senate Bill S3806C

Signed by Governor

Relates to on-farm energy generation

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 19 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 27 / Feb / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.102
  • 28 / Feb / 2013
    • AMENDED 3806A
  • 28 / Feb / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 06 / Mar / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 3806B
  • 25 / Mar / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 25 / Mar / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 25 / Mar / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 3806C
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A4997C
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.465
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 05 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 19 / Jul / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 31 / Jul / 2013
    • SIGNED CHAP.253

Summary

Relates to on-farm energy generation.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4997C
Versions:
S3806
S3806A
S3806B
S3806C
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Energy Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3-101, Energy L; amd §§66-j, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Cycle:
A4997C

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BILL NUMBER:S3806C

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law and the public service
law, in relation to net-metering and on-farm energy generation

PURPOSE:

To reduce interconnection fees for farms that install renewable
energy, increase the size of solar arrays allowed for farms on
residential meters, lower farmers' utility bills and expand our
state's agricultural economy.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1-Cites the name of the act as the "Repower New York Farms
Act".

Section 2-Amends subdivisions 1, 2 and 3 of section 3-101 of the
energy law to include specific references to agriculture in the policy
direction given in statute to the State Energy Planning Board.

Section 3-Amends subdivision 1 section 66-J of the public service law
to allow a farm operation operating on a residential meter to install
a solar energy system of up to 100 KW.

Section 4-Sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York State is an agricultural leader when it comes to the
production of dairy products, apples and many other important
commodities. We also have seen an explosion in the growth of wineries,
farm breweries and other businesses that are tied directly to our
state's agricultural economy. The yogurt boom upstate has lead to a
need for expanded milk production, and has spurred the growth of a new
food processing manufacturing sector. This agricultural economic
engine in upstate New York has in turn led to an increased demand for
fresh agricultural products in and around New York City, including an
expansion of green markets and farmers' markets. Investing in these
enterprises would allow farmers to have more access to the millions of
consumers in the New York City Metro area. In order to provide
farmers with more capital to invest in their farm operations and in
expanding their lines of distribution and retail sales into New York
City, we must provide more relief from the ever increasing cost of
energy.

This bill, by increasing the size of solar units that can be deployed
to farm operations with residential meters, will lead to more on-farm
renewable generation and therefore lower utility bills and more
investment capital for farmers.

This bill also seeks to add sections to the energy law to ensure that
agricultural interests are taken into account by the State energy
planning board.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately

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

                                 3806--C
    Cal. No. 102

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 19, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MAZIARZ, RITCHIE, BONACIC, CARLUCCI, DeFRANCISCO,
  GALLIVAN, GIPSON, GRISANTI, LARKIN, LATIMER, LIBOUS, MARCHIONE,  MONT-
  GOMERY,  NOZZOLIO, RANZENHOFER, SAMPSON, SAVINO, SEWARD, YOUNG -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee  on Energy and Telecommunications -- reported favorably from
  said committee, ordered to first  report,  amended  on  first  report,
  ordered  to a second report, and to be reprinted as amended, retaining
  its place in the order of second report -- ordered to a third reading,
  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place  in  the  order  of
  third  reading  --  passed  by  Senate  and delivered to the Assembly,
  recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third  reading,  amended  and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to amend the energy law and the public service law, in relation
  to net-metering and on-farm energy generation

  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 "repower
New York farms act".
  S 2. Subdivisions 1, 2 and 3 of  section  3-101  of  the  energy  law,
subdivisions  2 and 3 as amended by chapter 820 of the laws of 1976, are
amended to read as follows:
  1. to obtain and maintain an adequate and continuous supply  of  safe,
dependable  and  economical  energy  for  the people of the state and to
accelerate development and use within  the  state  of  renewable  energy
sources,  all in order to promote the state's economic growth, to create
employment within the state, to protect  its  environmental  values  AND
AGRICULTURAL  HERITAGE, to husband its resources for future generations,
and to promote the health and welfare of its people;
  2. to encourage conservation of energy in the construction and  opera-
tion  of new commercial, industrial, AGRICULTURAL and residential build-
ings, and in the rehabilitation of existing structures, through heating,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08712-07-3

S. 3806--C                          2

cooling, ventilation, lighting, insulation and design techniques and the
use of energy audits and life-cycle costing analysis;
  3.  to  encourage the use of performance standards in all energy-using
appliances, and in industrial, AGRICULTURAL and commercial  applications
of energy-using apparatus and processes;
  S  3.  Paragraph  (d)  of  subdivision 1 of section 66-j of the public
service law, as amended by chapter 7 of the laws of 2010, is amended  to
read as follows:
  (d)  "Solar electric generating equipment" means a photovoltaic system
(i) (A) in the case of a residential customer (OTHER THAN A FARM UTILIZ-
ING A RESIDENTIAL METER), with a rated capacity of not more  than  twen-
ty-five kilowatts; [and] (B) IN THE CASE OF A CUSTOMER WHO OWNS OR OPER-
ATES  A  FARM OPERATION AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF
SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW UTILIZING A
RESIDENTIAL METER WITH A RATED CAPACITY OF NOT  MORE  THAN  ONE  HUNDRED
KILOWATTS;  AND  (C)  in  the case of a non-residential customer, with a
rated capacity of not more than two thousand kilowatts; and (ii) that is
manufactured, installed, and  operated  in  accordance  with  applicable
government  and  industry  standards,  that is connected to the electric
system and operated in conjunction with an electric corporation's trans-
mission and distribution facilities, and that is operated in  compliance
with any standards and requirements established under this section.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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