Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 02, 2022||
referred to energy and telecommunications
Senate Bill S8198
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S8198 (ACTIVE) - Details
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Energy And Telecommunications
- Law Section:
- Public Service Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §§4, 5, 30, 31, 66 & 66-a, rpld §§66-b & 66-g, add §§66-s & 77-a, Pub Serv L; amd §12, Transp Corps L
- Versions Introduced in 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
2021-S8198 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8198 SPONSOR: KRUEGER TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law and the transportation corpo- rations law, in relation to aligning utility regulation with state climate justice and emission reduction targets; to repeal section 66-b of the public service law relating to continuation of gas service; and to repeal section 66-g of the public service law relating to the sale of indigenous natural gas for generation of electricity PURPOSE: The purpose of the bill is to ensure that state regulation and oversight of gas utilities provides for the equitable achievement of the climate justice and emission reduction mandates set forth in the Climate Leader- ship and Community Protection Act (the "CLCPA"). This bill provides the Public Service Commission with the authority and direction to align gas utility regulation and gas system planning with the CLCPA's mandates. Specifically, the bill removes the legal basis and subsidies driving the expansion of gas systems and requires the commission to adopt rules and develop a statewide gas service transition plan that is consonant with
2021-S8198 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8198 I N S E N A T E February 2, 2022 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KRUEGER -- 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 and the transportation corpo- rations law, in relation to aligning utility regulation with state climate justice and emission reduction targets; to repeal section 66-b of the public service law relating to continuation of gas service; and to repeal section 66-g of the public service law relating to the sale of indigenous natural gas for generation of electricity THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "gas transition and affordable energy act". § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that: 1. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (the "CLCPA") requires greenhouse gas emission reductions from all sectors, which will entail, among other things, converting buildings throughout the state from heating and cooking with combustible fuels to heating and cooking with non-emitting sources such as energy-efficient air, ground, and water sourced electric heat pumps, which also provide cooling, and elec- tric and induction stoves. 2. Fossil fuels burned in buildings for heating, hot water, and cook- ing account for approximately one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, enabled by utility provision of gas service via pipeline to the property. 3. Heating and cooking with fossil fuels impacts indoor and outdoor air quality, resulting in health impacts such as increased rates of asthma and heart disease. 4. Decarbonization of buildings will require changes to the utility gas regulations and gas planning processes in order to ensure an equita- ble transition and manage economic risks to gas customers, munici- palities, and the utilities as electrification proceeds. 5. Over two and a half million households in New York struggle to pay their heating bills. The Public Service Commission has declared, but not yet achieved the goal that customers should not pay more than 6% of their income for utility energy services, a number based on a nationally accepted standard.
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