senate Bill S8198

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Aligns utility regulation with state climate justice and emission reduction targets; and repeals certain provisions of the public service law relating to gas service and sale

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 02, 2022 referred to energy and telecommunications


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S8198 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§4, 5, 30, 31, 66 & 66-a, rpld §§66-b & 66-g, add §§66-s & 77-a, Pub Serv L; amd §12, Transp Corps L
Versions Introduced in 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
S2016, A4592

S8198 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Aligns utility regulation with state climate justice and emission reduction targets; repeals provisions relating to continuation of gas service; repeals provisions relating to the sale of indigenous natural gas for generation of electricity.

S8198 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8198 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             February 2, 2022
 Introduced  by  Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law and the transportation corpo-
   rations law, in relation to aligning  utility  regulation  with  state
   climate justice and emission reduction targets; to repeal section 66-b
   of the public service law relating to continuation of gas service; and
   to  repeal section 66-g of the public service law relating to the sale
   of indigenous natural gas for generation of electricity
   Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
 the "gas transition and affordable energy act".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that:
   1. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act  (the  "CLCPA")
 requires greenhouse gas emission reductions from all sectors, which will
 entail,  among  other  things, converting buildings throughout the state
 from heating and cooking with combustible fuels to heating  and  cooking
 with  non-emitting  sources  such  as  energy-efficient air, ground, and
 water sourced electric heat pumps, which also provide cooling, and elec-
 tric and induction stoves.
   2. Fossil fuels burned in buildings for heating, hot water, and  cook-
 ing  account  for approximately one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in
 New York State, enabled by utility provision of gas service via pipeline
 to the property.
   3. Heating and cooking with fossil fuels impacts  indoor  and  outdoor
 air  quality,  resulting  in  health  impacts such as increased rates of
 asthma and heart disease.
   4. Decarbonization of buildings will require changes  to  the  utility
 gas regulations and gas planning processes in order to ensure an equita-
 ble  transition  and  manage  economic  risks  to gas customers, munici-
 palities, and the utilities as electrification proceeds.
   5. Over two and a half million households in New York struggle to  pay
 their heating bills. The Public Service Commission has declared, but not
 yet  achieved  the  goal  that  customers should not pay more than 6% of
 their income for utility energy services, a number based on a nationally
 accepted standard.


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