Relates to on-farm energy generation.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (1): Espaillat
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law and the public service law, in relation to net-metering and on-farm energy generation
To reduce interconnection fees for farms that install renewable energy, increase the size of solar arrays allowed for farms on residential meters, lower farmers' utility bills and expand our state's agricultural economy.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1-Cites the name of the act as the "Repower New York Farms Act".
Section 2-Amends subdivisions 1, 2 and 3 of section 3-101 of the energy law to include specific references to agriculture in the policy direction given in statute to the State Energy Planning Board.
Section 3-Amends subdivision 1 section 66-J of the public service law to allow a farm operation operating on a residential meter to install a solar energy system of up to 100 KW.
Section 4-Sets forth the effective date.
New York State is an agricultural leader when it comes to the production of dairy products, apples and many other important commodities. We also have seen an explosion in the growth of wineries, farm breweries and other businesses that are tied directly to our state's agricultural economy. The yogurt boom upstate has lead to a need for expanded milk production, and has spurred the growth of a new food processing manufacturing sector. This agricultural economic engine in upstate New York has in turn led to an increased demand for fresh agricultural products in and around New York City, including an expansion of green markets and farmers' markets. Investing in these enterprises would allow farmers to have more access to the millions of consumers in the New York City Metro area. In order to provide farmers with more capital to invest in their farm operations and in expanding their lines of distribution and retail sales into New York City, we must provide more relief from the ever increasing cost of energy.
This bill, by increasing the size of solar units that can be deployed to farm operations with residential meters, will lead to more on-farm renewable generation and therefore lower utility bills and more investment capital for farmers.
This bill also seeks to add sections to the energy law to ensure that agricultural interests are taken into account by the State energy planning board.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3806--C Cal. No. 102 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 19, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, RITCHIE, BONACIC, CARLUCCI, DeFRANCISCO, GALLIVAN, GIPSON, GRISANTI, LARKIN, LATIMER, LIBOUS, MARCHIONE, MONT- GOMERY, NOZZOLIO, RANZENHOFER, SAMPSON, SAVINO, SEWARD, YOUNG -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report, and to be reprinted as amended, retaining its place in the order of second report -- ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the energy law and the public service law, in relation to net-metering and on-farm energy generation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "repower New York farms act". S 2. Subdivisions 1, 2 and 3 of section 3-101 of the energy law, subdivisions 2 and 3 as amended by chapter 820 of the laws of 1976, are amended to read as follows: 1. to obtain and maintain an adequate and continuous supply of safe, dependable and economical energy for the people of the state and to accelerate development and use within the state of renewable energy sources, all in order to promote the state's economic growth, to create employment within the state, to protect its environmental values AND AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE, to husband its resources for future generations, and to promote the health and welfare of its people; 2. to encourage conservation of energy in the construction and opera- tion of new commercial, industrial, AGRICULTURAL and residential build- ings, and in the rehabilitation of existing structures, through heating,EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08712-07-3 S. 3806--C 2
cooling, ventilation, lighting, insulation and design techniques and the use of energy audits and life-cycle costing analysis; 3. to encourage the use of performance standards in all energy-using appliances, and in industrial, AGRICULTURAL and commercial applications of energy-using apparatus and processes; S 3. Paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 66-j of the public service law, as amended by chapter 7 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: (d) "Solar electric generating equipment" means a photovoltaic system (i) (A) in the case of a residential customer (OTHER THAN A FARM UTILIZ- ING A RESIDENTIAL METER), with a rated capacity of not more than twen- ty-five kilowatts;
[and](B) IN THE CASE OF A CUSTOMER WHO OWNS OR OPER- ATES A FARM OPERATION AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED ONE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW UTILIZING A RESIDENTIAL METER WITH A RATED CAPACITY OF NOT MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED KILOWATTS; AND (C) in the case of a non-residential customer, with a rated capacity of not more than two thousand kilowatts; and (ii) that is manufactured, installed, and operated in accordance with applicable government and industry standards, that is connected to the electric system and operated in conjunction with an electric corporation's trans- mission and distribution facilities, and that is operated in compliance with any standards and requirements established under this section. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.