Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee applauded last week’s action by the Department of Environmental Conservation in proposing regulations to allow for the construction and operation of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities under permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Chair: Senator George D. Maziarz Public Hearing: To examine and analyze the plans, contentions and arguments put forward in relation to the Indian Point Contingency proceeding being conducted by the New York State Public Service Commission Place: 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2286 Media Contact: Kate Alexander (716) 434-0680 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
The Power Vista--the visitor center for the Niagara Power Project--welcomed its 7 millionth visitor yesterday! The popular facility opened 50 years ago in 1963 and is free to the public. Senator Maziarz was on hand for the celebration.
On May 29, 2013 the Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Maziarz, that exempts electric car charging stations from being regulated as an electric corporation by the PSC. This legislation however was not passed by the Assembly. Last week, the PSC announced that it does not have jurisdiction over these publicly available stations, putting into practice the previously passed Senate legislation.
Governor Cuomo has signed into law Senate Bill 4948A, which directs the New York Power Authority to conduct audits of entities that receive power allocations or monetary payments associated with the federal relicensing agreement. All beneficiaries of power or money associate with these agreements are required to fully cooperate and once the audit is complete, NYPA is then required to report their finding to the Governor and Legislature.
Statement from Senator George Maziarz: "Putting an end to the 18-a utility surcharge cannot come quickly enough. I have been banging this drum louder than anyone else since 2009 when this tax was foolishly created to support bloated state spending.
People use electricity in their homes and businesses every day and, since electrical power has been available to most of us for our entire lives, we also tend to take it for granted. Most people only think about the energy that powers their home once a month when they pay their utility bills, and in that case their typical question is, “why is my bill so high?”