senate Bill S3379

Amended

Provides consumers the option to elect not to use transmitting utility meters and provides that the commission shall not charge a fee to consumers making such election

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / Nov / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 13 / Nov / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 3379A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Provides consumers the option to elect not to use transmitting utility meters and provides that the commission shall not charge a fee to consumers making such election.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3379
S3379A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง67-b, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S7184

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3379

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
providing consumers the option to elect not to use smart meters

PURPOSE: Provides consumers the option to elect not to use smart meters
and provides that the commission shall not charge a fee to consumers
making such election.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds Section 67-b to the Public Service law.

JUSTIFICATION: Smart meters arc an advancement in technology that
allows utility companies to track a customer's electricity consumption
remotely, eliminating the need to send workers to the house. The smart
meters are intended to give consumers information about their consump-
tion and educate owners on their usage.

However, there is a public sentiment that this information has the
potential to expose private information about homeowners and their sche-
dules. Many believe that the smart meters have the potential of being
hacked into, similar to criminals accessing credit card information
through hacking into unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Consumers have expressed
concern that the information collected by a smart meter has the poten-
tial to give criminals a schedule for when a house is most likely empty.

It is important to ensure that the homeowner's light to privacy is not
infringed upon. Until a code or a regulation is implemented that can
guarantee the security of the information collected by the smart meters,
consumers should have the option to elect not to use a smart meter.

In response to consumers concerns, over the past year, the Public Utili-
ties Commissions of California, Maine, and Nevada have all issued orders
that allow customers to opt out of smart meters. In March 2012, the
Georgia State Senate also passed legislation allowing customers to opt
out of smart meters.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012 S.7184 - Finance Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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

                                  3379

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- 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 providing consum-
  ers the option to elect not to use smart meters

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

  Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a  new  section
67-b to read as follows:
  S  67-B.  SMART  METER; ELECTION NOT TO USE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE THAT CONSUMERS
MAY ELECT NOT TO USE SMART METERS OF ANY INVESTOR OWNED  ELECTRIC  LIGHT
AND  POWER  COMPANY  SUBJECT  TO REGULATION BY THE COMMISSION; PROVIDED,
HOWEVER, THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT CREATE AND REGULATE  A  SURCHARGE
FOR  CONSUMERS  WHO MAKE SUCH AN ELECTION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,
THE TERM "SMART METER" MEANS  AN  ELECTRIC  METER  THAT  IS  CAPABLE  OF
RECORDING CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRIC ENERGY AND COMMUNICATING SUCH INFORMA-
TION  UTILIZING TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE METER AND THE ELECTRIC
SUPPLIER FOR MONITORING AND BILLING PURPOSES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06558-01-3

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