senate Bill S4969

Includes certain not-for-profit organizations for collaboration purposes for microgrid recommendations

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  • 02 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.704
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A7049

Summary

Includes not-for-profit organizations with a mission to assist in disaster relief and recovery for collaboration purposes for microgrid recommendations.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7049
Versions:
S4969
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
New York State Energy Research and Development Act
Laws Affected:
Amd Part T ยง1, Chap 58 of 2013

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4969

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend section 1 of part T of chapter 58 of
the laws of 2013, relating to requiring the New York state energy
research and development authority to develop recommendations
regarding the establishment of microgrids, in relation to including
certain not-for-profit organizations for collaboration purposes for
microgrids

PURPOSE:

Relates to a study of and recommendations for the possible
establishment of microgrids to help protect vital public health and
safety operations and infrastructure in the event of major disruption
to the power grid.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Subdivision (a) of section 1 of part T of chapter 58 of the
laws of 2013, relating to requiring the New York state energy research
and development authority to develop recommendations regarding the
establishment of microgrids, is amended to allow not-for-profit
organizations with a mission to assist in disaster relief and recovery
to collaborate on successful microgrids.

Section 2: This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:

Legislation proposing the study of microgrid installations to help
with emergency and disaster planning and preparation were included in
the State budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The new law will require a
study on how microgrids will protect vital health and safety
infrastructure, but left out nonprofits which are focused on disaster
relief and recovery.

Maintaining power supply to such organizations and their command and
control headquarters is essential because these nonprofits serve as
key players in assisting governmental organizations in disaster
relief, recovery and rescue. It is critically important that such
organizations like the Red Cross and United Way and others are
included in the review required by Chapter 58 of the laws of 2013.

Had New York State constructed microgrids to protect hospitals, first
responder headquarters such as police and fire stations, emergency
shelters, schools, water filtration plants, sewage treatment plants
and other infrastructure, the extent of the damage caused by Super
Storm Sandy would have been tremendously mitigated.

Microgrids are 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.


The extent of severe damage caused by recent storms demonstrates the
tremendous benefits of having microgrids in place to protect critical
public health and safety infrastructure.

It is very clear that microgrids are needed in order to fully protect
the expensive and extensive public safety and health infrastructure
New York has in developed. In addition, microgrid technology can serve
to save lives by not only protecting the communication systems of
first responders but also by protecting the electrical needs of
hospitals and nursing homes where patients are connected to
life-saving electrical equipment.

This legislation requires a study of the positive impact of rolling
out microgrid technology and requires recommendations on how to fund
the construction of such a system. The need for such information is
needed in order for New York to consider all the variables in
emergency preparedness and planning.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None. This legislation will actually help prevent possible billions in
damage to state and municipal government operated public safety
facilities and infrastructure if microgrids technology is implemented
as part of emergency planning in New York State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  4969

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 2, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to amend section 1 of part T of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013,
  relating to requiring the New York state energy research and  develop-
  ment  authority to develop recommendations regarding the establishment
  of microgrids, in relation to including certain not-for-profit  organ-
  izations for collaboration purposes for microgrids

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

  Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 1 of part T of chapter 58 of the
laws of 2013, relating to requiring the New York state  energy  research
and  development  authority  to  develop  recommendations  regarding the
establishment of microgrids, is amended to read as follows:
  (a) Whether hospitals, first responder headquarters,  such  as  police
and fire stations, emergency shelters, schools, water filtration plants,
sewage    treatment   plants,   municipalities,   commercial   entities,
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WITH A MISSION TO ASSIST IN DISASTER RELIEF
AND RECOVERY, and other locations in the state of New York may desire to
collaborate on successful microgrids;
   2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10405-01-3

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