|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 22, 2021||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S2671
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S2671 (ACTIVE) - Details
S2671 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Establishes that electric generating facilities that use biomass for more than 50% of its annual heat input shall not be required to obtain carbon dioxide allowances for carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the burning of biomass under the carbon dioxide budget trading program.
S2671 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S2671 SPONSOR: RITCHIE TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, the public authorities law, and the environmental conservation law, in relation to biomass-fired elec- tric generating facilities subject to the regional greenhouse gas initi- ative and the CO2 budget trading program PURPOSE: To encourage existing coal-fired electricity generating facilities to convert to combusting biomass. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Declares the Legislature's intent. Section 2: Adds section 73 to the public service law.
S2671 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2671 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 22, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Tele- communications AN ACT to amend the public service law, the public authorities law, and the environmental conservation law, in relation to biomass-fired elec- tric generating facilities subject to the regional greenhouse gas initiative and the CO2 budget trading program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds and declares that it is in the economic and environmental interests of the citizens of the state of New York to support and encourage renewable energy generation through the conversion of coal-fired electric generat- ing facilities to biomass-fired facilities. The combustion of biomass offers a sustainable and manageable carbon lifecycle since the materials included in biomass generally absorb atmospheric carbon during their lifecycle and then return it to the atmosphere during combustion. This process mimics the natural lifecycle of plant life that can fall to the forest floor, decompose and return its carbon to the atmosphere. The legislature further finds and declares that biomass production facilities support and sustain jobs, particularly in upstate New York, where more than four thousand people are employed directly or indirectly by the industry. In fact, many of the largest and most successful biom- ass facilities are located in parts of New York state that have high unemployment and are in desperate need of economic development. New York state also possesses an abundance of biomass fuel due to the large amount of untapped forest and agricultural land where biomass fuel can be collected. Biomass is the equivalent of solar energy stored in organ- ic matter and is environmentally friendly while costing around one third of the cost of fossil fuels. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06238-01-1
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