senate Bill S3379A

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 Status


  • 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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7799A
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, S7184

Votes

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7
Aye
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Nay
2
aye with reservations
0
absent
0
excused
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abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3379A

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

PURPOSE:

Provides consumers the option to elect not to use transmitting utility
meters (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:

Transmitting utility meters (smart meters) are an advancement in
technology that allow utility companies to track a customers
electricity consumption remotely, eliminating the need to send workers
to the house The smart meters are intended to give consumers
information about their consumption 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
schedules. 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 potential to give criminals a schedule for when a house is
most likely empty.

It is important to ensure that the homeowner's right 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
Utilities 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--A

                       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 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the
  Committee  on  Finance  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to providing consum-
  ers the option to elect not to use transmitting utility 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. TRANSMITTING UTILITY METER; ELECTION NOT TO USE. NOTWITHSTAND-
ING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO  PROVIDE
THAT  CONSUMERS  MAY ELECT NOT TO USE TRANSMITTING UTILITY 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 "TRANSMITTING UTILITY METER" MEANS AN
ELECTRIC METER THAT IS CAPABLE  OF  RECORDING  CONSUMPTION  OF  ELECTRIC
ENERGY  AND  COMMUNICATING  SUCH  INFORMATION UTILIZING TWO-WAY COMMUNI-
CATION 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.
                                                           LBD06558-03-3

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