Relates to definitions pertaining to net energy metering standards for non-residential customers.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to net energy metering standards for non-residential customers
SUBJECT AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is include fuel cell generating equipment sited by non-residential electrical customers into the state's net electrical metering laws.
SUMMARY AND DESCRIPTION OF PROVISIONS: This bill would allow non-residential electric customers who own, lease or operate fuel cell generating equipment at their premises to participate in net energy metering in a similar manner to residential customers who generate electricity from such devices.
JUSTIFICATION: Under this legislation New York will expand on its pioneering net energy metering law by allowing non-residential customers who operate fuel cells to participate. Energy intensive businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations that own or lease fuel cells would benefit from producing all or a portion of their energy from these emerging technologies. Currently in California dozens of large electric users-including several Fortune 500 companies-that own or lease large scale fuel cells are participating in that state's net energy metering program. If allowed in New York, energy intensive operations such as data centers, hospitals and universities would be able meet or exceed their energy needs with fuel cells while transmitting excess electricity back to the grid. Crucial to New York's clean energy priorities is a net energy metering program that includes proven technologies that reliably produce electricity with zero or reduced emissions of nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury and carbon dioxide.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5443 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 23, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 net energy meter- ing standards for non-residential customers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraphs (iv) and (v) of paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 66-j of the public service law, as amended by chapter 355 of the laws of 2009, are amended and a new subparagraph (vi) is added to read as follows: (iv) a residential customer of an electric corporation who owns, leas- es or operates micro-combined heat and power generating equipment located on the customer's premises;
[and](v) a residential customer of an electric corporation who owns, leases or operates fuel cell generat- ing equipment located on the customer's premises [.]; AND (VI) A NON-RE- SIDENTIAL CUSTOMER OF AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION WHO OWNS, LEASES OR OPER- ATES FUEL CELL GENERATING EQUIPMENT LOCATED AND USED AT THE CUSTOMER'S PREMISES. S 2. Paragraph (g) of subdivision 1 of section 66-j of the public service law, as added by chapter 355 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: (g) "Fuel cell electric generating equipment" means, IN THE CASE OF A RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER, a solid oxide, molten carbonate, proton exchange membrane or phosphoric acid fuel cell with a combined rated capacity of not more than ten kilowatts that is manufactured, installed and operated in accordance with applicable government and industry standards, that is connected to the electric system and operated in parallel with an elec- tric corporation's transmission and distribution facilities, and that is operated in compliance with any standards and requirements established under this section; OR IN THE CASE OF A NON-RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER, AEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11631-01-1 S. 5443 2
SOLID OXIDE, MOLTEN CARBONATE, PROTON EXCHANGE MEMBRANE OR PHOSPHORIC ACID FUEL CELL WITH A COMBINED RATED CAPACITY OF ANY SIZE THAT IS MANU- FACTURED, INSTALLED AND OPERATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE GOVERN- MENT AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS, THAT IS CONNECTED TO THE ELECTRIC SYSTEM AND OPERATED IN PARALLEL WITH AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION'S TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITIES, AND THAT IS OPERATED IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANY STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED UNDER THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.