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 add a new subdivision 14 of section 65 of the public service law, 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 on the ninetieth day after becoming law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4775--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 20, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, ADDABBO, BONACIC, JOHNSON, LARKIN, O'MARA, OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, RITCHIE, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications -- recommitted to the Committee on Energy and Tele- communications in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee 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. Section 65 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 14 to read as follows: 14. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW, 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 OR ELECTRIC CORPORATION FURNISHING UTILITY SERVICE SHALL CONSIDER THE DEMAND FOR SERVICE ASSOCIATED WITH A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY'S RESPONSES TO EMERGEN- CIES. THE DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO PROMULGATE REGU- LATIONS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THIS SUBDIVISION WHICH MAY INCLUDE REGU- LATIONS RELATING TO (A) RECORD-KEEPING REQUIRED BY THE VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY TO DOCUMENT AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DATE, TIME, AND DURATION OF SUCH A RESPONSE, (B) DISCLOSURE OF SUCH RECORDS TO THE DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSION, OR OTHER NECESSARY PARTIES FOR THE PURPOSES OF VERIFYING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CALCULATING DEMAND CHARGES, (C) THE METHODS PERMITTED FOR MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE DEMAND CHARGES OF A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY BASED ON ACTUAL OR PROJECTED EMERGENCY RESPONSES WHICH MAY INCLUDE A CREDIT, CASH REIMBURSEMENT, REBATE, SPECIAL RATE, DISCOUNT, NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT, RECONCILIATION, OR OTHER METHOD, (D) THE FREQUENCY OF ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CHARGES WHICH SHALL OCCUR AT LEAST ONCE PER CALENDAR YEAR, AND (E) RESOLUTION OFEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10799-02-2 S. 4775--A 2
DISPUTES BETWEEN A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY AND A GAS OR ELECTRIC CORPO- RATION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.