that the amount of replacement,
preservation   power,  or  the  additional  twenty  megawatts  of  Saint
Lawrence-FDR power for the  period  ending  December  thirty-first,  two
thousand  six  made  available  for  such  purpose, used for energy cost
savings benefits that are relinquished by or withdrawn from a  recipient
thereof  shall  be offered by the authority proportionately for a period
of six months for reallocation to applicants  who  qualify  respectively
for  replacement  or  preservation power allocations as provided in this
subdivision. If such power is not allocated within such period it  shall
be allocated for the purpose of energy cost savings benefits pursuant to
subdivision  (h)  of  section  one  hundred eighty-three of the economic
development law. The authority shall negotiate contracts  on  reasonable
terms  and  conditions to renew or extend every permanent contract allo-
cation of expansion power in effect on the effective date of this subdi-
vision and, to the extent consistent with such contracts, the  authority
shall  negotiate  contracts on reasonable terms and conditions to extend
or renew all other allocations or allotments of such power in effect  on
such  date.  The authority shall negotiate contracts on reasonable terms
and conditions to renew or extend for a period of at  least  five  years
every  permanent  contract  allocation of replacement power in effect on
the effective date of chapter three hundred thirteen of the laws of  two
thousand  five  which  added  this sentence and that would expire by its
terms on or before the end of  the  initial  federal  energy  regulatory
commission  license for the Niagara project; provided that, in negotiat-
ing the terms and  conditions  of  such  contracts,  the  authority  may
consider  a  business'  compliance  with  all  current contractual obli-
gations, including employment and  power  usage  commitments.  Contracts
entered  into  pursuant  to  this  subdivision  shall contain reasonable
provisions providing for the partial or complete withdrawal of the power
in the event the recipient fails to maintain mutually agreed  levels  of
employment,  investment, and power utilization. Expansion or replacement
power relinquished by businesses or withdrawn by the authority shall  be
allocated  directly or by sale for resale by the authority to businesses
within the state located within thirty  miles  of  the  Niagara  project
provided,  that the proceeds from the sale of such unallocated and allo-
cated, but relinquished or withdrawn or currently not accessed expansion
or replacement power, as shall be determined by the trustees,  shall  be
allocated for the purposes of western New York economic development fund
benefits  pursuant  to  the  eleventh  undesignated  paragraph  of  this
section. Proceeds to such western New  York  economic  development  fund
shall  not  preclude the authority from allocating expansion or replace-
ment power to eligible companies under the provisions of  this  section.
The  amount  of  power  allocated  to businesses in Chautauqua county on
January first, nineteen hundred eighty-seven shall be allocated in  such
county.  Preservation  power that is relinquished by businesses or with-
drawn by the authority shall be allocated directly or by sale for resale
by the authority within the counties of Jefferson,  Saint  Lawrence  and
Franklin.   Allocations made pursuant to this paragraph shall be made in

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accordance with criteria established  by  the  trustees.  Such  criteria
shall address the expansion of industry and employment pursuant to para-
graph  (a) of this subdivision and the revitalization of existing indus-
try pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subdivision.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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