senate Bill S5149

Signed by Governor Amended

Relates to directing the public service commission to conduct a study on net metering programs in the state

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 10 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.706
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 28 / Jan / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.71
  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Feb / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7679
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.647
  • 06 / Jun / 2014
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTION RECONSIDERED
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • RECOMMITTED TO ENERGY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5149A
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A7679A
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.647
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 12 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.510

Summary

Directs the public service commission to conduct a study to analyze the economic and environmental benefits from and the economic cost burden, if any, of the net energy metering program in this state.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7679
Versions:
S5149
S5149A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง66-n, Pub Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S5149

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
a study by the public service commission on net metering

PURPOSE:

To authorize and direct the commission to perform a study on the
economic and environmental benefits and costs of net metering

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends the public service law by adding a new section 66-n
that requires the Public Service Commission to perform a study of the
economic and environmental benefits and costs associated with the
state's net metering laws. Further, the bill requires a report on the
findings of study to be made to the Governor and legislative leaders
within two hundred forty days of the bill's effective date

Section 2: Sets forth the effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

New York has been at the forefront of net metering since 1997, and
since then, the state has developed a comprehensive set of net
metering laws aimed at reducing emissions and saving customers money
on their utility bills. As net metering has expanded, questions have
been raised about the socialized cost to ratepayers who have not
installed renewable generating systems, as well as questions that ask
for a clearer picture of the environmental benefits achieved for the
state as a whole and the avoided costs realized by customer
generators. The purpose of this bill is to require the public service
commission to perform a non-biased cost-benefit analysis of New York's
net metering program. A similar study was mandated in California and
is due for publication this June. Getting a clear handle on the costs
and benefits of any government program, even one that is widely
accepted and acknowledged as a positive one is important if government
is truly trying to be more efficient and transparent. This bill will
provide a comprehensive and balanced look at the environmental and
economic impacts of net metering and will provide policy makers with
important insights that can help to inform their decisions moving
forward.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5149

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 a study by the
  public service commission on net metering

  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
66-n to read as follows:
  S 66-N. NET METERING STUDY. THE COMMISSION SHALL CONDUCT  A  STUDY  TO
ANALYZE  THE  ECONOMIC  AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FROM AND THE ECONOMIC
COST BURDEN, IF ANY, OF THE NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM AND  TO  ANALYZE
THE  EXTENT  TO  WHICH  EACH  CLASS OF RATEPAYERS AND EACH REGION OF THE
STATE RECEIVING SERVICE UNDER THE NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM IS  PAYING
THE  FULL COST OF SERVICES PROVIDED TO THEM BY COMBINED ELECTRIC AND GAS
CORPORATIONS AND GAS CORPORATIONS, AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEIR CUSTOM-
ERS PAY A SHARE OF COSTS OF PUBLIC PURPOSE PROGRAMS THROUGH  ASSESSMENTS
ON THEIR ELECTRIC AND/OR GAS BILLS. IN ANALYZING PROGRAM COSTS AND BENE-
FITS  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY, THE COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER ALL
ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY RENEWABLE ELECTRIC GENERATING SYSTEMS  ELIGIBLE
FOR  NET  METERING  UNDER  SECTIONS  SIXTY-SIX-J AND SIXTY-SIX-L OF THIS
ARTICLE, INCLUDING THE ELECTRICITY USED ONSITE TO REDUCE THE  CUSTOMER'S
CONSUMPTION  OF ELECTRICITY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE SUPPLIED THROUGH THE
ELECTRICAL GRID, AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL OUTPUT THAT IS BEING FED BACK  TO
THE  ELECTRICAL  GRID  FOR  WHICH  THE  CUSTOMER  RECEIVES CREDIT OR NET
SURPLUS ELECTRICITY  COMPENSATION  UNDER  NET  ENERGY  METERING.  AS  IT
RELATES  TO  THE  ENVIRONMENTAL  BENEFITS,  THE STUDY SHALL QUANTIFY THE
APPROXIMATE AVOIDED LEVEL OF HARMFUL EMISSIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMIT-
ED TO, INFORMATION CONCERNING: NITROGEN DIOXIDE, SULFUR  DIOXIDE,  TOTAL
PARTICULATES  AND CARBON DIOXIDE, AS WELL AS OTHER AIR POLLUTANTS DEEMED
NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE FOR STUDY BY THE COMMISSION. THE  STUDY  SHALL

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10909-01-3

S. 5149                             2

ALSO  QUANTIFY THE ECONOMIC COSTS AND BENEFITS OF NET ENERGY METERING TO
PARTICIPANTS AND NON-PARTICIPANTS AND  SHALL  FURTHER  DISAGGREGATE  THE
RESULTS  BY  UTILITY, CUSTOMER CLASS AND HOUSEHOLD INCOME GROUPS, WITHIN
THE  RESIDENTIAL  CLASS. THE STUDY SHALL ALSO GATHER AND PRESENT DATA ON
THE INCOME DISTRIBUTION OF RESIDENTIAL NET METERING PARTICIPANTS THAT IS
PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND AGGREGATED BY ZIP CODE AND COUNTY.  IN  ORDER  TO
ASSESS THE ECONOMIC COSTS AND BENEFITS AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF NET METERING
IMPLEMENTATION,  THE  STUDY SHALL BE CONDUCTED USING MULTIPLE NET ENERGY
METERING PENETRATION SCENARIOS.
  THE COMMISSION SHALL PUBLISH A REPORT FROM ITS  FINDINGS.  THE  REPORT
MUST BE PUBLISHED WITHIN TWO HUNDRED FORTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
THIS  SECTION.  A  COPY OF THE REPORT MUST BE FURNISHED TO THE TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR  OF  THE
SENATE  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE  AND THE CHAIR OF THE
ASSEMBLY ENERGY COMMITTEE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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