senate Bill S7184

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides consumers the option to elect not to use smart meters and provides that the commission shall not charge a fee to consumers making such election

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May 22, 2012 reported and committed to finance
May 01, 2012 referred to energy and telecommunications

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May 22, 2012 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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S7184 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง67-b, Pub Serv L

S7184 - Bill Texts

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Provides consumers the option to elect not to use smart meters and provides that the commission shall not charge a fee to consumers making such election.

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BILL NUMBER:S7184

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to providing consumers the
option to elect not to use smart meters

PURPOSE:
Provides consumers the option to elect not to use smart
meters and provides that the commission shall not charge a fee to
consumers making such election.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Adds Section 67-B to the Public Service law.

JUSTIFICATION:
Smart meters are an advancement in technology that allows utility
companies to track a customer's electricity consumption remotely,
eliminating the need to send workers to the house.
The smart meters are intended to give consumers information about
their consumption and educate owners on their usage.

However, there is a public sentiment that this information has the
potential to expose private information about homeowners and their
schedules. Many believe that the smart meters have the potential of
being hacked into, similar to criminals accessing credit card
information through hacking into unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Consumers
have expressed concern that the information collected by a smart
meter has the potential to give criminals a schedule for when a house
is most likely empty.

It is important to ensure that the homeowner's light to privacy is not
infringed upon.
Until a code or a regulation is implemented that can guarantee the
security of the information collected by the smart meters, consumers
should have the option to elect not to use a smart meter.

In response to consumers concerns, over the past year, the Public
Utilities Commissions of California, Maine, and Nevada have all
issued orders that allow customers to opt out of smart meters. In
March 2012, the Georgia State Senate also passed legislation allowing
customers to opt out of smart meters.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7184

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 1, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- 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 providing consum-
  ers the option to elect not to use smart meters

  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
67-b to read as follows:
  S  67-B.  SMART  METER; ELECTION NOT TO USE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
PROVISION OF LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE THAT CONSUMERS
MAY ELECT NOT TO USE SMART METERS OF ANY INVESTOR OWNED  ELECTRIC  LIGHT
AND  POWER  COMPANY  SUBJECT  TO REGULATION BY THE COMMISSION; PROVIDED,
HOWEVER, THAT THE COMMISSION SHALL NOT CREATE AND REGULATE  A  SURCHARGE
FOR  CONSUMERS  WHO MAKE SUCH AN ELECTION. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION,
THE TERM "SMART METER" MEANS  AN  ELECTRIC  METER  THAT  IS  CAPABLE  OF
RECORDING CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRIC ENERGY AND COMMUNICATING SUCH INFORMA-
TION  UTILIZING TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE METER AND THE ELECTRIC
SUPPLIER FOR MONITORING AND BILLING PURPOSES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15608-02-2

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