Directs the public service commission to conduct a study to analyze the economic and environmental benefits from and the economic cost burden, if any, of the net energy metering program in this state.
Ayes (57): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, 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, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (4): Espaillat, Hassell-Thomps, Kennedy, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to a study by the public service commission on net metering
To authorize and direct the commission to perform a study on the economic and environmental benefits and costs of net metering
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: Amends the public service law by adding a new section 66-n that requires the Public Service Commission to perform a study of the economic and environmental benefits and costs associated with the state's net metering laws. Further, the bill requires a report on the findings of study to be made to the Governor and legislative leaders within three hundred sixty five days of the bill's effective date
Section 2: Sets forth the effective date
New York has been at the forefront of net metering since 1997, and since then, the state has developed a comprehensive set of net metering laws aimed at reducing emissions and saving customers money on their utility bills. As net metering has expanded, questions have been raised about the socialized cost to ratepayers who have not installed renewable generating systems, as well as questions that ask for a clearer picture of the environmental benefits achieved for the state as a whole and the avoided costs realized by customer generators. The purpose of this bill is to require the public service commission to perform a non-biased cost-benefit analysis of New York's net metering program. A similar study was mandated in California and is due for publication this June. Getting a clear handle on the costs and benefits of any government program, even one that is widely accepted and acknowledged as a positive one is important if government is truly trying to be more efficient and transparent. This bill will provide a comprehensive and balanced look at the environmental and economic impacts of net metering and will provide policy makers with important insights that can help to inform their decisions moving forward.
This is a new bill
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5149--A Cal. No. 71 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 10, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, DeFRANCISCO, MONTGOMERY, PARKER, RANZENHOF- ER, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a 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 public service law, in relation to a study by the public service commission on net metering THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 66-n to read as follows: S 66-N. NET METERING STUDY. THE COMMISSION SHALL CONDUCT A STUDY TO ANALYZE THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FROM AND THE ECONOMIC COST BURDEN, IF ANY, OF THE NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM AND TO ANALYZE THE EXTENT TO WHICH RATEPAYERS RECEIVING SERVICE UNDER THE NET ENERGY METERING PROGRAM ARE PAYING THE FULL COST OF SERVICES PROVIDED TO THEM BY COMBINED ELECTRIC AND GAS CORPORATIONS AND GAS CORPORATIONS, AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEIR CUSTOMERS PAY A SHARE OF COSTS OF PUBLIC PURPOSE PROGRAMS THROUGH ASSESSMENTS ON THEIR ELECTRIC AND/OR GAS BILLS. IN ANALYZING PROGRAM COSTS AND BENEFITS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY, THE COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER ALL ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY RENEWABLE ELEC- TRIC GENERATING SYSTEMS ELIGIBLE FOR NET METERING UNDER SECTIONS SIXTY- SIX-J AND SIXTY-SIX-L OF THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING THE ELECTRICITY USED ONSITE TO REDUCE THE CUSTOMER'S CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRICITY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE SUPPLIED THROUGH THE ELECTRICAL GRID, AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL OUTPUT THAT IS BEING FED BACK TO THE ELECTRICAL GRID FOR WHICH THE CUSTOMER RECEIVES CREDIT OR NET SURPLUS ELECTRICITY COMPENSATION UNDEREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10909-02-4 S. 5149--A 2
NET ENERGY METERING. AS IT RELATES TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS, THE STUDY SHALL QUANTIFY THE APPROXIMATE AVOIDED LEVEL OF HARMFUL EMISSIONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INFORMATION CONCERNING: NITROGEN DIOXIDE, SULFUR DIOXIDE AND CARBON DIOXIDE, AS WELL AS OTHER AIR POLLUTANTS DEEMED NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE FOR STUDY BY THE COMMISSION. THE STUDY SHALL ALSO QUANTIFY THE ECONOMIC COSTS AND BENEFITS OF NET ENERGY METER- ING TO PARTICIPANTS AND NON-PARTICIPANTS AND SHALL FURTHER DISAGGREGATE THE RESULTS BY UTILITY. THE STUDY SHALL ALSO GATHER AND PRESENT DATA ON THE INCOME DISTRIBUTION OF RESIDENTIAL NET METERING PARTICIPANTS THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND AGGREGATED BY ZIP CODE AND COUNTY. IN ORDER TO ASSESS THE ECONOMIC COSTS AND BENEFITS AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF NET METERING IMPLEMENTATION, THE STUDY SHALL BE CONDUCTED USING MULTIPLE NET ENERGY METERING PENETRATION SCENARIOS. THE COMMISSION SHALL PUBLISH A REPORT FROM ITS FINDINGS. THE REPORT MUST BE PUBLISHED WITHIN THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. A COPY OF THE REPORT MUST BE FURNISHED TO THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY ENERGY COMMITTEE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.