senate Bill S7441

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes a community wind energy pilot program

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May 15, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications

S7441 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง66-n, Pub Serv L

S7441 - Bill Texts

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Establishes a community wind energy pilot program; creates an investor owned wind energy electric generating system.

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BILL NUMBER:S7441

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
the community wind energy pilot program

PURPOSE: Establishes a community wind energy pilot program

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the public service law by adding a new section 66-n,
which details the Community Wind Energy pilot program.

Section 2 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Many New Yorkers would like to move to wind energy, but
are unable to because they live in an apartment or other situation that
is unsuitable for a wind installation. A community wind energy pilot
project will allow those New Yorkers to invest in an off-site wind ener-
gy, offsetting their energy consumption and creating an ongoing funding
stream for new installations.

Wind energy releases no pollution into the air or water, and does not
contribute to global climate change. It is a free and inexhaustible
source of energy. Community wind energy installations will diversity New
York State's energy portfolio and reduce its reliance on foreign sources
of energy. It will create good jobs in construction and maintenance of
the systems while providing new sources of revenue to rural landowners,
farmers, and communities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7441

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GIPSON -- 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 the community
  wind energy pilot program

  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
66-n to read as follows:
  S 66-N. COMMUNITY WIND ENERGY PILOT PROGRAM. 1. THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
ESTABLISH  A NEW YORK STATE PILOT PROGRAM PROMOTING THE USE OF COMMUNITY
WIND ENERGY.
  2. THE COMMISSION  SHALL  OVERSEE  THE  IMPLEMENTATION  OF  THE  PILOT
PROGRAM  AND  SHALL  ISSUE  AN  ORDER  OF THE COMMISSION AUTHORIZING THE
CONSTRUCTION OF A WIND ENERGY SYSTEM INSTALLATION.
  3. THE COMMISSION SHALL INVITE CONSUMERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM
AS SUBSCRIBERS, PROVIDED THAT:
  (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL SET A SUBSCRIPTION  SCHEDULE,  INCLUDING  THE
PRICE PER WATT TO SUBSCRIBE AND THE PERCENTAGE OF THE TOTAL INSTALLATION
EACH SUBSCRIPTION LEVEL SHALL REPRESENT;
  (B)  SUBSCRIBERS  SHALL MAKE A ONE TIME PAYMENT TO THE COMMISSION AND,
IN RETURN, SUBSCRIBERS SHALL BE PAID A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND FOR THE ENERGY
GENERATED BY THE WATTS COVERED BY THEIR SUBSCRIPTION LEVEL;
  (C) A CONSUMER SHALL BE PAID ON A QUARTERLY BASIS BASED ON THE CONSUM-
ER'S SUBSCRIPTION LEVEL;
  (D) THE COMMISSION SHALL SET A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SUBSCRIPTIONS AT EACH
LEVEL; AND
  (E) THE MINIMUM PRICE PER SUBSCRIPTION SHALL NOT EXCEED  FIVE  HUNDRED
DOLLARS.
  4.  ALL  ENERGY GENERATED BY THE WIND ENERGY SYSTEM INSTALLATION SHALL
BE SOLD BACK TO AN INVESTOR-OWNED UTILITY.
  5. ONE PERCENT OF ALL PAYMENTS DUE TO SUBSCRIBERS SHALL BE HELD BY THE
COMMISSION TO PAY FOR THE CAPITAL  INVESTMENT  INTO  THE  ORIGINAL  WIND
ENERGY  SYSTEM  INSTALLATION.  AFTER  THE ORIGINAL INSTALLATION HAS BEEN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15137-01-4

S. 7441                             2

PAID IN FULL, THE ONE PERCENT HELD BY THE COMMISSION SHALL  BE  USED  TO
FUND NEW WIND ENERGY SYSTEM INSTALLATIONS IN THE SAME MANNER.
  6.  THE STATE SHALL RETAIN OWNERSHIP OF THE WIND ENERGY SYSTEM INSTAL-
LATION AND OF ANY RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS GENERATED  BY  THE  INSTALLA-
TION.
  7.  SUBSCRIBERS  SHALL BE PAID FOR ENERGY GENERATED AT THE RETAIL RATE
AND NOT AT THE AVOIDED-COST RATE.
  8. THE MAXIMUM SIZE OF THE INSTALLATION SHALL BE  TWO  THOUSAND  KILO-
WATTS.
  9. SUBSCRIPTIONS MAY NOT BE RESOLD TO ANY ENTITY OTHER THAN THE STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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