senate Bill S4504

Amended

Requires the public service commission to conduct annual hearings regarding certain electric corporations

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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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  • 05 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4504A
  • 06 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 06 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4504B
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN

Summary

Requires the commission to conduct annual hearings regarding certain electric corporations; specifies that such hearings are to occur within the county where such corporations operate and are to alternate between counties where such corporations operate in multiple counties.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4504
S4504A
S4504B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §66-n, Pub Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S4504

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
requiring the commission to conduct annual hearings regarding certain
transmission and distribution companies

PURPOSE: To require the Public Service Commission to hold public
hearings in designated areas throughout New York State outside Albany,
ensuring opportunities for public comment.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends the public service law by adding a new
section 10-a. Section 1 of § 10-a provides that the commission shall
conduct regular public hearings, at least once a year, in designated
counties throughout New York State, based on the service area of the
utility companies.

Section 2 of §10a provides that the chairman or chairwoman, along with
a majority of the commission members, shall be present at each
hearing. Residential and commercial customers will be invited to offer
public comment on topics including, but not limited to, quality of
service, impact of any commission decisions in the previous year
regarding rates or service, administration of energy efficiency
programs and services, communication between the company and customers
in arrears on utility charges, service restoration performance and
communication during outages.

Section 2 sets out the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Recent storms and resulting service disruptions have
exposed weaknesses in current law regarding the public accountability
of the Public Service Commission. Specifically, the PSC has not been
required to hear comments of residential and commercial ratepayers
outside of the formal hearing process in Albany. It is critical that
members of the PSC, as regulators of the public utilities in New York
State, hear firsthand from those dependent upon utilities for energy
service. This bill will require members of the PSC to hold regular
regional hearings to get input and comment.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To Be Determined (Fiscal Note Required)

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2014

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

                                  4504

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- 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 requiring the
  commission to conduct annual hearings regarding  certain  transmission
  and distribution companies

  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
10-a to read as follows:
  S  10-A.  HEARINGS.  1.  THE  COMMISSION, NOT LESS THAN ONCE ANNUALLY,
SHALL CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARINGS IN  THE  FOLLOWING  LOCATIONS  WITHIN  THE
FOLLOWING  TRANSMISSION  AND  DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES' RESPECTIVE SERVICE
TERRITORIES:
  A. CONSOLIDATED EDISON: NEW YORK COUNTY, KINGS COUNTY, QUEENS  COUNTY,
RICHMOND  COUNTY,  BRONX  COUNTY  AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY. THE COMMISSION
SHALL CONDUCT AT LEAST ONE HEARING ANNUALLY IN EACH OF THE COUNTIES.
  B. ORANGE AND ROCKLAND UTILITIES: ORANGE COUNTY AND  ROCKLAND  COUNTY.
THE  COMMISSION  HEARING  SHALL ALTERNATE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTIES EVERY
OTHER YEAR.
  C. CENTRAL HUDSON GAS AND ELECTRIC: ULSTER COUNTY AND DUTCHESS COUNTY.
THE COMMISSION HEARING SHALL ALTERNATE BETWEEN THE  TWO  COUNTIES  EVERY
OTHER YEAR.
  D.  NIAGARA MOHAWK D/B/A NATIONAL GRID: ALBANY COUNTY, ONONDAGA COUNTY
AND ERIE COUNTY. THE COMMISSION SHALL CONDUCT AT LEAST ONE HEARING ANNU-
ALLY IN EACH OF THE COUNTIES.
  E. NEW YORK STATE ELECTRIC AND GAS: BROOME COUNTY AND  PUTNAM  COUNTY.
THE  COMMISSION  HEARING  SHALL ALTERNATE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTIES EVERY
OTHER YEAR.
  F. ROCHESTER GAS AND ELECTRIC: MONROE COUNTY.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09546-03-3

S. 4504                             2

  2. THE CHAIRMAN OR CHAIRWOMAN AND A MAJORITY  OF  THE  DULY  APPOINTED
COMMISSIONERS  SHALL  BE PRESENT AT THE HEARINGS REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION
ONE OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL SOLICIT PUBLIC  COMMENT  FROM  RESIDENTIAL
AND  COMMERCIAL  CUSTOMERS  REGARDING A COMPANY'S PERFORMANCE, INCLUDING
BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
  A. THE QUALITY OF GAS, ELECTRIC AND STEAM SERVICE;
  B. THE IMPACT OF ANY COMMISSION DECISIONS IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR REGARD-
ING RATES FOR SERVICE OR OTHER DECISIONS AFFECTING SERVICE;
  C.  THE  ADMINISTRATION  OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES BY
THE UTILITY;
  D. COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS BETWEEN A COMPANY AND CUSTOMERS IN  ARREARS
ON UTILITY CHARGES REGARDING THE POTENTIAL FOR TERMINATION OF SERVICE;
  E.  SERVICE  RESTORATION PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER COMMUNICATION DURING
ANY OUTAGES OCCURRING IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR; AND
  F. ANY ADDITIONAL TOPICS OR INFORMATION THE  COMMISSION  DEEMS  NECES-
SARY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2014.

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