|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 05, 2014||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S7755
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7755 - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Law Section:
- Public Service Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §66, Pub Serv L; amd §§1020-f & 1014, Pub Auth L
S7755 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7755 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law and the public authorities law, in relation to utility assessment of and accommodation to climate change PURPOSE:, To require electric and natural gas utilities, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to periodically assess and report to the PSC on their vulnerability to extreme weather and related threats posed by climate change. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill establishes the title of the Act as the "Public Utility Extreme Weather and Storm Hardening Assessment Act of 2014." Section two sets forth the legislative intent. Section three adds a new subdivision (18) to Section 66 of the Public Service Law to: 1. Define the terms "public utility," "drought," "heightened potential for forest fires" and "weather event;" 2. Require that public utilities periodically prepare a climate change
S7755 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7755 I N S E N A T E June 5, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- (at request of the Attorney General) -- 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 and the public authorities law, in relation to utility assessment of and accommodation to climate change THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "public utility extreme weather and storm hardening assessment act of 2014". S 2. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are continuing to increase and that the international community of scien- tists who study such matters overwhelmingly believe that this progres- sive increase in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is causing and will continue to cause an increase in the severity of weather events as well as an increase in the frequency of such weather events in New York state and globally, phenomena common- ly referred to as climate change. Severe weather events have caused and have the potential to cause in the future, significant disruptions to the provision of essential utili- ty services to the public, including electric and natural gas services. In our modern-day society the provision of adequate and reliable public utility services is essential to the safety, health and well-being of all New Yorkers and to the state's economy. It is therefore critical that the providers of public utility services adopt and follow protocols and procedures that will allow them to antic- ipate the impacts of climate change on their ability to provide these essential services and that allow them to undertake appropriate actions that will avoid or, at the very least minimize, any disruptions to these essential utility services that may be caused by the severe weather events resulting from climate change. S 3. Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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