Provides that a gas or electrical corporation shall not consider the demand used by a volunteer fire company in responding to emergencies when calculating demand charges for the purposes of determining safe and adequate service.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to certain criteria used to determine safe and adequate service
PURPOSE: The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that Volunteer fire companies are not punished with expensive demand charges, while in the course of performing their most vital functions.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 - would amend subdivision 5 of section 65 of the public service law as amended by chapter 134 of the laws of 1921, to provide that volunteer fire companies will not be subject to demand charges when responding to an emergency.
JUSTIFICATION: Volunteer Fire Companies provide life saving services to the communities they serve day in and day out. Demand charges that are sometimes imposed on these companies can dramatically impact their utility bills and increase overall costs of their operations. Something as simple as opening the Station house door to prepare to leave for a call, at the wrong time during the Winter Months can cause these charges to be applied. This bill seeks to help our Volunteer Fire Companies by prohibiting a utility company from imposing demand charges resulting from an emergency call.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4775 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 20, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, ADDABBO, JOHNSON, O'MARA, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to certain criteria used to determine safe and adequate service THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 5 of section 65 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 134 of the laws of 1921, is amended to read as follows: 5. Nothing in this chapter shall be taken to prohibit a gas corpo- ration or electrical corporation from establishing classifications of service based upon the quantity used, the time when used, the purpose for which used, the duration of use or upon any other reasonable consid- eration, and providing schedules of just and reasonable graduated rates applicable thereto; PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT, IN DETERMINING OR CALCULATING THE DEMAND CHARGES FOR A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW, NO GAS CORPORATION OR ELEC- TRICAL CORPORATION SHALL CONSIDER THE DEMAND FOR SERVICE BY A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY WHEN SUCH VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IS RESPONDING TO AN EMER- GENCY. No such classification, schedule, rate or charge shall be lawful unless it shall be filed with and approved by the commission, and every such classification, rate or charge shall be subject to change, alter- ation and modification by the commission. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10799-01-1