senate Bill S8360

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Maintains the continued viability of the state's existing biomass facility which is located within a military installation

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee

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Feb 16, 2022 referred to energy and telecommunications


S8360 (ACTIVE) - Details

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Senate Energy And Telecommunications
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S8360 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Maintains the continued viability of the state's existing biomass facility which is located within a military installation by deeming such facility a renewable energy system within the renewable energy program established by the public service commission by its order adopting or modifying the clean energy standard.

S8360 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8360 (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 16, 2022
 Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
 AN ACT to maintain the continued viability of the state's existing biom-
   ass facility which is located within a military installation
   Section 1. Legislative findings and  intent.  The  legislature  hereby
 finds and determines that:
   Since  the  inception of New York's renewable energy policy, beginning
 with the Public Service Commission's order approving the Renewable Port-
 folio Standard (RPS) in 2004, biomass has been  considered  a  renewable
 resource  and  has  been  helping New York advance towards its renewable
 energy targets for nearly two decades;
   To date, New York's renewable energy programs have supported two biom-
 ass projects totaling 69.3 megawatts;
   To further promote and incentivize the development of renewable  ener-
 gy, New York state recently adopted the Climate Leadership and Community
 Protection  Act  (CLCPA),  which,  among other things, mandates that, by
 2030, 70% of electricity consumed in the state will come from  renewable
 energy systems and 100% of such electricity be zero-emitting by 2040;
   Unlike  the  state's  previous  programs, the CLCPA excluded bioenergy
 from the definition of  "renewable  energy  systems,"  thus  eliminating
 financial  program  support  for  biomass  facilities upon expiration of
 existing contracts;
   Today, while the Climate Action Council, as established by the  CLCPA,
 continues  to  debate  the role of bioenergy in New York's policies, New
 York's last remaining utility-scale biomass facility, located  within  a
 military  installation,  faces  closure  in  2023 upon expiration of the
 current Renewable Energy Credit (REC) contract with the New  York  State
 Energy Research and Development Authority;
   In  addition  to  the environmental benefits of biomass that have been
 repeatedly proven since the establishment of the RPS in 2004, New York's
 single biomass facility located within a military installation  provides
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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