Requires the power authority of the state of New York to produce a report detailing best practices with regard to energy cost savings for schools in New York state.
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Johnson, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, 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 (3): Alesi, Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the power authority of the state of New York produce a report detailing best practices with regard to energy cost savings for schools; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:
Provides for a detailed report on potential school energy savings if school districts where to Implement alternative energy technologies.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends the public authorities law in relation to requiring the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to create a report on energy cost savings for school districts.
Section 2: The report shall be submitted to the Governor, the Temporary President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, and minority leaders of the Senate and Assembly no later than July 31 of 2013.
Section 3: Itemizes information required but not limited to be covered by the report.
JUSTIFICATION: New York's troubled economy and the resulting fiscal constraints under which local districts must now contend with provide all the incentive the state needs to commit itself to the creation, retrofitting and maintenance of green schools. There are, for example, about 5,410 acres of mostly flat-roofed school buildings statewide that can easily accommodate solar panels to reduce energy costs. The solar power generated by that much space could yield 12,550,900 KWH per day, resulting in roughly $1.25 million worth of energy daily. A move toward greener schools is not only one that is environmentally friendly, but also one that is economically sound.
The potential for all school districts to completely eliminate their electricity and natural gas costs is completely possible if modern alternative energy technologies are adopted and proliferate throughout the more than 4,200 school buildings in New York's 700 school districts.
New advances in miniature wind turbines that can be attached to the roofs of school buildings and more efficient solar energy panels can eliminate school energy bills which currently range from almost one million dollars annually to the tens of millions in larger districts and several hundred million annually in New York City alone.
A mass scale retrofitting of school buildings with green energy technologies could create some 40,000 temporary jobs and some 3,500 permanent jobs in communities across New York.
In addition, training at community college level for green jobs would be complemented by actually creating the jobs graduates from such programs will need.
The potential to incorporate STEM curriculum while retrofitting each school can be realized.
The positives of moving swiftly and diligently on this issue are tremendous and can help offset cuts to critically needed education programs and prevent reductions in teaching staff and student support services.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None. Bonding could be suggested either at the local level or by a state bonding program to pay for deployment of green technologies that will permanently eliminate energy bills for all school districts, while creating thousands of jobs.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and expire on July 31, 2013.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6921--C IN SENATE April 11, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to requiring the power authority of the state of New York produce a report detailing best practices with regard to energy cost savings for schools; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subdivision 17 of section 1005 of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 477 of the laws of 2009 and such subdivision as renumbered by section 16 of part CC of chapter 60 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (f) The authority shall complete and submit a report, on or before
[January thirty-first, two thousand twelve, on those activities under- taken pursuant to this subdivision to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the minority leader of the assembly, the chair of the senate finance committee, the chair of the assembly ways and means committee, the chair of the assembly energy committee and the chair of the senate energy committee.]JULY THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, DETAILING BEST PRACTICES FOR ENERGY COST SAVINGS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS BASED ON DATA OBTAINED THROUGH ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY ENERGY COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE. SUCH REPORT, AT A MINIMUM, SHALL INCLUDE COST PROJECTIONS AND ESTIMATED TIMEFRAMES FOR THE PROVISION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES, CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIESEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13069-10-2 S. 6921--C 2
TO PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, ESTIMATED IMPACTS ON EMPLOYMENT, ENERGY COST SAVINGS, GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO INCORPORATE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM INTO SCIENCE, MATH AND TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed July 31, 2013.