senate Bill S5290

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Authorizes the secretary of state to appoint a person from the utility intervention unit within the consumer protection division to serve on the state energy planning board

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S5290 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7069
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Energy Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง6-102, Energy L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A10579

S5290 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the secretary of state to appoint a person from the utility intervention unit within the consumer protection division to serve on the state energy planning board.

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BILL NUMBER:S5290

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law, in relation to the
composition of the state energy planning board

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The bill will restore consumer representation on the State Energy
Planning Board.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Amends subdivision 1 of section 6-102 of the energy law, directing the

Secretary of State to appoint a representative from the Consumer
Protection Division's Utility Intervention Unit to serve on the State
Energy Planning Board.

JUSTIFICATION:

Over the past 15 years there has been a steep decline in state and
independent resources dedicated to consumer advocacy. New York used to
have robust network of state and not-for-profit entities whose mission
was to stand up for the interests of residents, small businesses and
low-income families when it came to energy matters. In 1994, the
Consumer Protection Board had 31 staff people dedicated to utility
intervention. There were also independent advocates like the Citizens'
Utility Board and the Public Utility Law Project. Since that time, the
utility industry has been deregulated, creating a complicated and
confusing marketplace, and these important groups have been dissolved
and de-funded, leaving the average citizen without a voice.

The Consumer Protection Board was eliminated in 2012. The Utility
Intervention Unit was transferred to the Department of State.
However, their seat on the State Energy Planning Board was not
included in the new statute. This legislation will restore their
representation on the Board, ensuring the considerations of consumer
interests are included in the State Energy plan.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.

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

                                  5290

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2013
                               ___________

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

AN  ACT  to  amend the energy law, in relation to the composition of the
  state energy planning board

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

  Section  1.    Subdivision  1  of  section 6-102 of the energy law, as
amended by chapter 195 of the laws  of  2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  1.  There  shall be established a state energy planning board, herein-
after referred to as the "board", which shall consist of  the  chair  of
the public service commission, the commissioner of environmental conser-
vation,  the  commissioner  of economic development, the commissioner of
transportation, the commissioner of labor, the commissioner of the divi-
sion of homeland security and emergency services,  the  commissioner  of
agriculture  and  markets,  the commissioner of health, the secretary of
state and the president of the New York state energy research and devel-
opment authority. The governor, the speaker  of  the  assembly  and  the
temporary  president  of  the  senate  shall each appoint one additional
representative to serve on the board;  IN  ADDITION,  THE  SECRETARY  OF
STATE SHALL APPOINT, FROM THE UTILITY INTERVENTION UNIT WITH THE CONSUM-
ER PROTECTION DIVISION ESTABLISHED IN SECTION NINETY-FOUR-A OF THE EXEC-
UTIVE  LAW,  AN  ADDITIONAL PERSON TO SERVE ON THE BOARD.  The presiding
officer of the federally designated electric bulk system operator  (BSO)
shall  serve as a non-voting member of the board. Any decision or action
by the board shall be by majority vote. The president of  the  New  York
state  energy research and development authority shall serve as chair of
the board. Members of the board may designate an executive staff  repre-
sentative to participate on the board on their behalf.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10593-01-3

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