senate Bill S7755

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the public utility extreme weather and storm hardening assessment act of 2014

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 05, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications


S7755 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §66, Pub Serv L; amd §§1020-f & 1014, Pub Auth L

S7755 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to utility assessment of and accommodation to climate change; requires utility companies to complete and file a climate change impact statement every five years.

S7755 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7755 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            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


  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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