Establishes a biodiesel grant program for the agricultural production of biodiesel fuel; defines biodiesel fuel as a renewable, biodegradable, mono alkyl ester combustible liquid fuel derived from jatropha plants, algae production, mustard seed, animal fats and/or waste greases and oils; establishes the biodiesel grant program fund.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law and the state finance law, in relation to a grant program for the agricultural production of biodiesel fuel and a fund for the administration of such program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide grants of matching funds for the costs associated with the agricultural production of biodiesel fuel.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Establishes that all moneys received or accepted pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the Biodiesel grant fund. Biodiesel fuel is defined as renewable, biodegradable, mono alkyl ester combustible liquid fuel derived from jatropha plants, algae production, mustard seed, animal fats, other agricultural plant oils and/or waste greases and oils.
JUSTIFICATION: Biodiesel is a fuel that can decrease our dependency on foreign oils, decrease global warming and provide an alternative to tradition petro fuels.
It is our hope to establish a way for farmers to maximize profits while exploring alternatives for fuel production in New York state.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 06/07/07 Referred to Agriculture 01/09/08 Referred to Agriculture 05/06/10 Referred to Energy & Telecommunications
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined by the legislature.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2990--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 4, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Tele- communications -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and Telecom- munications in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law and the state finance law, in relation to a grant program for the agricultural production of biod- iesel fuel and a fund for the administration of such program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 1884 to read as follows: S 1884. BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM. 1. THE AUTHORITY SHALL PROVIDE GRANTS OF MATCHING FUNDS FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL FUEL. 2. ALL MONEYS RECEIVED OR ACCEPTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEPOSITED INTO THE BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-NINE-U OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. 3. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "BIODIESEL FUEL" SHALL MEAN A RENEWA- BLE, BIODEGRADABLE, MONO ALKYL ESTER COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID FUEL DERIVED FROM JATROPHA PLANTS, ALGAE PRODUCTION, MUSTARD SEED, ANIMAL FATS, OTHER AGRICULTURAL PLANT OILS AND/OR WASTE GREASES AND OILS. 4. THE AUTHORITY SHALL ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR THE APPLICATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM. S 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 99-u to read as follows: S 99-U. BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM FUND.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08608-02-2 S. 2990--A 2
2. MONEYS OF THE BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM FUND, FOLLOWING APPROPRIATION BY THE LEGISLATURE AND ALLOCATION BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET, SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO SUCH CHAIRMAN FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE BIODIESEL GRANT PROGRAM ESTABLISHED BY SECTION EIGHTEEN HUNDRED EIGHTY-FOUR OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the New York state energy research and development authority shall establish any rules or regulations necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date.