Relates to rate schedules for net energy metering.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to rate schedules for net energy metering
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Currently, Sections 66-j and 66-1 of the Public Service law set limits of 1% and 3/10 of 1% respectively on the number of customers who can access net metering in a particular utility service territory. This bill would raise the caps to 5% and 2%.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 amends section 66-j of the public service law to increase the cap on the number of net metered systems from 1% of households in a particular service territory to 5%.
Section 2 amends section 66-1 of the public service law to increase the cap on the number of net metered systems from 3/10 of 1% of households in a particular service territory to 2%.
Section 3 sets forth the effective date
JUSTIFICATION: Starting in 1997, New York State began to allow customers to utilize net metering to promote renewable energy while reducing their utility bills. While the initial law affected only residential photovoltaic systems up to 10KW, the Legislature has vastly expanded net metering since then, with major amendments to the law in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The intent of all of these amendments was to increase access to net metering for different classes of customers, expand the size of the systems allowed, add new technologies and allow for credits to be applied to multiple meters owned by the same customer generator.
Net Metering is a straightforward method of encouraging customer investment in renewable energy. Without net metering, there is far less incentive for residences or small businesses to invest in on-site generation.
Since demand for net metering is increasing, the caps currently in statute are out-dated and need to be drastically increased. In recent years, we have seen instances where the current caps have been reached and while the PSC review process proceeded, new customers were not allowed to utilize net metering. By increasing the cap, we are expanding the universe of people who can easily access net metering and thereby expanding renewable energy generation, reducing emissions and decreasing consumer's utility bills.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2498 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 18, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 rate schedules for net energy metering THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 66-j of the public service law, as amended by chapter 546 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (iii) Each electric corporation shall make such contract and schedule available to customer-generators on a first come, first served basis, until the total rated generating capacity for solar and farm waste elec- tric generating equipment, micro-combined heat and power generating equipment, fuel cell electric generating equipment and micro-hydroelec- tric generating equipment owned, leased or operated by customer-genera- tors in the corporation's service area is equivalent to
[one]FIVE percent of the corporation's electric demand for the year two thousand five, as determined by the department. S 2. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 of section 66-1 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 483 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: (iii) Each electric corporation shall make such contract and schedule available to customer-generators on a first come, first served basis, until the total rated generating capacity for wind electric generating equipment owned or operated by customer-generators in the corporation's service area is equivalent to [three-tenths]TWO percent of the corpo- ration's electric demand for the year two thousand five, as determined by the department. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07124-01-3