S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
January 8, 2014
Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to eliminating
certain utility surcharges for certain residential customers
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
54 to read as follows:
S 54. ELIMINATION OF SURCHARGES FOR CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY LAW, RULE, REGULATION OR ORDER TO THE CONTRARY,
NEITHER THE SURCHARGE FOR THE SYSTEM BENEFIT CHARGE NOR THE SURCHARGE
FOR THE RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD NOR THE SURCHARGE FOR THE ENERGY
EFFICIENCY PORTFOLIO STANDARD SHALL APPLY TO, OR BE APPLIED TO, ANY
ELECTRIC OR GAS BILL FOR A RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER THAT IS AT LEAST SIXTY-
FIVE YEARS OF AGE WHOSE INCOME LEVEL WOULD QUALIFY SUCH CUSTOMER FOR THE
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AS DESCRIBED IN PART 393 OF TITLE 18 OF
THE NEW YORK CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS. NO REVENUES FOREGONE BY A GAS
CORPORATION OR AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION OR ANY STATE ENTITY AS A RESULT
OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE RECOVERED FROM ANY OTHER
CUSTOMER OR CLASS OF CUSTOMERS. THE COMMISSION SHALL ADOPT RULES AND
REGULATIONS RELATING TO AGE AND INCOME VERIFICATION AND ANY OTHER RULES
AND REGULATIONS AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY AND PROPER TO IMPLEMENT THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law; provided however, that effective immediately the
public service commission is authorized to amend, revise and/or repeal
any rule, regulation, order or policy necessary for the implementation
of this act on or before such effective date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.