senate Bill S4861

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to storm hardening and system resiliency plans

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 17, 2021 reported and committed to finance
Feb 16, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Mar 17, 2021 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Mar 17, 2021

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S4861 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1008
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §66, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A11115

S4861 (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.

S4861 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4861 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   4861
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 16, 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, in relation to  storm hardening
   and system resiliency plans
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  Legislative findings. 1. The Legislature hereby finds and
 declares that, due to the rise in storm intensity, dedicated storm hard-
 ening programs need to be developed and implemented throughout New  York
 State to reduce damage and costs from future weather events. Storm hard-
 ening  is the process of constructing new, or upgrading old, infrastruc-
 ture 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  nearly  500,000
 customers  losing  power.  In August 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias brought
 high winds, downed trees and widespread power outages  to  much  of  the
 state; hundreds of thousands of customers in Long Island, New York City,
 Westchester  and  Rockland counties experienced extensive power outages,
 some lasting for more than a week. Legislative hearings following  these
 storms made it clear that enhanced storm hardening efforts are needed to
 mitigate  some  of  the  impacts  to the distribution infrastructure and
 customers.
   2. It is in  the  state's  interest  to  strengthen  electric  utility
 infrastructure  to withstand extreme weather conditions by promoting the
 hardening of electrical transmission and  distribution  facilities,  the
 undergrounding  of  certain  electrical distribution lines, and enhanced
 vegetation management, including the removal of danger trees;
   3. Protecting and strengthening transmission  and  distribution  elec-
 trical utility infrastructure from extreme weather conditions can effec-
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD02154-03-1

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