senate Bill S5085

Directs the commissioner of labor to conduct a study and report on current trends in the workforce that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility industry

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 03 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.846
  • 25 / May / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 01 / Jun / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 14 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.732
  • 09 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Directs the commissioner of labor, in consultation with the public service commission, to conduct a study and report on current trends in the workforce that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility industry; authorizes additional studies and reports upon rates hikes, complaints by third parties or upon identification of a shortage.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7565
Versions:
S5085
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Energy

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BILL NUMBER:S5085

TITLE OF BILL:
An act directing a study and report on current trends in the workforce
that supports the generation and transmission of power in the utility
industry

PURPOSE:
This bill would require the Department of Labor to provide analysis and
recommendations of how the traditional utility industry is addressing
and should address workforce development in the areas of generation and
transmission.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would add require the Department of Labor to
monitor workforce trends in the utility industry.

Section 2 of the bill outlines when the Commissioner of Labor can and
will initiate a report of workforce trends in the utility industry.

Section 3 of the bill requires the Commissioner of Labor to report any
information that would suggest a shortage in workforce needs in the
utility industry to the legislature.

Section 4 the Commissioner with the assistance of a Data Review
Committee shall make recommendation on how to address any shortages in
the workforce within the utility industry.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York's traditional energy sectors are falling behind in terms of
workforce development. The state's policy shift toward making the
alternative energy sectors part of a long term energy strategy has left
many utilities companies in the coal, gas, oil, and electric industries
with little reason to make serious investments in the workforce.
However, the time at which alternative energy can be a substantial
contributor to New York's energy needs is many years away. This
uncertainty in New York's energy transition has caused a lack of
investment on the part of utilities. It is certain that because of the
lack of understand of what the workforce needs are within New York's
utility industry there will be an "energy gap", meaning a period of time
where the traditional energy industries failed to take necessary action
to ensure that the workforce and infrastructure needs were meet to
guarantee a smooth transition to alternative energy at a point in time
where alternative energies are able to produce the amounts of energy
necessary to replace some forms of traditional energy production.
Currently, we are in a serious situation as the lack of new hires
coupled with an aging workforce ready to retire has created an
institutional knowledge problem. This bill will shed light on the
challenges New York State face as we bridge the energy gap and will be a
blueprint to addressing those challenges.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal, there is no anticipation that any additional resources will be
needed outside of the ones that currently exist at the DOL


EFFECTIVE DATE:
Thirty days after it shall have become law

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

                                  5085

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 3, 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  directing a study and report on current trends in the workforce
  that supports the generation and transmission of power in the  utility
  industry

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

  Section 1. 1. The commissioner of labor,  in  consultation  with,  and
using  data  collected  by, the public service commission, shall monitor
trends in the workforce of:
  (a) personnel that support the generation  of  power  in  the  utility
industry; and
  (b)  personnel  that  support the transmission of power in the utility
industry.
  2. Not later than one year after the effective date of this  act,  the
commissioner  of  labor  shall  submit  to  the  legislature a report on
current trends under subdivision one of this section,  with  recommenda-
tions  to  meet the future labor requirements for the energy industries.
The commissioner of labor shall have the  authority  to  commence  addi-
tional  studies when (a) a utility initiates a rate hike request; or (b)
a complaint is brought by a third party. The  scope  of  any  additional
study  can be broadened to include all utilities in the state or limited
to the evaluation to just one utility.
  3. As soon as practicable after the date on which the commissioner  of
labor  identifies  or  predicts  a significant shortage in this state of
personnel in one or more energy sectors, the commissioner of labor shall
submit to the legislature a report describing the  shortage,  after  the
data  review  committee,  appointed pursuant to subdivision four of this
section has reviewed and provided input on the report.  The commissioner
of labor shall have broad authority  to  require  utilities  to  provide

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11351-01-1

S. 5085                             2

documents  and  reports  regarding their staffing practices. The commis-
sioner of labor shall have the authority to seek the following types  of
information, including but not limited to:
  (a) staffing-related service quality data;
  (b) current staffing levels;
  (c) recruitment and hiring plans;
  (d) anticipated retirements;
  (e) anticipated skills set needs;
  (f) retention plans;
  (g) succession plans; and
  (h) efforts to capture knowledge from retiring personnel.
  4.  The commissioner of labor shall evaluate the data with the assist-
ance of experts  in  human  resources,  corporate  management,  internal
controls  and  business/planning policies, and forecasting and planning.
The commissioner of labor shall benefit by being informed by  all  enti-
ties  with  interests  in,  and relevant information concerning, utility
staffing issues. The commissioner of labor  shall  form  a  data  review
committee  and  shall appoint one member each from the following consti-
tuencies to serve for terms of 2 years:
  (a) a regulated utility;
  (b) a labor representative;
  (c) a state ratepayer advocate organization;
  (d) an industrial customer or other large user; and
  (e) the public service commission.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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