Authorizes financing of certain energy related projects by the power authority of New York, including research and development and certain construction projects.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espaillat, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Storobin, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Huntley, Krueger
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to the powers and duties of the power authority of the state of New York
PURPOSE: To expand the programs and services of the New York Power Authority
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of this bill would amend Public Authorities Law §1005(17)(b)(2) and (4) to: (1) add "research, development and demonstration of new systems, technologies and materials relating to energy usage, storage, transmission and efficiency" to the definition of "energy-related projects, programs and services;" and (2) clarify that "high performance and sustainable building programs and services" includes programs and services related to construction, in addition to renovation and retrofitting, of buildings, and that such programs and services may be addressed to the use of clean energy and fuels in addition to renewable energy.
Section 2 of this bill would provide for the bill's effective date
JUSTIFICATION: Expanding NYPA's "energy-related projects, programs and services" to include "research; development and demonstration of new systems, technologies and materials relating to energy usage, storage, transmission and efficiency," would provide a basis to help the State's colleges and universities remain competitive in these subject areas, and could help stimulate vital partnerships and other joint endeavors between the State, the State's businesses and these institutions. The marriage of these interests could lead to significant new "Made in New York" innovations in the energy field which in turn would support the State's energy and environmental policies as well as support economic development in New York.
Additionally, this bill would clarify that NYPA's high performance and sustainable building programs and services may relate to construction, in addition to renovation and retrofitting, of buildings, and that such programs and services may be addressed to clean energy sources and fuels (e.g., hydrogen) in addition to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. As we continue to face significant challenges in the energy field, including the need for more energy and the consequences of increased energy usage, we cannot afford to limit our consideration of possible solutions to accepted or established technologies.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6713 IN SENATE March 12, 2012 ___________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 authorities law, in relation to the powers and duties of the power authority of the state of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 2 and 4 of paragraph (b) of subdivision 17 of section 1005 of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 477 of the laws of 2009 and as renumbered by section 16 of Part CC of chapter 60 of the laws of 2011, are amended to read as follows: (2) "Energy-related projects, programs and services" means energy efficiency projects and services
[,]; clean energy technology projects and services [, and]; RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND DEMONSTRATION OF NEW SYSTEMS, TECHNOLOGIES AND MATERIALS RELATING TO ENERGY USAGE, STORAGE, TRANSMISSION AND EFFICIENCY; high performance and sustainable building programs and services [,]; the construction, installation and/or opera- tion of facilities or equipment done in connection with any such projects, programs or services. (4) "High performance and sustainable building programs and services" means programs and services related to the CONSTRUCTION, renovation and retrofitting of buildings through the incorporation of standards, guide- lines, rating systems, and/or criteria relating to design and building techniques established by the authority pursuant to this section, which are addressed to such issues as energy efficiency, energy conservation, the use of CLEAN OR renewable energy OR FUELS, the reduction of air and other pollution, and the conservation of materials and resources such as water. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15032-01-2