Expands the definition of major utility transmission facility to include a facility in which electric current is transformed from the transmission system to the distribution system or a facility within the distribution system that is larger than five hundred square feet and in which electric current is transformed.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to the siting of electric substations
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: Provides for a review by the Public Service Commission of the siting of electric substations.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends Article VII of the Public Service Law ("Siting of Transmission Facilities") to include a "a facility in which electric current is transformed from the transmission system to the distribution system or a facility within the distribution system that is larger than five hundred square feet and in which electric current is transformed" within the definition of a "transmission facility." This would extend all the requirements of Article VII to electric substations.
Article VII sets out a procedure for the granting of a certificate of environmental capability and public need before a facility can be built. This procedure includes environmental impact studies, public hearings, and judicial review of the decision.
JUSTIFICATION: Siting a substation is within the unreviewed discretion of a utility. No procedure exists for the siting of electric substations, even though a utility can take property for a substation site by condemnation. These substations can have significant impacts on the surrounding communities, especially in densely populated areas. Substations generate electro-magnetic fields, which are thought by some to increase the risk of certain cancers.
Electric substations should be subject to Public Service Commission review, just as power plants and transmission lines are.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2003-04: A.8239 - referred to Corporations Committee 2005: A4118 - referred to Corporations Committee 2006: A4118 - reported Rules Committee 2007: A5474 - referred to Corporations Committee 2008: A5474 - reported Rules Committee 2009: A6007 referred Corporations Committee 2010: A6007 - reported to Ways and Means
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3076 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 29, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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 the siting of electric substations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 120 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 538 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows: 2. "Major utility transmission facility" means: (a) an electric trans- mission line of a design capacity of one hundred twenty-five kilovolts or more extending a distance of one mile or more, or of one hundred kilovolts or more and less than one hundred twenty-five kilovolts, extending a distance of ten miles or more, including associated equip- ment, but shall not include any such transmission line located wholly underground in a city with a population in excess of one hundred twen- ty-five thousand or a primary transmission line approved by the federal energy regulatory commission in connection with a hydro-electric facili- ty;
[and](b) a fuel gas transmission line extending a distance of one thousand feet or more to be used to transport fuel gas at pressures of one hundred twenty-five pounds per square inch or more, excluding appur- tenant facilities, but shall not include any such transmission line which is located wholly underground in a city or wholly within the right of way of a state, county or town highway or village street as those terms are defined in article one of the highway law and article six of the village law, or which replaces an existing transmission line, including appurtenant facilities, and extends a distance of less than one mile; AND (C) A FACILITY IN WHICH ELECTRIC CURRENT IS TRANSFORMED FROM THE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM TO THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OR A FACILITY WITHIN THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM THAT IS LARGER THAN FIVE HUNDRED SQUARE FEET AND IN WHICH ELECTRIC CURRENT IS TRANSFORMED. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01239-01-3