senate Bill S5149A
(R) 0 Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
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.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to a
study by the public service commission on net metering
To authorize and direct the commission to perform a study on the econom-
ic 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 three hundred sixty five days of the bill's effective date
Section 2: Sets forth the effective date
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.
This is a new bill
This act shall take effect immediately.
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