Bill S221-2013

Requires inspection and regulation of all electric and gas meters that measure usage of any end use customer of electricity or gas services

Requires inspection and regulation of all electric and gas meters that measure usage of any end use customer of electricity or gas services by the public service commission.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S221

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring inspection and regulation of all electric and gas meters that measure usage of any end use customer of electricity or gas services by the public service commission

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to require that the Public Service Commission has jurisdiction to inspect and regulate all electric and gas meters that measure usage of any end use customer of electricity or gas services in the same way that PSC currently has oversight of master meters, or revenue grade meter.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This legislation amends subdivision one of section 67 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 446 of the laws of 1972.

JUSTIFICATION:

A large number of buildings throughout New York State are currently undergoing the process of converting their master metered system to either sub or individual meters, This movement is one that policy makers should encourage as an incredibly important and positive part of the effort to promote energy conservation and efficiency, However, one significant gap in the current laws and regulations regarding sub-metering is that there currently is no oversight or regulation of the actual sub-meters that are being placed into tenant's apartments. The result is that tenants have no recourse to handle sub-meters that are faulty or overcharge, except to take it to the company that installed them or the management company that hired that company, This bill will require oversight by the Public Service Commission to ensure that the meters installed are appropriate, not overcharging, and meet all other standards set by the PSC.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: Referred to Energy and Telecommunication 2010: S.2348A (Schneiderman) - Finance; A.186B (Hevesi) Passed Assembly 2009: S.2348A (Schneiderman) - Energy & Telecommunications; A.186B (Hevesi)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 221 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- 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 requiring inspection and regulation of all electric and gas meters that measure usage of any end use customer of electricity or gas services by the public service commission THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 67 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 446 of the laws of 1972, is amended to read as follows: 1. The commission shall appoint inspectors of electric and gas meters WHICH FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION SHALL MEAN ALL ELECTRIC AND GAS METERS THAT MEASURE USAGE OF ANY END USE CUSTOMER OF ELECTRICITY OR GAS SERVICES whose duty it shall be, when required by the commission, to inspect, examine and ascertain the accuracy of any and all electric and gas meters used or intended to be used for measuring and ascertaining the quantity of electric current or gas furnished for light, heat or power by any person, corporation or municipality to or for the use of any person or corporation, and to inspect, examine and ascertain the accuracy of all apparatus for testing and proving the accuracy of elec- tric and gas meters, and when found to be or made to be correct the inspector shall stamp or mark all such meters and apparatus with some suitable device, which device shall be recorded in the office of the secretary of state. No corporation, person or municipality shall furnish, set or put in use any electric or gas meter the type of which shall not have been approved by the commission. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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