Creates the dairy farm improved energy efficiency program; provides grants and low interest loans to dairy farms who make energy efficient improvements.
Ayes (32): DeFrancisco, Johnson, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Oppenheimer, Parker, Perkins, Rivera, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (2): Kruger, Peralta
Excused (1): Montgomery
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to creating the dairy farm improved energy efficiency program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Assist dairy farms with high efficiency lighting, high efficiency pumping and cooling equipment, and other energy management systems.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill would establish a dairy farm improved energy efficiency loan fund to provide grants and low interest loans to dairy farms for energy efficiency projects and advanced energy technologies.
Family farms are struggling with depressed wholesale milk prices. State policymakers need to provide low-cost tools to farmers to help them become more efficient and reduce the cost of doing business. This financing program could provide those advantages. Advancing new technologies will also help to accelerate the development of the energy services industry and help to make farms more energy efficient, thus providing new and expanded job opportunities for New Yorkers.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2005-2006: A.8096/S.6816 2007-2008: A.10238/S.3235-A 2009-2010: S.2880/S.5429
Subject to appropriations.
Immediately upon enactment of the bill into law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3126 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 9, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, O'MARA, RITCHIE, VALESKY, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to creating the dairy farm improved energy efficiency program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and declares that due to their remote locations at the end of the electric grid infrastructure, farms are more difficult to service by electric utilities. Strengthening the energy systems of individual farms and developing micro-grids in remote areas will enhance the overall reli- ability of the electric system. The legislature further finds that assisting dairy farms with high efficiency lighting, high efficiency pumping and cooling equipment, and other energy management systems, will result in significant energy savings and increased milk yields. The legislature hereby declares that providing low cost tools to farmers will help them become more efficient and reduce their cost of doing business. Advancing new technologies will also help to accelerate the development of the energy services industry, thus providing new and expanded job opportunities for New Yorkers. Therefore, the legislature seeks to provide funds to encourage energy efficient dairy farms through grants and low interest loans for approved projects to stimulate the New York state dairy industry. S 2. Section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, is amended by adding a new section 16-u to read as follows: S 16-U. DAIRY FARM IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM. 1. DEFI- NITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION: (A) "AUTHORITY" SHALL MEAN THE NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH DEVELOP- MENT AUTHORITY.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08594-01-1 S. 3126 2
(B) "LOAN FUND" SHALL REFER TO THE DAIRY FARM IMPROVED ENERGY EFFI- CIENCY LOAN FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 2. (A) THE CORPORATION, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE AUTHORITY, SHALL ESTABLISH A DAIRY FARM IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY LOAN FUND TO PROVIDE GRANTS AND LOW INTEREST LOANS TO DAIRY FARMS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS AND ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. (B) IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS LOAN PROGRAM, A DAIRY FARM MUST HAVE AN ENERGY AUDIT PROVIDED THROUGH THE AUTHORITY'S ENERGY AUDIT PROGRAM THAT HELPS CUSTOMERS MAKE INFORMED ELECTRICAL ENER- GY DECISIONS AND IMPLEMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES. 3. (A) THE CORPORATION SHALL, WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS, PROVIDE FINANCIAL, TECHNICAL OR OTHER ASSISTANCE FROM THE LOAN FUND TO ELIGIBLE DAIRY FARMS. (B) THE CORPORATION IS AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE GRANTS AND LOW INTEREST LOANS FROM THE LOAN FUND FOR ELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS TO DAIRY FARMS. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SUCH GRANTS AND LOANS, A DAIRY FARM SHALL IDENTIFY AN ELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND PROVIDE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION. (C) GRANTS OR LOANS PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION MAY BE UP TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. 4. ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS ELIGIBLE FOR GRANTS OR LOW INTEREST LOANS THROUGH THE LOAN FUND SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) PRE-QUALIFIED MEASURES THAT ARE PROVEN COST EFFECTIVE INVESTMENTS WHICH REDUCE ENERGY USE; (B) CUSTOM MEASURES THAT PAY FOR THEMSELVES IN TEN YEARS THROUGH REDUCED ENERGY USE; (C) PROCESS IMPROVEMENT MEASURES THAT REDUCE MANUFACTURING ENERGY USE ON A COST-PER-UNIT BASIS; AND (D) RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES THAT USE THE SUN, WIND, ANAEROBIC DIGESTION OF ANIMAL WASTES OR OTHER APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES TO GENERATE HEAT OR POWER. 5. APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE REVIEWED AND EVALUATED BY THE CORPORATION IN COOPERATION WITH THE AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY THE CORPORATION. 6. THE CORPORATION AND THE AUTHORITY SHALL SUBMIT AN ANNUAL WRITTEN REPORT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE IDENTIFYING THE NUMBER OF DAIRY FARMS ASSISTED THROUGH THE LOAN FUND PROGRAM, AND THE TYPES OF IMPROVEMENTS IMPLEMENTED AND ENERGY COST SAVINGS AND ANY OTHER BENEFITS REALIZED BY THE DAIRY FARMS ASSISTED BY THIS PROGRAM. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.