senate Bill S1645A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Mandates a study of energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3

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S1645 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Energy Law
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6693B

S1645 - Bill Texts

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Mandates a study of energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3.

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BILL NUMBER:S1645

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to mandating a study of
energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power
generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To evaluate existing and potential
sources of energy in the event that Indian Point 2 and 3 should not be
able to provide power at some future date. Such an evaluation will
examine the energy resourced and the most energy efficient and
sustainable forms of power available in the event replacement power is
necessary.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Legislative Intent and Findings.

Section 2. Amends Section 6-108 of the energy law by adding a new
subdivision 4 which mandates the board to conduct an additional study
to evaluate the potential impact of closure and discontinuation of
operations of Indian Point Energy Centers 2 and 3. The study must
include, at a minimum, an assessment of each of the following: (a) an
examination of strategies to replace energy otherwise produced by
Indian Point; (b) the potential economic impacts, including but not
limited to state and local tax revenues and employment directly and
indirectly associated with the facility; (c) a plan for workforce
redeployment; and (d) the potential environmental impacts.

Section 3. The board must issue the report required in section two no
later than March 31, 2013. Copies of the report must be provided to
the Governor, Temporary President of the Senate, the Speaker of the
Assembly, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and
Telecommunications and the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy.

Section 4. Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: There has been widespread discussion on how to
evaluate how the 2000 kilowatts of electricity delivered by Indian
Point 2 and 3 could be replaced were the plants to cease functioning.
There are a number of scenarios under which decommissioning could
occur. It is not the intent of this bill to speculate regarding any of
those eventualities; this bill would only offer data that would inform
leaders, the local Dower providers, and the public on the best
available means of replacement energy and then economic and
environmental impacts. Without a plan for replacement energy, any
closure, precipitous or otherwise, could leave the Hudson Valley and
New York City area without a plan for provision of sufficient power.
It should be noted that Indian Point 2 and 3 have sustained numerous
closures without resulting in power shortages to consumers, however
those closures have been relatively short term.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S.6693-B- Referred to Energy and
Telecommunications; Passed the Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To he 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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1645

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN ACT in relation to mandating a study of energy-efficient and sustain-
  able forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2
  and 3

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent and  findings.  The  legislature  hereby
acknowledges  the  uncertainty  of future operations of the Indian Point
Energy  Center  in  Buchanan,  Westchester  County,  pending  unresolved
issues,  including  New  York  state's  issuance  of  a  state pollutant
discharge elimination system permit pursuant to article 17 of the  envi-
ronmental  conservation  law and a water quality certificate pursuant to
section four hundred one of the federal Clean Water Act  and  a  reactor
license renewal by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Due to the
uncertainty over the continued operation of Indian Point Energy Center's
reactors  (IPEC  2  and  IPEC  3) beyond 2013 and 2015 respectively, the
legislature declares the need for a comprehensive plan in the event  the
facility  is  retired.  The  legislature further declares that the state
energy planning board, ("the board") established pursuant to  article  6
of the energy law should be responsible for such study.
  S  2.  1.  In  addition  to  the study required under subdivision 1 of
section 6-108 of the energy law, the board shall  undertake  a  separate
study  to  evaluate the potential impact of the closure and discontinua-
tion of operations by IPEC 2 and IPEC 3. Such study shall include, at  a
minimum,  an  assessment of each of the following: (a) an examination of
strategies to replace energy otherwise produced by Indian  Point  Energy
Center.  The assessment shall examine: (i) additional installed electric
generating capacity; (ii) distributed  electric  generation,  especially

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02691-01-3

S. 1645                             2

generation  using renewable or innovative energy resources; (iii) intra-
state electric transmission system upgrades; (iv) demand response, ener-
gy conservation and efficiency;  and  (v)  energy  storage  technologies
energy efficiency measures.
  (b) the potential economic impacts, including but limited to state and
local  tax  revenues  and  employment directly and indirectly associated
with the facility. The assessment shall examine: (i) the  municipalities
where  the facility is located; (ii) the downstate region, as defined in
subdivision 2 of section 6-102 of the energy law;  and  (iii)  New  York
state.
  (c) a plan for workforce redeployment.
  (d) the potential environmental impacts. The assessment shall include:
(i) a site remediation plan; (ii) a plan for the removal, transportation
and  disposal  of nuclear waste stored at the site; and (iii) the imple-
mentation costs associated with the site remediation and  nuclear  waste
removal, transportation and disposal plans.
  2. The board and any contractors it may retain for such purposes shall
consult  with  entities  that  have resources and expertise to assist in
such study, including, but not limited to, the  BSO,  federal  agencies,
departments  and  commissions,  public  utilities, municipalities in the
region the facility is located and any other electric company  or  trade
organizations.
  S  3. The board shall issue the report required in section two of this
act no later than March  31,  2014.  Copies  of  such  report  shall  be
provided  to  the  governor,  the temporary president of the senate, the
speaker of the assembly, the chair of the senate committee on energy and
telecommunications and the chair of the assembly committee on energy.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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S1645A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Energy Law
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6693B

S1645A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

Mandates a study of energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1645A

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to mandating a study of
energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power
generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To evaluate existing and potential sources of energy in the event that
Indian Point 2 and 3 should not be able to provide power at some
future date. Such an evaluation will examine the energy resourced and
the most energy efficient and sustainable forms of power available in
the event replacement power is necessary.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Legislative Intent and Findings.

Section 2. Amends Section 6-108 of the energy law by adding a new
subdivision 4 which mandates the board to conduct an additional study
to evaluate the potential impact of closure and discontinuation of
operations of Indian Point Energy Centers 2 and 3. The study must
include, at a minimum, an assessment of each of the following: (a) an
examination of strategies to replace energy otherwise produced by
Indian Point; (b) the potential economic impacts, including but not
limited to state and local tax revenues and employment directly and
indirectly associated with the facility; (c) a plan for workforce
redeployment; and (d) the potential environmental impacts.

Section 3. The board must issue the report required in section two no
later than March 31, in the year succeeding the year this law shall
become effective. Copies of the report must be provided to the
Governor, Temporary President of the Senate, the Speaker of the
Assembly, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and
Telecommunications and the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy.

Section 4. Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

There has been widespread discussion on how to evaluate how the 2000
kilowatts of electricity delivered by Indian Point 2 and 3 could be
replaced were the plants to cease functioning. There are a number of
scenarios under which decommissioning could occur. It is not the
intent of this bill to speculate regarding any of those eventualities;
this bill would only offer data that would inform leaders, the local
Dower providers, and the public on the best available means of
replacement energy and then economic and environmental impacts.
Without a plan for replacement energy, any closure, precipitous or
otherwise, could leave the Hudson Valley and New York City area
without a plan for provision of sufficient power. It should be noted
that Indian Point 2 and 3 have sustained numerous closures without
resulting in power shortages to consumers, however those closures have
been relatively short term.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:


2011-12 - S.6693-B- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications; Passed
the Assembly

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1645--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. CARLUCCI, HOYLMAN -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Tele-
  communications -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and  Telecom-
  munications  in  accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT in relation to mandating a study of energy-efficient and sustain-
  able forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2
  and 3

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent  and findings. The legislature hereby
acknowledges the uncertainty of future operations of  the  Indian  Point
Energy  Center  in  Buchanan,  Westchester  County,  pending  unresolved
issues, including  New  York  state's  issuance  of  a  state  pollutant
discharge  elimination system permit pursuant to article 17 of the envi-
ronmental conservation law and a water quality certificate  pursuant  to
section  four  hundred  one of the federal Clean Water Act and a reactor
license renewal by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Due to the
uncertainty over the continued operation of Indian Point Energy Center's
reactors (IPEC 2 and IPEC 3) beyond  2013  and  2015  respectively,  the
legislature  declares the need for a comprehensive plan in the event the
facility is retired. The legislature further  declares  that  the  state
energy  planning  board, ("the board") established pursuant to article 6
of the energy law should be responsible for such study.
  S 2. 1. In addition to the  study  required  under  subdivision  1  of
section  6-108  of  the energy law, the board shall undertake a separate
study to evaluate the potential impact of the closure  and  discontinua-
tion  of operations by IPEC 2 and IPEC 3. Such study shall include, at a
minimum, an assessment of each of the following: (a) an  examination  of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02691-06-4

S. 1645--A                          2

strategies  to  replace energy otherwise produced by Indian Point Energy
Center. The assessment shall examine: (i) additional installed  electric
generating  capacity;  (ii)  distributed electric generation, especially
generation  using renewable or innovative energy resources; (iii) intra-
state electric transmission system upgrades; (iv) demand response, ener-
gy conservation and efficiency;  and  (v)  energy  storage  technologies
energy efficiency measures.
  (b) the potential economic impacts, including but limited to state and
local  tax  revenues  and  employment directly and indirectly associated
with the facility. The assessment shall examine: (i) the  municipalities
where  the facility is located; (ii) the downstate region, as defined in
subdivision 2 of section 6-102 of the energy law;  and  (iii)  New  York
state.
  (c) a plan for workforce redeployment.
  (d) the potential environmental impacts. The assessment shall include:
(i) a site remediation plan; (ii) a plan for the removal, transportation
and  disposal  of nuclear waste stored at the site; and (iii) the imple-
mentation costs associated with the site remediation and  nuclear  waste
removal, transportation and disposal plans.
  2. The board and any contractors it may retain for such purposes shall
consult  with  entities  that  have resources and expertise to assist in
such study, including, but not limited to, the  BSO,  federal  agencies,
departments  and  commissions,  public  utilities, municipalities in the
region the facility is located and any other electric company  or  trade
organizations.
  S  3. The board shall issue the report required in section two of this
act no later than March thirty-first next succeeding the date  on  which
this  act  shall  have  become  a  law.  Copies  of such report shall be
provided to the governor, the temporary president  of  the  senate,  the
speaker of the assembly, the chair of the senate committee on energy and
telecommunications and the chair of the assembly committee on energy.
  S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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