senate Bill S4775

Amended

Relates to determining safe and adequate service

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  • 20 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.845
  • 25 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 24 / Jun / 2011
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 29 / May / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 29 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4775A
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.1095
  • 06 / Jun / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 11 / Jun / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8082A

Summary

Provides that a gas or electrical corporation shall not consider the demand used by a volunteer fire company in responding to emergencies when calculating demand charges for the purposes of determining safe and adequate service.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8082
Versions:
S4775
S4775A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง65, Pub Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S4775

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to certain criteria
used to determine safe and adequate service

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that Volunteer fire
companies are not punished with expensive demand charges, while in
the course of performing their most vital functions.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 - would amend subdivision 5 of section 65 of the public
service law as amended by chapter 134 of the laws of 1921, to provide
that volunteer fire companies will not be subject to demand charges
when responding to an emergency.

JUSTIFICATION:
Volunteer Fire Companies provide life saving services to the
communities they serve day in and day out. Demand charges that are
sometimes imposed on these companies can dramatically impact their
utility bills and increase overall costs of their operations.
Something as simple as opening the Station house door to prepare to
leave for a call, at the wrong time during the Winter Months can
cause these charges to be applied. This bill seeks to help our
Volunteer Fire Companies by prohibiting a utility company from
imposing demand charges resulting from an emergency call.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  4775

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 20, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MAZIARZ, ADDABBO, JOHNSON, O'MARA, SEWARD -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee on Energy and Telecommunications

AN  ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to certain criteria
  used to determine safe and adequate service

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision 5 of section 65 of the public service law, as
amended by chapter 134 of the laws  of  1921,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  5.  Nothing  in  this  chapter shall be taken to prohibit a gas corpo-
ration or electrical corporation from  establishing  classifications  of
service  based  upon  the quantity used, the time when used, the purpose
for which used, the duration of use or upon any other reasonable consid-
eration, and providing schedules of just and reasonable graduated  rates
applicable thereto; PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT, IN DETERMINING OR CALCULATING
THE  DEMAND  CHARGES  FOR A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY AS DEFINED IN SECTION
ONE HUNDRED OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, NO GAS  CORPORATION  OR  ELEC-
TRICAL  CORPORATION SHALL CONSIDER THE DEMAND FOR SERVICE BY A VOLUNTEER
FIRE COMPANY WHEN SUCH VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IS RESPONDING TO AN  EMER-
GENCY.  No such classification, schedule, rate or charge shall be lawful
unless  it shall be filed with and approved by the commission, and every
such classification, rate or charge shall be subject to  change,  alter-
ation and modification by the commission.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10799-01-1

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