Provides for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations to affected communities.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill provides notification of impending emergencies by electrical utility corporations to affected communities.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would mandate all electrical utility corporations to notify the chief executive officer of a municipality or the designated agency head or department head of a municipality when there is an impending electrical emergency that may affect the municipality. Each municipality notified of a pending electrical emergency shall provide appropriate notice and information to designated media outlets.
The public service commission, with the attorney general, shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to enforce the provisions of section one. The commission shall solicit input from electric corporations and municipal officials in the process of formulating such rules and regulations.
Such rules and regulations shall include but not limited to establishing protocols which address the magnitude and severity of the impending emergency, as well as protocols for notification of the public.
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day.
JUSTIFICATION: During the recent power outage in New York City, Con Edison failed to notify customers of the impending blackout, which occurred on July 6, 1999, nor were any efforts made to reach a broad number of people through the media. This bill, when enacted would require the utility corporations to do so in the future.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2001/02: A.7085 2003/04: A.5268 2005/06: A.4104 2007/08: A.4578 Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions 2009/10: S.5057B Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after becoming a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1773 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 12, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. PERKINS -- 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 providing for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations 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 54 to read as follows: S 54. NOTIFICATION OF IMPENDING EMERGENCIES. 1. EVERY ELECTRIC CORPO- RATION SHALL NOTIFY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A MUNICIPALITY OR THE DESIGNATED AGENCY HEAD OR DEPARTMENT HEAD OF A MUNICIPALITY WHEN THERE IS AN IMPENDING ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY THAT MAY AFFECT THE MUNICIPALITY. EACH MUNICIPALITY NOTIFIED OF A PENDING ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY SHALL PROVIDE APPROPRIATE NOTICE AND INFORMATION TO DESIGNATED MEDIA OUTLETS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ELECTRONIC, PRINT, INTERNET OR OTHER DESIG- NATED PUBLIC MEDIA OUTLETS SERVING SUCH AFFECTED MUNICIPALITY. 2. (A) THE COMMISSION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. THE COMMISSION SHALL SOLICIT INPUT FROM ELECTRIC CORPO- RATIONS AND MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS IN THE PROCESS OF FORMULATING SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS. (B) SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS WHICH ADDRESS THE MAGNITUDE AND SEVERITY OF THE IMPENDING EMERGENCY, AS WELL AS PROTOCOLS FOR NOTIFICATION OF THE PUBLIC. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06742-01-1