senate Bill S1618A

Enacts the "electric super highway act of 2014"

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 23 / Sep / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 23 / Sep / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1618A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

Enacts the "electric super highway act of 2014", requiring alternative fuels to be available for public use along the New York state thruway after November 1, 2014 and to provide each recommended alternative fuel at least every one hundred twenty miles on both sides of the thruway; defines "alternative fuel".

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8206
Versions:
S1618
S1618A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Energy Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1-103, add §5-129, Energy L; amd §354, Pub Auth L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1067, S1067
2009-2010: S1938B, S1938B
2007-2008: S1988, S1988

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BILL NUMBER:S1618A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law and the public
authorities law, in relation to the availability of alternative fuels
along the New York state thruway

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The intent of this bill is to make alternative fuels and electric
charging stations available to commuters who use the Thruway.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This legislation would require the New York State Thruway Authority to
provide an alternative fuel refueling station for use by the public
and to provide each recommended alternative fuel at least every 120
miles on both sides of the New York State Thruway. This bill would
also provide for electronic charging stations as a means of
alternative fueling.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority would
assist the Thruway Authority in selecting appropriate alternative
fuels, which could include ethanol, methanol, natural gas, propane,
electricity (including electricity from solar energy), and hydrogen.

JUSTIFICATION:

Increased use of alternative fuels is desirable from the energy,
environmental, and economic perspectives. Use of alternative fuels by
public fleets is going to be required by both the National Energy
Policy Act. and the Clean Air Act. The transportation sector of New
York State's economy has made the least progress in reducing its
energy consumption and its reliance on oil. For reasons of economic
security and environmental protection, New York State must commit
itself to developing non-oil-based fuels for transportation. A number
of feasible alternatives to gasoline have been developed; however,
they have not been widely distributed in the marketplace. Requiring
the development and increased use of alternative fuels at refueling
stations operated by the New York State Thruway Authority will
expedite the entry of such fuels into the general market. The Thruway
Authority is implementing many capital improvements to its rest areas
and fuel stations along the Thruway. Remodeling an existing fuel
station or constructing a new one to accommodate the sale of
alternative fuels is consistent with the ability of the Authority to
provide quality services to its customers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1067 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
2009-2010: S.1938B/A.8466B - Reported to Finance
2007-2008: S.1988 Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
2005-2006: S.643 Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
2001-2002: A.9116 Passed Assembly
1999-2000: A.8280 Passed Assembly
1998: A.7540 Died in Assembly Ways & Means Committee
1997: A.7540 Died in Assembly Energy Committee
1996: A.6753-A Died in Assembly Ways & Means Committee


1995: A.6753-A Died in Assembly Ways & Means Committee
1994: A.10032 Died in Assembly Ways & Means Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None. Capital projects are bonded and repaid through tolls.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                 1618--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the energy  law  and  the  public  authorities  law,  in
  relation  to  the availability of alternative fuels along the New York
  state thruway

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

  Section  1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "electric
super highway act of 2014".
  S 2. Section 1-103 of the energy law is amended by adding a new subdi-
vision 14 to read as follows:
  14. "ALTERNATIVE FUEL" SHALL  MEAN  ETHANOL,  METHANOL,  NATURAL  GAS,
PROPANE,  ELECTRICITY  (INCLUDING ELECTRICITY FROM SOLAR ENERGY), HYDRO-
GEN, AND ANY OTHER FUEL IDENTIFIED WHICH IS SUBSTANTIALLY  NOT  PETROLE-
UM-BASED,  WHICH  IS  CONSISTENT WITH THE GOALS OF PROTECTING THE SAFETY
AND HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC AND MINIMIZING EMISSIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS, AND
WHICH  IS  CONSISTENT  WITH  ANY  APPLICABLE  FEDERAL  ALTERNATIVE  FUEL
REQUIREMENTS.
  S  3.  The energy law is amended by adding a new section 5-129 to read
as follows:
  S 5-129. ALTERNATIVE FUELS.   STATE ENERGY  RESEARCH  AND  DEVELOPMENT
AUTHORITY SHALL PROVIDE THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY AUTHORITY WITH A LIST
OF THE MOST FEASIBLE ALTERNATIVE FUELS, WHICH SHALL NUMBER NO FEWER THAN
THREE,  AND  ASSIST  THE  AUTHORITY  IN IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF
SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW.
  S 4. Subdivision 10 of section 354 of the public authorities  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  766  of  the  laws  of 1992, is amended to read as
follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02783-02-3

S. 1618--A                          2

  10. To construct, reconstruct or  improve  on  or  along  the  thruway
system  in  the  manner  herein  provided,  suitable  facilities for gas
stations, restaurants, and other facilities for the public, or to  lease
the  right to construct, reconstruct or improve and operate such facili-
ties;  such  facilities shall be publicly offered for leasing for opera-
tion, or the right to construct, reconstruct or improve and operate such
facilities shall be publicly offered under rules and regulations  to  be
established  by the authority, provided, however, that lessees operating
such facilities at the time this act becomes effective, may  reconstruct
or  improve  them  or  may  construct additional like facilities, in the
manner and upon such terms and conditions as the board shall  determine;
and  provided further, however, that such facilities constructed, recon-
structed or improved on or along the canal system  shall  be  consistent
with  the  canal  recreationway  plan  approved  pursuant to section one
hundred thirty-eight-c of the canal law and section three hundred eight-
y-two of this title; AND  PROVIDED  FURTHER,  HOWEVER,  THAT  EACH  SUCH
FACILITY  WHICH  CONTAINS  OR CONSISTS OF A GAS STATION SHALL, BEGINNING
NOVEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, INCLUDE A FACILITY FOR SELLING TO
THE PUBLIC AN ALTERNATIVE FUEL, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 1-103 OF THE ENER-
GY LAW AND EACH ALTERNATIVE FUEL RECOMMENDED TO THE AUTHORITY BY THE NEW
YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO SECTION
5-129 OF THE ENERGY LAW SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE AT INTERVALS OF NO  MORE
THAN ONE HUNDRED TWENTY MILES ON EACH SIDE OF THE THRUWAY;
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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