Mandates a study of energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to mandating a study of energy-efficient and sustainable forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To evaluate existing and potential sources of energy in the event that Indian Point 2 and 3 should not be able to provide power at some future date. Such an evaluation will examine the energy resourced and the most energy efficient and sustainable forms of power available in the event replacement power is necessary.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Legislative Intent and Findings.
Section 2. Amends Section 6-108 of the energy law by adding a new subdivision 4 which mandates the board to conduct an additional study to evaluate the potential impact of closure and discontinuation of operations of Indian Point Energy Centers 2 and 3. The study must include, at a minimum, an assessment of each of the following: (a) an examination of strategies to replace energy otherwise produced by Indian Point; (b) the potential economic impacts, including but not limited to state and local tax revenues and employment directly and indirectly associated with the facility; (c) a plan for workforce redeployment; and (d) the potential environmental impacts.
Section 3. The board must issue the report required in section two no later than March 31, 2013. Copies of the report must be provided to the Governor, Temporary President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications and the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy.
Section 4. Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: There has been widespread discussion on how to evaluate how the 2000 kilowatts of electricity delivered by Indian Point 2 and 3 could be replaced were the plants to cease functioning. There are a number of scenarios under which decommissioning could occur. It is not the intent of this bill to speculate regarding any of those eventualities; this bill would only offer data that would inform leaders, the local Dower providers, and the public on the best available means of replacement energy and then economic and environmental impacts. Without a plan for replacement energy, any closure, precipitous or otherwise, could leave the Hudson Valley and New York City area without a plan for provision of sufficient power. It should be noted that Indian Point 2 and 3 have sustained numerous closures without resulting in power shortages to consumers, however those closures have been relatively short term.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S.6693-B- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications; Passed the Assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To he determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1645 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT in relation to mandating a study of energy-efficient and sustain- able forms of power to replace power generated by Indian Point units 2 and 3 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent and findings. The legislature hereby acknowledges the uncertainty of future operations of the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, Westchester County, pending unresolved issues, including New York state's issuance of a state pollutant discharge elimination system permit pursuant to article 17 of the envi- ronmental conservation law and a water quality certificate pursuant to section four hundred one of the federal Clean Water Act and a reactor license renewal by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Due to the uncertainty over the continued operation of Indian Point Energy Center's reactors (IPEC 2 and IPEC 3) beyond 2013 and 2015 respectively, the legislature declares the need for a comprehensive plan in the event the facility is retired. The legislature further declares that the state energy planning board, ("the board") established pursuant to article 6 of the energy law should be responsible for such study. S 2. 1. In addition to the study required under subdivision 1 of section 6-108 of the energy law, the board shall undertake a separate study to evaluate the potential impact of the closure and discontinua- tion of operations by IPEC 2 and IPEC 3. Such study shall include, at a minimum, an assessment of each of the following: (a) an examination of strategies to replace energy otherwise produced by Indian Point Energy Center. The assessment shall examine: (i) additional installed electric generating capacity; (ii) distributed electric generation, especiallyEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02691-01-3 S. 1645 2
generation using renewable or innovative energy resources; (iii) intra- state electric transmission system upgrades; (iv) demand response, ener- gy conservation and efficiency; and (v) energy storage technologies energy efficiency measures. (b) the potential economic impacts, including but limited to state and local tax revenues and employment directly and indirectly associated with the facility. The assessment shall examine: (i) the municipalities where the facility is located; (ii) the downstate region, as defined in subdivision 2 of section 6-102 of the energy law; and (iii) New York state. (c) a plan for workforce redeployment. (d) the potential environmental impacts. The assessment shall include: (i) a site remediation plan; (ii) a plan for the removal, transportation and disposal of nuclear waste stored at the site; and (iii) the imple- mentation costs associated with the site remediation and nuclear waste removal, transportation and disposal plans. 2. The board and any contractors it may retain for such purposes shall consult with entities that have resources and expertise to assist in such study, including, but not limited to, the BSO, federal agencies, departments and commissions, public utilities, municipalities in the region the facility is located and any other electric company or trade organizations. S 3. The board shall issue the report required in section two of this act no later than March 31, 2014. Copies of such report shall be provided to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of the senate committee on energy and telecommunications and the chair of the assembly committee on energy. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.