Assembly Bill A535

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts the "New York grid modernization act"

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

Do you support this bill?

Please enter your contact information

Home address is used to determine the senate district in which you reside. Your support or opposition to this bill is then shared immediately with the senator who represents you.

Optional services from the NY State Senate:

Create an account. An account allows you to officially support or oppose key legislation, sign petitions with a single click, and follow issues, committees, and bills that matter to you. When you create an account, you agree to this platform's terms of participation.

Include a custom message for your Senator? (Optional)

Enter a message to your senator. Many New Yorkers use this to share the reasoning behind their support or opposition to the bill. Others might share a personal anecdote about how the bill would affect them or people they care about.

2021-A535 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Energy
Law Section:
Energy Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §6-102, Energy L; add §66-q, amd §66, Pub Serv L; amd §1005, ren §§1020-jj, 1020-kk & 1020-ll to be §§1020-kk, 1020-ll & 1020-mm, add §1020-jj, Pub Auth L; ren Art 7 §§70 - 72 to be Art 8 §§80 - 82, add Art 7 §70, Rur Elec Coop L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A2371
2017-2018: A7480
2019-2020: A185
2023-2024: A7958

2021-A535 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "New York grid modernization act" to address the aging infrastructure; establishes the grid modernization program; defines terms; creates the smart grid advisory council

2021-A535 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              January 6, 2021
 Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Energy
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  energy  law, the public service law, the public
   authorities law and the rural electric cooperative law, in relation to
   establishing the "New York grid modernization act"

   Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
 the "New York grid modernization act".
   § 2. Legislative findings and purpose. The legislature finds that  the
 widely acknowledged bottlenecks in the state's aging infrastructure have
 resulted  in high delivery costs for the downstate region and struggling
 power plants upstate. This outdated transmission system  is  leading  to
 unnecessary  congestion costs. Additionally, increasingly frequent trau-
 matic weather events have highlighted the unreliability and  uncertainty
 of  our current system. Investments to modernize the state's infrastruc-
 ture are needed to reach our energy goals as society's growing  reliance
 on  electricity  along  with  advancements in smart grid technology have
 made the old model obsolete.
   The legislature further finds and recognizes  that  as  the  available
 resources  and technologies evolve, the design of the smart grid must be
 capable of adapting to shifting conditions and priorities to meet utili-
 ty and customer needs. In the short term, utilities should pursue estab-
 lished and reliable technologies that can provide a  relatively  certain
 return on investment.
   In  the  longer  term,  federal investment has provided for smart grid
 projects nationwide, which will generate a significant base of knowledge
 that will help identify technologies that are most effective.
   The legislature also finds that half of the current workforce involved
 in the production and delivery of our electricity will be retired or  no

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


Open Legislation is a forum for New York State legislation. All comments are subject to review and community moderation is encouraged.

Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity, hate or toxic speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Attempts to intimidate and silence contributors or deliberately deceive the public, including excessive or extraneous posting/posts, or coordinated activity, are prohibited and may result in the temporary or permanent banning of the user. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday. By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.

Create an account. An account allows you to sign petitions with a single click, officially support or oppose key legislation, and follow issues, committees, and bills that matter to you. When you create an account, you agree to this platform's terms of participation.