Allows farm service and non-residential customer-generators to designate 100% of wind generated credits to meters owned by such customer-generator and being within 25 miles of the wind electric generating equipment.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to remote metering by farm service and non-residential customer-generators
PURPOSE: This legislation expands the scope of the state's net metering law to allow certain customers of an electric corporation (e.g. NYSEG, National Grid, etc.) to produce electricity at one location owned or under the control of the customer and designate another location of the same customer as the recipient or user of the electricity produced the "remote site". Under current law, utilities are required to provide for the interconnection and net energy metering of wind generating equipment owned or operated by a "customer-generator". Customer-generators include three categories: Residential, Farm service and Non-residential. This bill authorizes the Farm Service and Non-residential categories to avail themselves of the remote net metering procedure. Farms and school districts in the state are two of the types of customers that would be able to employ remote metering to reduce and/or eliminate all or part of an electric bill at one location and all or part of an electric bill at another location. Adoption of the legislation will allow customers to save money as they utilize a renewable energy source to reduce the amount of electricity they buy from the service providing utility.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The legislation sets forth the procedure for remote metering by authorizing the designation of net metering credit by a Farm service customer or a Non-residential customer of the use of such credit (up to 100% of the electricity generated at a "remote site") by a separate location having its own net energy meter and being owned by or under the control of the Farm service or Nonresidential customer. The bill contains a requirement that the meter to which the designation of any net metering credit is made shall be within a radius of 25 miles of the Wind electric generating equipment.
JUSTIFICATION: Bold and comprehensive energy reform is needed to reach standards set by New York to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Under this law farm owners, school districts and others will be able to generate electricity at one location and, via "net-remote metering", obtain credit for such electricity generation at another location.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.104I7 of 2010
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4961 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to remote metering by farm service and non-residential customer-generators THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 66-1 of the public service law is amended by adding a new paragraph (e) to read as follows: (E) A FARM SERVICE CUSTOMER-GENERATOR AS DEFINED BY PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION OR A NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER-GENERATOR AS DEFINED BY PARAGRAPH (C-1) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION MAY LOCATE WIND ELECTRIC GENERATING EQUIPMENT WITH A NET ENERGY METER ON LAND OWNED OR LEASED BY SUCH CUSTOMER-GENERATOR AND DESIGNATE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE NET METERING CREDITS GENERATED BY SUCH EQUIPMENT TO A METER OR METERS OWNED BY THE CUSTOMER-GENERATOR AT ANY LOCATION OWNED OR LEASED BY SUCH CUSTOMER-GENERATOR WITHIN THE SERVICE AREA OF THE SAME ELECTRIC CORPORATION TO WHICH THE CUSTOMER-GENERATOR'S NET ENERGY METERS ARE INTERCONNECTED AND BEING WITHIN A RADIUS OF TWENTY-FIVE MILES OF THE WIND ELECTRIC GENERATING EQUIPMENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08627-01-1