senate Bill S4886

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to conduct an analysis of the potential impacts of participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by out of state generators

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 30, 2013 referred to energy
May 29, 2013 delivered to assembly
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May 23, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 22, 2013 2nd report cal.
May 21, 2013 1st report cal.701
Apr 30, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

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May 21, 2013 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Directs the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to conduct an analysis of the potential impacts of participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by out of state generators and also a cost benefit analysis of all of the programs associated with the program as it currently operates.

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BILL NUMBER:S4886

TITLE OF BILL: An act directing the New York state energy research
and development authority to conduct an analysis of the potential
impacts of participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by
out of state generators

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To study the costs and benefits of the state's current programs
associated with the regional greenhouse gas initiative and to analyze
the feasibility, potential methodology and likely impacts of requiring
out of state generators who export power to New York to participate in
the program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Requires NYSERDA to issue a request for proposals for
interested parties to submit bids to conduct a study on programs
associated with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and lays out
the parameters of the study which will include an analysis of the
potential impacts of requiring out of state generators who export
power to New York to participate in the program and also an
examination of the costs and benefits of RGGI programs that are
already being implemented.

Section 2: Requires submission of the study upon its completion to the
Governor and legislative leaders by March 1, 2014.

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 purchase of
carbon off-sets by companies who produce emissions, and the money is
used to fund several programs, including Green-Jobs Green New York and
On-Bill recovery. These programs are laudable and reports are
published on them each year, and yet, there is information that is not
readily available about the impacts and potential costs of the program
as it relates to job creation and potential impacts on ratepayers.
This bill will allow an independent third party to study the impacts
of the current program and report back to the legislature and the
governor about the benefits and potential challenges created by the
implementation of the program. The environmental benefits of the
program are positive and well-known but it is important to fully
understand the net impact on jobs, local tax base and on ratepayers
from the implementation of the program thus far.

The study required in the bill also seeks an analysis of expanding the
RGGI program to require out of state generators to participate in the
carbon credit auction or pay a fee for exporting to the state or some
other idea that would allow for a more level playing field.
Currently, New York Generators have to pay additional expenses
associated with RGGI but generators who export to the state from New
Jersey and Pennsylvania (Non-RGGI States) do not. Some believe that
this is creating an unlevel playing field and making it harder for our
generators to compete and therefore putting jobs at risk. The


environmental benefits of the program may also be undercut, as dirtier
forms of generation continue to operate in neighboring states and
produce carbon that ultimately impacts the environment as well as the
health of New Yorkers. This bill seeks a report from experts to
determine whether requiring participation of out of State generators
is a good idea, and also to recommend the most efficient way to
implement such a program with the least impact on competitive markets.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

minimal fiscal impact to the state

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4886

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 30, 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  directing  the  New  York state energy research and development
  authority to conduct an analysis of the potential impacts  of  partic-
  ipation  in  the  Regional  Greenhouse  Gas Initiative by out of state
  generators

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

  Section 1. The New York state energy research and development authori-
ty  shall, within ninety days of the effective date of this act, issue a
request for proposals to conduct an analysis of the potential impacts of
participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by out of  state
generators and also a cost benefit analysis of all of the programs asso-
ciated  with  the  program as it currently operates. Such analysis shall
include but not be limited to the following:
  1. An analysis of the feasibility  and  potential  impacts,  including
those  on  competitive  markets and possible methodologies that could be
employed to either require out of state generators who export  power  to
the  state  to  participate  in the auction associated with the Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative or impose charges on such  power,  or  utilize
other  methods  to  ensure  equitable treatment for generators operating
inside and outside the state; and
  2. An examination of the costs associated with the Regional Greenhouse
Gas Initiative, including a breakdown in the aggregate of the allowances
purchased organized by county of origin, as well as a specific breakdown
of the money spent from all of the programs associated with the Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative, including financial assistance  provided  and
projects constructed in each region since the inception of each program,
and  a comprehensive analysis of jobs lost and gained as a result of the
programs associated with the charges associated with the auction and the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10666-01-3

S. 4886                             2

projects undertaken with such proceeds, and any impacts  on  competitive
markets as well as any direct ratepayer impacts.
  S  2.  The  analyses  required  by  this act shall be submitted to the
governor, the temporary president of the  senate,  the  speaker  of  the
assembly,  the  chair of the senate committee on energy and telecommuni-
cations and the chair of the assembly energy committee,  no  later  than
March 1, 2014.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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