senate Bill S4824A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Provides for storm hardening and system resiliency plans, and requires utility companies to reimburse customers for certain widespread prolonged outages

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 10, 2021 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.170
substituted for a3360a
referred to codes
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1777
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 07, 2021 print number 4824a
Jun 07, 2021 amend (t) and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Feb 12, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

S4824 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3360
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §66, add §73, Pub Serv L

S4824 - Summary

Requires each electric corporation to submit a storm hardening and system resiliency plan to the public service commission for review and approval; makes related provisions (Part A); requires utility companies to reimburse customers for certain widespread prolonged outages; prohibits utility companies from recovering from customers the costs incurred due to power outage reimbursements (view more) authorizes utility companies to petition the public service commission for a waiver of the reimbursement requirements (Part B).

S4824 - Sponsor Memo

S4824 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   4824
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 12, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- 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 public authorities law,
   in relation to providing  rate  payers  with  reimbursement  following
   prolonged power outages

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a  new  section
 73 to read as follows:
   §  73.  COMPENSATION  TO  RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS EXPERIENCING PROLONGED
 SERVICE OUTAGES. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER  PROVISION  OF  LAW,  EACH
 ELECTRIC  CORPORATION  OR COMBINATION GAS AND ELECTRIC CORPORATION SHALL
 PROVIDE TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF SUCH CORPORATION:
   (A) A CREDIT OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS ON THE BALANCE OF SUCH  CUSTOMER'S
 ACCOUNT  FOR  EACH  SUBSEQUENT TWENTY-FOUR HOUR PERIOD OF SERVICE OUTAGE
 THAT OCCURS FOR SUCH CUSTOMERS FOR  MORE  THAN  FORTY-EIGHT  CONSECUTIVE
 HOURS  AFTER  THE  OCCURRENCE OF AN EMERGENCY EVENT. FOR THE PURPOSES OF
 THIS SECTION, THE TERM "EMERGENCY EVENT" SHALL MEAN AN EVENT WHERE WIDE-
 SPREAD OUTAGES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE SERVICE TERRITORY OF THE CORPORATION
 DUE TO STORMS, HIGH HEAT EVENTS, EARTHQUAKES, WILDFIRES OR OTHER CAUSES;
 AND
   (B) COMPENSATION IN AN AMOUNT OF TWO HUNDRED  FIFTY  DOLLARS,  IN  THE
 AGGREGATE,  FOR  ANY MEDICATION AND FOOD THAT EXPIRES OR SPOILS DUE TO A
 SERVICE OUTAGE THAT LASTS LONGER THAN FORTY-EIGHT CONSECUTIVE  HOURS  IN
 DURATION AFTER THE OCCURRENCE OF AN EMERGENCY EVENT.
   2.  ANY  COSTS  INCURRED BY AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION OR COMBINATION GAS
 AND ELECTRIC CORPORATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE RECOVERA-
 BLE FROM RATEPAYERS.
   3. NOT LATER THAN FOURTEEN CALENDAR DAYS AFTER THE  OCCURRENCE  OF  AN
 EMERGENCY EVENT, AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION OR COMBINATION GAS AND ELECTRIC
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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S4824A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3360
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §66, add §73, Pub Serv L

S4824A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires each electric corporation to submit a storm hardening and system resiliency plan to the public service commission for review and approval; makes related provisions (Part A); requires utility companies to reimburse customers for certain widespread prolonged outages; prohibits utility companies from recovering from customers the costs incurred due to power outage reimbursements (view more) authorizes utility companies to petition the public service commission for a waiver of the reimbursement requirements (Part B).

S4824A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4824A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  4824--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 12, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
   cations  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
   amended and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to  storm  hardening
   and  system resiliency plans (Part A); and to amend the public service
   law, in relation to providing rate payers with reimbursement following
   prolonged power outages (Part B)
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.    Each component of this act is wholly contained within a
 part identified parts A and B. The effective date  for  each  particular
 provision contained within such part is set forth in the last section of
 such part. Any provision in any section contained within a part, includ-
 ing  the  effective date of the part, which makes reference to a section
 "of this act", when used in connection with that  particular  component,
 shall  be  deemed  to mean and refer to the corresponding section of the
 part in which it is found. Section three of  this  act  sets  forth  the
 general effective date of this act.
 
                                  PART A
 
   Section  1.  Legislative findings. 1. The Legislature hereby finds and
 declares that, due to the  rise  in  storm  intensity,  and  effects  of
 climate  change, dedicated storm hardening programs need to be developed
 and implemented throughout New York State to  reduce  damage  and  costs
 from  future  weather  events,  as well as facilitate prompt restoration
 times. Storm hardening is the process of constructing new, or  upgrading
 old,  infrastructure  to  increase  resiliency  and  overall reliability
 during weather events. In 2018, Winter  Storm  Riley  and  Winter  Storm
 Quinn  greatly  impacted  New  York's  electric distribution system with
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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