S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 22, 2013
Introduced by Sens. SMITH, CARLUCCI, KLEIN, SAVINO, VALESKY -- read
twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the
Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
AN ACT to require the public service commission to develop recommenda-
tions regarding the establishment of microgrids
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or
local law to the contrary, the public service commission, in consulta-
tion with the division of homeland security and emergency services,
shall develop recommendations regarding the establishment of microgrids
in the state of New York. For purposes of this act, the term "microgrid"
shall mean a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy
resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a
single controllable entity with respect to the grid and can connect and
disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid-connected
or island-mode. Specifically, the commission shall develop recommenda-
tions which include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Whether microgrids should be established at hospitals, first
responder headquarters, such as police and fire stations, emergency
shelters, schools, water filtration plants, sewage treatment plants and
other locations in the state of New York;
(b) The geographic areas in the state of New York where the establish-
ment of such microgrids should be a priority, based upon severe storm
damage during the two years prior to the effective date of this act; and
(c) Funding mechanisms that should be considered in order to pay for
the establishment of such microgrids.
S 2. The commission shall submit a final report of recommendations to
the governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of
the assembly within one year after the effective date of this act.
S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.