senate Bill S2671

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to carbon dioxide allowances for biomass-fired electric generating facilities under the carbon dioxide budget trading program

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 22, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications


S2671 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §73, Pub Serv L; amd §1854, Pub Auth L; amd §19-0312, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S6499
2015-2016: S4529
2017-2018: S6063
2019-2020: S1431

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

S2671 (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  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-
 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
   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.


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