Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 20, 2014
committed to rules
|May 28, 2014
advanced to third reading
|May 21, 2014
2nd report cal.
|May 20, 2014
1st report cal.853
|Feb 27, 2014
reported and committed to finance
|Jan 08, 2014
referred to energy and telecommunications
Senate Bill S6168
2013-2014 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2013-S6168 (ACTIVE) - Details
2013-S6168 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S6168 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to the regional greenhouse gas initiative PURPOSE: To direct the Public Service Commission (PSC) to initiate a stakeholder process and promulgate rules aimed at addressing competitive imbalances between New York State generators who participate in the RGGI program and generators in non-RGGI states who do not. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Sets forth the legislative intent Section 2. Amends the Public Service Law by adding a new section that authorizes and directs the PSC to develop a mechanism aimed at eliminat- ing or minimizing competitive disadvantages those New York State genera- tors who participate in the RGGI program face when competing with out of state generators who do not participate, and thereby avoid the addi- tional cost impacts Further, this section sets a timeline for a stake- holder process on this subject, that requires implementation by July, 2016. Section 3: Sets forth the effective date JUSTIFICATION: Governor Pataki, began the process of forming the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2003 and carbon auctions have been ongoing since 2008. The money from these programs is derived from the
2013-S6168 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6168 I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, O'MARA, RANZENHOFER, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to the regional greenhouse gas initiative 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 77-a to read as follows: S 77-A. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS AND DECLARES THAT IT IS IN THE BEST PUBLIC POLICY INTERESTS OF THE STATE, ITS BUSI- NESSES AND ITS CITIZENS TO ENSURE THAT, TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE, THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF ITS ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AIMED AT REDUCING CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS AND IMPROVING AIR QUALITY UNDER THE REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INITIATIVE (RGGI), ESTABLISHED BY REGULATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, ARE ENFORCED FOR ANY GENERATOR WHO DOES BUSINESS IN THE NEW YORK STATE ENERGY MARKET. THIS POLICY CHANGE IS NECESSARY BECAUSE STATES THAT SURROUND NEW YORK THAT DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN RGGI, BUT WHO DO EXPORT POWER TO NEW YORK STATE, HAVE A DISTINCT COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OVER IN-STATE POWER GENERA- TORS. WHILE THE GOALS OF THE RGGI PROGRAM ARE LAUDABLE, IN-STATE FOSSIL FUEL GENERATORS ARE EXPERIENCING SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THEIR COSTS AS A RESULT OF THE NEED TO BUY CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION ALLOWANCES IN THE RGGI AUCTION, ESTABLISHED BY REGULATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE ENERGY AND RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. HOWEVER, OUT-OF-STATE FOSSIL FUEL GENER- ATORS IN NON-RGGI STATES MAY USE THE SAME EXACT FUEL AND PRODUCE THE GREATER EMISSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT FUEL, BUT ARE STILL ABLE TO EXPORT POWER TO NEW YORK AT A CHEAPER PRICE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH RGGI. THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS HURTS IN-STATE POWER GENERATORS, THREATENS JOBS AND ENCOURAGES THE IMPORTATION OF POLLUTION INTENSIVE POWER FROM OTHER STATES. THE LEGISLATURE FURTHER DECLARES THAT IT IS IN THE BEST ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS OF THE STATE TO ADOPT POLICIES THAT SUPPORT JOB EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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