Authorizes tenants to request the installation of smart or advanced meters where the building they occupy is being converted to an electric or gas meter that measures usage of any end-use customer of electricity or gas services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law, in relation to the installation of smart or advanced meters
The purpose of this legislation is to provide tenants in buildings that are undergoing metering conversions from master meters to submeters the option of having a smart or advanced meter installed.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the energy law by adding a new article 23.
JUSTIFICATION: Smart or advanced meters are able to assess real time pricing data, record kilowatt hour usage in the tenant's apartment, and communicate with household appliances to reduce usage during peak hours. These meters enhance energy conservation and efficiency, reduce electrical consumption and save ratepayers money on their electric bills.
This legislation enables tenants in a residential building that is undergoing a meter conversion from a single master meter to a system of submeters to request that a smart or advanced meter be installed in their apartment. While this bill gives the tenant the right to put in the smart or advanced meter, the tenant will be responsible for cost of the equipment.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: A.296 Referred to Energy 2012: S.6936 Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 369 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- 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 the installation of smart or advanced meters THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The energy law is amended by adding a new article 23 to read as follows: ARTICLE 23 RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SECTION 23-101. DEFINITIONS. 23-102. SMART OR ADVANCED METERS. S 23-101. DEFINITIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING WORDS AND PHRASES SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: 1. "MASTER METER." A METER THAT MEASURES ENERGY USAGE IN A BUILDING OCCUPIED BY MORE THAN ONE TENANT USING A COMMON UTILITY METER. 2. "SMART METER" OR "ADVANCED METER." A METERING DEVICE THAT HAS THE FOLLOWING CAPABILITIES: (A) IS COUPLED WITH AN IN-HOME DISPLAY DEVICE THAT CAN DISPLAY REAL TIME USAGE OR DEMAND AND REAL TIME PRICING IN USEFUL COMPARISONS INCLUD- ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MEANS SUCH AS SIDE BY SIDE BAR GRAPHS OR COLOR CODED SYSTEMS THAT REFLECT CHANGING UTILITY DEMAND AND PRICING; (B) RECORDS, STORES AND INTERPRETS KILOWATT PER HOUR USER RATES IN ONE-HALF HOUR INTERVALS; (C) COMMUNICATES REAL TIME PRICING THRESHOLDS TO HOME APPLIANCES TO REDUCE APPLIANCE USAGE AS DETERMINED BY THE RATEPAYER OR IN AGREEMENTS WITH AN ENERGY PROVIDER; (D) READS REMOTELY OR RECEIVES DATA FROM A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE INTERNET, WIRELESS FIDELITY NETWORK,EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02478-01-3 S. 369 2
BROADBAND OVER POWER LINE, POWER LINE CARRIER, ETHERNET, PHONE LINE, WIRELESS CELL PHONE LINE OR RADIO FREQUENCY; (E) STORES USAGE DATA UP TO THREE MONTHS; (F) DETECTS A LOSS OF POWER TO A CUSTOMER WITH IMMEDIATE COMMUNICATION OF SUCH LOSS TO THE ENERGY PROVIDER; AND (G) PROVIDES ANALYSIS ON DATA SUCH AS HISTORICAL CONSUMPTION PATTERNS, UTILIZATION RATES, POWER OUTAGES, PEAK DEMAND TIMES AND POWER REQUIRE- MENTS, COSTS PER KILOWATT HOUR, PRICING, AND USAGE HISTORY. S 23-102. SMART OR ADVANCED METERS. 1. TENANTS OF RESIDENTIAL RENTAL BUILDINGS MAY REQUEST THAT A SMART OR ADVANCED METER BE INSTALLED IN CASES WHERE THE BUILDING THEY OCCUPY IS BEING CONVERTED FROM A MASTER METER TO AN ELECTRIC OR GAS METER THAT MEASURES USAGE OF ANY END-USE CUSTOMER OF ELECTRICITY OR GAS SERVICES. 2. WHERE A TENANT REQUESTS TO HAVE A SMART OR ADVANCED METER INSTALLED AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, THE LANDLORD/OWNER SHALL INSTALL SUCH METER AND THE TENANT SHALL BEAR ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF THE ADVANCED OR SMART METER THAT ARE IN EXCESS OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF THE ELECTRIC OR GAS METER ORIGINALLY PROPOSED TO BE USED IN THE CONVERSION FROM THE MASTER METER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.