senate Bill S86

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Directs public service commission to require electric and steam corporations to provide rate reductions or refunds for inadequate or interrupted service

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee


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Jan 06, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

S86 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§66 & 80, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1981
2013-2014: S593
2015-2016: S2424
2017-2018: S2670
2019-2020: S1281

S86 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the public service commission to require electric and steam corporations to provide rate reductions or refunds for inadequate or interrupted service; requires electric corporations to reimburse ratepayers for damages to and losses of property and business caused by power outages in certain instances.

S86 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S86 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    86
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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 power of the
   public service commission to require refunds of or reductions in rates
   for inadequate or interrupted electric or steam service
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. Subdivision 20 of section 66 of the public service law, as
 added by chapter 394 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
   20. (A) Notwithstanding any general or  special  law,  rule  or  regu-
 lation, the commission shall have the power to provide for the refund of
 any revenues received by any gas or electric corporation which cause the
 corporation  to  have revenues in the aggregate in excess of its author-
 ized rate of return for a period of twelve months.  The  commission  may
 initiate a proceeding with respect to such a refund after the conclusion
 of any such twelve month period.
   (B)  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  GENERAL OR SPECIAL LAW, RULE OR REGULATION,
 THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  IMPOSE  PROMPT,  MEANINGFUL  RATE   REFUNDS   OR
 REDUCTIONS  IN INSTANCES WHERE ELECTRIC CORPORATIONS FAIL TO MEET OBJEC-
 TIVELY MEASURED SERVICE QUALITY STANDARDS. SUCH  REFUNDS  OR  REDUCTIONS
 SHALL AT A MINIMUM EQUAL FIVE PERCENT OF THE AMOUNT BILLED TO A CUSTOMER
 FOR  THE  PROVISION OF ELECTRIC SERVICE FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE MONTHS OR
 SUCH LONGER PERIOD AS THE COMMISSION MAY PRESCRIBE;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,
 THAT  THE COMMISSION MAY PRESCRIBE A SCHEDULE SETTING FORTH BOTH MINIMUM
 AND  MAXIMUM  AMOUNTS  THAT  A  CUSTOMER  MAY  RECEIVE  IN  REFUNDS   OR
 REDUCTIONS.
   (C)  IN  ADDITION  TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPHS (A) AND (B) OF THIS
 SUBDIVISION, IN EVERY INSTANCE WHERE ELECTRIC SERVICE IS INTERRUPTED DUE
 TO A LOCAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FAILURE LASTING FOR TWELVE HOURS OR  MORE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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