senate Bill S6921C

Signed by Governor

Provides for a report on energy cost savings for schools in New York state

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 11 / Apr / 2012
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6921A
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 05 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6921B
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 6921C
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1364
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8527C
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.186
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 06 / Aug / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Aug / 2012
    • SIGNED CHAP.420

Summary

Requires the power authority of the state of New York to produce a report detailing best practices with regard to energy cost savings for schools in New York state.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8527C
Versions:
S6921
S6921A
S6921B
S6921C
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1005, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A8527A

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BILL NUMBER:S6921C

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the
power authority of the state of New York produce a report detailing best
practices with regard to energy cost savings for schools; and providing
for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:

Provides for a detailed report on potential school energy savings if
school districts where to Implement alternative energy technologies.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends the public authorities law in relation to requiring
the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to create a
report on energy cost savings for school districts.

Section 2: The report shall be submitted to the Governor, the Temporary
President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, and minority lead-
ers of the Senate and Assembly no later than July 31 of 2013.

Section 3: Itemizes information required but not limited to be covered
by the report.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York's troubled economy and the resulting fiscal constraints under
which local districts must now contend with provide all the incentive
the state needs to commit itself to the creation, retrofitting and main-
tenance of green schools. There are, for example, about 5,410 acres of
mostly flat-roofed school buildings statewide that can easily accommo-
date solar panels to reduce energy costs. The solar power generated by
that much space could yield 12,550,900 KWH per day, resulting in roughly
$1.25 million worth of energy daily. A move toward greener schools is
not only one that is environmentally friendly, but also one that is
economically sound.

The potential for all school districts to completely eliminate their
electricity and natural gas costs is completely possible if modern
alternative energy technologies are adopted and proliferate throughout
the more than 4,200 school buildings in New York's 700 school districts.

New advances in miniature wind turbines that can be attached to the
roofs of school buildings and more efficient solar energy panels can
eliminate school energy bills which currently range from almost one
million dollars annually to the tens of millions in larger districts and
several hundred million annually in New York City alone.

A mass scale retrofitting of school buildings with green energy technol-
ogies could create some 40,000 temporary jobs and some 3,500 permanent
jobs in communities across New York.

In addition, training at community college level for green jobs would be
complemented by actually creating the jobs graduates from such programs
will need.

The potential to incorporate STEM curriculum while retrofitting each
school can be realized.

The positives of moving swiftly and diligently on this issue are tremen-
dous and can help offset cuts to critically needed education programs
and prevent reductions in teaching staff and student support services.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:
None. Bonding could be suggested either at the local level or by a state
bonding program to pay for deployment of green technologies that will
permanently eliminate energy bills for all school districts, while
creating thousands of jobs.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately and expire on July 31, 2013.

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

                                 6921--C

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 11, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  committee  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the
  power  authority  of  the state of New York produce a report detailing
  best practices with regard to energy cost  savings  for  schools;  and
  providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subdivision 17  of  section  1005  of  the
public  authorities law, as added by chapter 477 of the laws of 2009 and
such subdivision as renumbered by section 16 of part CC of chapter 60 of
the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  (f) The authority shall complete and submit a  report,  on  or  before
[January  thirty-first,  two thousand twelve, on those activities under-
taken pursuant to this subdivision to the governor, the speaker  of  the
assembly,  the temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of
the senate, the minority leader of the assembly, the chair of the senate
finance committee, the chair of the assembly ways and  means  committee,
the  chair  of the assembly energy committee and the chair of the senate
energy committee.] JULY THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND  THIRTEEN,  DETAILING
BEST  PRACTICES  FOR  ENERGY  COST SAVINGS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS BASED ON
DATA OBTAINED THROUGH ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION
TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF
THE SENATE, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, THE  MINORITY  LEADER  OF
THE  ASSEMBLY,  THE  CHAIR OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, THE CHAIR OF
THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY  ENERGY
COMMITTEE  AND THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE. SUCH REPORT, AT
A MINIMUM, SHALL INCLUDE COST PROJECTIONS AND ESTIMATED  TIMEFRAMES  FOR
THE  PROVISION  OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES, CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13069-10-2

S. 6921--C                          2

TO PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT  THE
STATE,  ESTIMATED IMPACTS ON EMPLOYMENT, ENERGY COST SAVINGS, GREENHOUSE
GAS REDUCTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO  INCORPORATE  PARTICIPATION
IN THE PROGRAM INTO SCIENCE, MATH AND TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed July 31, 2013.

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