senate Bill S4775A

Relates to determining safe and adequate service

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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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:
A8082A
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:S4775A

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 add a new subdivision 14 of section 65 of the public
service law, 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 on the ninetieth day after becoming law.

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

                                 4775--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 20, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. MAZIARZ, ADDABBO, BONACIC, JOHNSON, LARKIN, O'MARA,
  OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, RITCHIE, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered  print-
  ed,  and  when  printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and
  Telecommunications -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and Tele-
  communications in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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. Section 65 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 14 to read as follows:
  14.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER  PROVISIONS OF LAW, 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 OR ELECTRIC
CORPORATION FURNISHING UTILITY SERVICE SHALL  CONSIDER  THE  DEMAND  FOR
SERVICE ASSOCIATED WITH A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY'S RESPONSES TO EMERGEN-
CIES.  THE  DEPARTMENT  IS  AUTHORIZED  AND DIRECTED TO PROMULGATE REGU-
LATIONS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THIS SUBDIVISION WHICH MAY INCLUDE  REGU-
LATIONS  RELATING  TO  (A) RECORD-KEEPING REQUIRED BY THE VOLUNTEER FIRE
COMPANY TO DOCUMENT AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE INCLUDING BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO
THE  DATE, TIME, AND DURATION OF SUCH A RESPONSE, (B) DISCLOSURE OF SUCH
RECORDS TO THE DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSION, OR  OTHER  NECESSARY  PARTIES
FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  VERIFYING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CALCULATING
DEMAND CHARGES, (C) THE METHODS PERMITTED FOR MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO  THE
DEMAND  CHARGES OF A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY BASED ON ACTUAL OR PROJECTED
EMERGENCY RESPONSES WHICH MAY  INCLUDE  A  CREDIT,  CASH  REIMBURSEMENT,
REBATE, SPECIAL RATE, DISCOUNT, NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT, RECONCILIATION, OR
OTHER  METHOD, (D) THE FREQUENCY OF ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CHARGES WHICH
SHALL OCCUR AT LEAST ONCE PER  CALENDAR  YEAR,  AND  (E)  RESOLUTION  OF

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10799-02-2

S. 4775--A                          2

DISPUTES  BETWEEN  A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY AND A GAS OR ELECTRIC CORPO-
RATION.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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