Relates to certain farm waste electric generating equipment.
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 public service law, in relation to certain farm waste electric generating equipment
PURPOSE: To promote the creation of anaerobic digesters by increasing the percentage of the local feeder line's rated capacity of which farm waste electric generating equipment can produce.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one changes the percentage of the local feeder line's rated capacity of which farm waste electric generating equipment can produce from twenty percent to twenty-five percent
Section two: This act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: Anaerobic digesters provide sustainable management of organic waste, create a source of renewable energy, and provide an economic benefit to our agricultural industry. In promoting the creation of anaerobic digesters, a balance is struck between who bears the cost of upgrading the utility grid to tie it to the anaerobic digester. Currently, if a digester cannot produce more than 1,000 kilowatts and the generator's output falls below 20% of the local feeder line capacity, the customer will pay up to $5,000 for the system upgrades and the utility will cover the rest. If the output exceeds the 20% mark, the customer would be responsible for the system upgrades. There have been several cases where an anaerobic generator was installed which produced less than 1,000 kilowatts, but the output slightly exceeded 20% of the local feeder line capacity. This leads to customers installing smaller anaerobic digesters and therefore only a portion of the benefits from digesters can be reaped. Increasing the threshold to 25% provides a more practical level that promotes the creation of anaerobic digesters without putting an unreasonable burden on utilities to accommodate the newly created digesters.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5403 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 certain farm waste electric generating equipment THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (b) of subdivision 5 of section 66-j of the public service law, as amended by chapter 546 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (iii) In the event that the total rated generating capacity of farm waste electric generating equipment that provides electricity to the electric corporation through the same local feeder line exceeds
[twenty]TWENTY-FIVE percent of the rated capacity of the local feeder line, the electric corporation may require the customer-generator to comply with reasonable measures to ensure safety of that local feeder line. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11064-01-3