senate Bill S3379A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 27, 2014 reported and committed to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Nov 13, 2013 print number 3379a
amend (t) and recommit to finance
Apr 23, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Feb 01, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Feb 27, 2014 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S3379A
7
1
committee
7
Aye
1
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Feb 27, 2014

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aye wr (2)

Apr 23, 2013 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S3379
7
1
committee
7
Aye
1
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: Apr 23, 2013

nay (1)
aye wr (3)

Bill Amendments

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S3379 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7799A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §67-b, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7184

S3379 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S3379

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 arc 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 consump-
tion 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 sche-
dules. 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 poten-
tial 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 Utili-
ties 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: 2012 S.7184 - Finance Committee.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3379

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

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.
                                                           LBD06558-01-3

S3379A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7799A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §67-b, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7184

S3379A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S3379A

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

PURPOSE:

Provides consumers the option to elect not to use transmitting utility
meters (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:

Transmitting utility meters (smart meters) are an advancement in
technology that allow utility companies to track a customers
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 right 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:.

2012 - S. 7184 finance committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE:


Immediate.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3379--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 1, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the
  Committee  on  Finance  -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to providing consum-
  ers the option to elect not to use transmitting utility 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. TRANSMITTING UTILITY METER; ELECTION NOT TO USE. NOTWITHSTAND-
ING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO  PROVIDE
THAT  CONSUMERS  MAY ELECT NOT TO USE TRANSMITTING UTILITY 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 "TRANSMITTING UTILITY METER" MEANS AN
ELECTRIC METER THAT IS CAPABLE  OF  RECORDING  CONSUMPTION  OF  ELECTRIC
ENERGY  AND  COMMUNICATING  SUCH  INFORMATION UTILIZING TWO-WAY COMMUNI-
CATION 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.
                                                           LBD06558-03-3

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