senate Bill S2498

Relates to rate schedules for net energy metering

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  • 18 / Jan / 2013
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  • 04 / Feb / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.27
  • 05 / Feb / 2013
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  • 11 / Feb / 2013
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  • 21 / Jun / 2013
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

Relates to rate schedules for net energy metering.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3143
Versions:
S2498
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง66-j & 66-l, Pub Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S2498

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
rate schedules for net energy metering

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Currently, Sections 66-j and 66-1 of
the Public Service law set limits of 1% and 3/10 of 1% respectively on
the number of customers who can access net metering in a particular
utility service territory. This bill would raise the caps to 5% and
2%.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends section 66-j of the public service law to increase
the cap on the number of net metered systems from 1% of households in
a particular service territory to 5%.

Section 2 amends section 66-1 of the public service law to increase
the cap on the number of net metered systems from 3/10 of 1% of
households in a particular service territory to 2%.

Section 3 sets forth the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: Starting in 1997, New York State began to allow
customers to utilize net metering to promote renewable energy while
reducing their utility bills. While the initial law affected only
residential photovoltaic systems up to 10KW, the Legislature has
vastly expanded net metering since then, with major amendments to the
law in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The intent of all of these
amendments was to increase access to net metering for different
classes of customers, expand the size of the systems allowed, add new
technologies and allow for credits to be applied to multiple meters
owned by the same customer generator.

Net Metering is a straightforward method of encouraging customer
investment in renewable energy. Without net metering, there is far
less incentive for residences or small businesses to invest in on-site
generation.

Since demand for net metering is increasing, the caps currently in
statute are out-dated and need to be drastically increased. In recent
years, we have seen instances where the current caps have been reached
and while the PSC review process proceeded, new customers were not
allowed to utilize net metering. By increasing the cap, we are
expanding the universe of people who can easily access net metering
and thereby expanding renewable energy generation, reducing emissions
and decreasing consumer's utility bills.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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

                                  2498

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 18, 2013
                               ___________

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  to  amend the public service law, in relation to rate schedules
  for net energy metering

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

  Section  1.  Subparagraph  (iii)  of paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of
section 66-j of the public service law, as amended by chapter 546 of the
laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  (iii) Each electric corporation shall make such contract and  schedule
available  to  customer-generators  on a first come, first served basis,
until the total rated generating capacity for solar and farm waste elec-
tric generating equipment,  micro-combined  heat  and  power  generating
equipment,  fuel cell electric generating equipment and micro-hydroelec-
tric generating equipment owned, leased or operated by  customer-genera-
tors  in  the  corporation's  service  area  is equivalent to [one] FIVE
percent of the corporation's electric demand for the year  two  thousand
five, as determined by the department.
  S  2.  Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section
66-1 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 483 of the laws of
2008, is amended to read as follows:
  (iii) Each electric corporation shall make such contract and  schedule
available  to  customer-generators  on a first come, first served basis,
until the total rated generating capacity for wind  electric  generating
equipment  owned or operated by customer-generators in the corporation's
service area is equivalent to [three-tenths] TWO percent of  the  corpo-
ration's  electric  demand for the year two thousand five, as determined
by the department.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07124-01-3

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