Makes state standards for the state and its agencies for energy efficient appliances, energy-using products and new or substantially renovated building design and specifications applicable to a city of one million or more.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law, in relation to making standards for energy efficient appliances applicable to any city with a population of one million or more
PURPOSE: To require New York City to purchase new or replacement appliances that meet minimum energy efficiency standards promulgated by the president of the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This legislation amends Chapter 451 of the Laws of 2000 which amends Section 5-108 of the energy law.
EXISTING LAW: Current law requires state agencies to purchase new or replacement appliances that meet minimum energy efficiency standards promulgated by the president of the NYSERDA.
JUSTIFICATION: The city of New York, which purchases its power from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is a major energy consumer. In order to reduce energy use, it is critical that minimum efficiency standards be set for New York City appliance purchases. In addition, New York City, through its purchasing power, will influence appliance manufacturers' efficiency standards, and will set a positive example for private industry and consumers.
Between 1975 and 2001, a new generation of energy-efficient refrigerators has reduced their electricity consumption by 75 percent, saving 60,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity and reducing power plant emissions. Constructing power plants to produce this 60,000 MW would have cost $50 billion and would increase already high levels of power plant emissions in the New York City area. The costs of constructing new power plants is astronomical in comparison to the refrigerator industry's investment of less than $1 million to produce these more efficient refrigerators.
Similar advances have been achieved with clothes washers, windows, fluorescent lighting, and heating and air conditioning systems. These advances in technology provide the basis for New York State's and New York City's future in energy efficiency programs.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:; 2005 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications 2006 - Referred to Energy & Telecommunications 2010 - S.4395/A.623 Referred to Energy & Telecommunications 2012 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunication
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 223 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 energy law, in relation to making standards for energy efficient appliances applicable to any city with a population of one million or more THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 5-108-a of the energy law, as added by chapter 451 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: 2. New or replacement appliances or products purchased by or for the state or any agency thereof, OR BY ANY CITY WITH A POPULATION GREATER THAN ONE MILLION, shall meet or exceed standards promulgated pursuant to this section, and all building designs or specifications for new construction or substantial renovation for any building owned or leased in whole by the state or any agency thereof, OR BY A CITY WITH A POPU- LATION GREATER THAN ONE MILLION, shall incorporate appliances or products which meet or exceed such standards. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00249-01-3