senate Bill S6499B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to carbon dioxide allowances for biomass-fired electric generating facilities under the carbon dioxide budget trading program

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
Jun 09, 2014 amended on third reading 6499b
Apr 28, 2014 amended on third reading (t) 6499a
Mar 04, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 03, 2014 2nd report cal.
Feb 27, 2014 1st report cal.187
Jan 30, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications

Co-Sponsors

S6499 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8888B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §73, Pub Serv L; amd §1854, Pub Auth L; amd §19-0312, En Con L

S6499 - Summary

Establishes that electric generating facilities that use biomass for more than 50% of its annual heat input shall not be required to obtain carbon dioxide allowances for carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the burning of biomass under the carbon dioxide budget trading program.

S6499 - Sponsor Memo

S6499 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6499

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. MAZIARZ, RITCHIE, GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Energy
  and Telecommunications

AN  ACT to amend the public service law, the public authorities law, and
  the environmental conservation law, in relation to biomass-fired elec-
  tric generating facilities subject  to  the  regional  greenhouse  gas
  initiative,  the  CO2  budget  trading  program, and the CO2 allowance
  auction program

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds and
declares that it is in the economic and environmental interests  of  the
citizens  of  the  state  of New York to support and encourage renewable
energy generation through the conversion of coal-fired electric generat-
ing facilities to biomass-fired facilities. The  combustion  of  biomass
offers a sustainable and manageable carbon lifecycle since the materials
included  in  biomass  generally  absorb atmospheric carbon during their
lifecycle and then return it to the atmosphere during combustion.   This
process  mimics the natural lifecycle of plant life that can fall to the
forest floor, decompose and return its carbon to the atmosphere.
  The legislature further finds and  declares  that  biomass  production
facilities  support  and sustain jobs, particularly in upstate New York,
where more than four thousand people are employed directly or indirectly
by the industry. In fact, many of the largest and most successful  biom-
ass  facilities  are  located  in parts of New York state that have high
unemployment and are in desperate need of economic development. New York
state also possesses an abundance of  biomass  fuel  due  to  the  large
amount  of  untapped forest and agricultural land where biomass fuel can
be collected. Biomass is the equivalent of solar energy stored in organ-
ic matter and is environmentally friendly while costing around one third
of the cost of fossil fuels.
  As such, to the extent that operators of electric  generating  facili-
ties in New York state are willing to convert formerly coal-fired facil-
ities  (boilers,  combustion  turbines,  or  combined  cycle systems) to

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

Co-Sponsors

S6499A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8888B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §73, Pub Serv L; amd §1854, Pub Auth L; amd §19-0312, En Con L

S6499A - Summary

Establishes that electric generating facilities that use biomass for more than 50% of its annual heat input shall not be required to obtain carbon dioxide allowances for carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the burning of biomass under the carbon dioxide budget trading program.

S6499A - Sponsor Memo

S6499A - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6499--A
    Cal. No. 187

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. MAZIARZ, RITCHIE, GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Energy
  and  Telecommunications  --  reported  favorably  from said committee,
  ordered to first and  second  report,  ordered  to  a  third  reading,
  amended  and  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of
  third reading

AN ACT to amend the public service law, the public authorities law,  and
  the environmental conservation law, in relation to biomass-fired elec-
  tric  generating  facilities  subject  to  the regional greenhouse gas
  initiative and the CO2 budget trading program

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

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds and
declares that it is in the economic and environmental interests  of  the
citizens  of  the  state  of New York to support and encourage renewable
energy generation through the conversion of coal-fired electric generat-
ing facilities to biomass-fired facilities. The  combustion  of  biomass
offers a sustainable and manageable carbon lifecycle since the materials
included  in  biomass  generally  absorb atmospheric carbon during their
lifecycle and then return it to the atmosphere during combustion.   This
process  mimics the natural lifecycle of plant life that can fall to the
forest floor, decompose and return its carbon to the atmosphere.
  The legislature further finds and  declares  that  biomass  production
facilities  support  and sustain jobs, particularly in upstate New York,
where more than four thousand people are employed directly or indirectly
by the industry. In fact, many of the largest and most successful  biom-
ass  facilities  are  located  in parts of New York state that have high
unemployment and are in desperate need of economic development. New York
state also possesses an abundance of  biomass  fuel  due  to  the  large
amount  of  untapped forest and agricultural land where biomass fuel can
be collected. Biomass is the equivalent of solar energy stored in organ-
ic matter and is environmentally friendly while costing around one third
of the cost of fossil fuels.

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

Co-Sponsors

S6499B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8888B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §73, Pub Serv L; amd §1854, Pub Auth L; amd §19-0312, En Con L

S6499B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes that electric generating facilities that use biomass for more than 50% of its annual heat input shall not be required to obtain carbon dioxide allowances for carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the burning of biomass under the carbon dioxide budget trading program.

S6499B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6499B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 6499--B
    Cal. No. 187

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 30, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. MAZIARZ, RITCHIE, GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Energy
  and  Telecommunications  --  reported  favorably  from said committee,
  ordered to first and  second  report,  ordered  to  a  third  reading,
  amended  and  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of
  third reading -- again amended and ordered  reprinted,  retaining  its
  place in the order of third reading

AN  ACT to amend the public service law, the public authorities law, and
  the environmental conservation law, in relation to biomass-fired elec-
  tric generating facilities subject  to  the  regional  greenhouse  gas
  initiative and the CO2 budget trading program

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

  Section 1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  and
declares  that  it is in the economic and environmental interests of the
citizens of the state of New York to  support  and  encourage  renewable
energy generation through the conversion of coal-fired electric generat-
ing  facilities  to  biomass-fired facilities. The combustion of biomass
offers a sustainable and manageable carbon lifecycle since the materials
included in biomass generally absorb  atmospheric  carbon  during  their
lifecycle  and then return it to the atmosphere during combustion.  This
process mimics the natural lifecycle of plant life that can fall to  the
forest floor, decompose and return its carbon to the atmosphere.
  The  legislature  further  finds  and declares that biomass production
facilities support and sustain jobs, particularly in upstate  New  York,
where more than four thousand people are employed directly or indirectly
by  the industry. In fact, many of the largest and most successful biom-
ass facilities are located in parts of New York  state  that  have  high
unemployment and are in desperate need of economic development. New York
state  also  possesses  an  abundance  of  biomass fuel due to the large
amount of untapped forest and agricultural land where biomass  fuel  can
be collected. Biomass is the equivalent of solar energy stored in organ-
ic matter and is environmentally friendly while costing around one third
of the cost of fossil fuels.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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