senate Bill S3635

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a Green Energy Emergency Backup Program

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Feb 27, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Feb 07, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

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Feb 27, 2013 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Feb 27, 2013

S3635 - Bill Details

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New York State Energy Research and Development Act

S3635 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a Green Energy Emergency Backup Program to provides fund for gas stations seeking to install renewable energy back-up systems.

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BILL NUMBER:S3635

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to creating a green energy emergency
backup program

PURPOSE: To provide a grant program to assist owners of retail motor
fuel stations with the installation of emergency back-up generators
powered by renewable energy sources.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1-creates the program and directs NYSERDA to promulgate rules
and regulations to administer it. Further, it makes clear that potential
recipients shall be subject to a competitive process for awards, and
makes clear that the money to fund the program which is capped at $25
million, will come from Federal funds made available to the state to
address the impact of Hurricane Sandy

Section 2-Sets forth the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: One of the many problems that New Yorkers faced in the
aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was a severe shortage of available gasoline
in the downstate region. This was as a result of a lack of back-up
generators at retail fuel stations, which made it impossible to utilize
pumps. In the aftermath of the storm, and as recovery continues, it is
important to address the short term problems faced by residents affected
by the storm, like the inability to access adequate supplied of gasoline
and also the longer term problems related to the potential impacts that
changes in the climate are having in terms of increasing the frequency
of severe weather patterns. This bill addresses both sets of concerns,
by providing assistance to the owners of retail motor fuel stations who
are looking to install back-up generation, while at the same time
encouraging these small business owners to use renewable technologies
and advanced battery storage devices that are better for our environ-
ment.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None, the funding is provided through money being
made available to the state by the Federal government

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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

                                  3635

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN ACT relating to creating a green energy emergency backup program

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

  Section 1. 1. Notwithstanding any other  provision  of  law,  rule  or
regulation  to  the  contrary,  a  Green Energy Emergency Backup Program
shall be created and administered by the New York state energy  research
and development authority.
  2.  The  New York state energy research and development authority will
promulgate rules and guidelines for a program aimed at providing assist-
ance to owners of retail motor fuel stations that seek to install renew-
able energy backup systems powered by renewable energy sources,  includ-
ing but not limited to solar and wind power. Funds provided through this
program  shall  also  allow  for assistance in installing battery backup
technology or other energy storage devices.
  3. The authority shall conduct competitive solicitations for proposals
and establish clear criteria for awards. Such competitive  solicitations
shall be designed in a manner and form to be determined by the authority
as  well  as  a  schedule  for  such  competitive  solicitations,  award
selection and distribution of funds. The authority shall rank  proposals
received in response to competitive solicitations and choose the highest
ranked proposals measured on the criteria established. No single recipi-
ent shall receive a grant exceeding fifty percent of the total installed
cost of the project.
  4.  The  authority shall make available $25 million from federal funds
allocated to the state of New  York  for  hurricane  relief  which  were
appropriated in January of 2013, that are not already directly earmarked
for  another clearly delineated statutory purpose, for the establishment
of this grant program.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08687-01-3

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