Authorizes eligibility for admission for certain applicants for the excelsior jobs program.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, 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 (2): Espaillat, Huntley
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law and the economic development law, in relation to eligibility for admission to the excelsior jobs program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Allows proposed electric generating facilities which are certified under the repowering siting law, and those that have received regulatory approval prior to its enactment, to apply for the excelsior jobs program.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 165 of the Public Service law to allow applicants that have been granted a certificate for the construction or operation of a facility the option to apply for admission to the excelsior jobs program established by article seventeen of the Economic Development Law. Project that had received regulatory approval prior to the law's enactment would also be eligible.
Section 2 amends section 352 the economic development law to allow a major electric generating facility that has been granted a certificate or amendment thereof for the construction or operation of a facility to be eligible to apply for admission to the excelsior jobs program.
Section 3 amends section 353 of the economic development law to exempt a major electric generating facility that has been granted a certificate or amendment thereof for the construction or operation of a facility.
Section 4 sets the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The Power New York Act of 2011 reformed and reestablished the State Electric Generating Facility Siting Board, Under the new law, generators seeking to upgrade or replace their plants on existing sites can take advantage of a streamlined repowering review process. While a step in the right direction, the provision is not enough of an incentive to encourage the replacement of old, polluting facilities with newer, cleaner and more efficient power plants.
Aging power plants are significant contributors to air quality problems caused by carbon, mercury, nitrogen and sulfur oxide pollution. These emissions have resulted in the greater metropolitan region's designation as a non-attainment zone under the Federal Clean Air Act for particulate matter and ozone. Aside from the significant economic impact of complying air quality regulations, areas that have been disproportionately burdened with clusters of generating facilities have demonstrated higher instances of lung disease and asthma leading to a strain on our public health system and higher health care costs.
This legislation will offer power producers that have received regulatory approval to repower the option to apply for incentives under the Excelsior Jobs Benefit Program in return for meeting environmental, public health and economic benefit benchmarks.
Investment in cleaner, more efficient generation is in the best interests of the environment, public health and the economy.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7743--A IN SENATE June 16, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public service law and the economic development law, in relation to eligibility for admission to the excelsior jobs program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The closing paragraph of paragraph (b) of subdivision 4 of section 165 of the public service law, as added by chapter 388 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: The applicant shall supply the details of the analysis in the applica- tion and such supporting information, as may be requested by the board or, in the exercise of federally delegated or approved environmental permitting authority, the department of environmental conservation, necessary to show compliance with the requirements of subparagraphs (i) through (iv) of this paragraph. The board may extend the deadline in extraordinary circumstances by no more than three months in order to give consideration to specific issues necessary to develop an adequate record. The board shall render a final decision on the application by the aforementioned deadlines unless such deadlines are waived by the applicant. If, at any time subsequent to the commencement of the hear- ing, there is a material and substantial amendment to the application, the deadlines may be extended by no more than three months, unless such deadline is waived by the applicant, to consider such amendment. SHOULD THE BOARD GRANT A CERTIFICATE OR AMENDMENT THEREOF FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OR OPERATION OF A FACILITY OR IF THERE IS A PROPOSED FACILITY THAT HAD BEEN GRANTED CERTIFICATION OR OTHER APPROVAL UNDER ANOTHER PROVISION OF LAW PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE APPLICANT OR PROPOSED FACILITY SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SEVENTEEN OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15138-04-2 S. 7743--A 2
S 2. Subdivision 14 of section 352 of the economic development law, as added by section 1 of part MM of chapter 59 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 14. "Regionally significant project" means (a) a manufacturer creating at least fifty net new jobs in the state and making significant capital investment in the state; (b) a business creating at least twenty net new jobs in agriculture in the state and making significant capital invest- ment in the state, (c) a financial services firm, distribution center, or back office operation creating at least three hundred net new jobs in the state and making significant capital investment in the state,
[or](d) a scientific research and development firm creating at least twenty net new jobs in the state, and making significant capital investment in the state, OR (E) A MAJOR ELECTRIC GENERATING FACILITY AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE LAW THAT HAS BEEN GRANT- ED A CERTIFICATE OR AMENDMENT THEREOF FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OR OPERATION OF A FACILITY PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE LAW OR IF THERE IS A PROPOSED FACILITY THAT HAD BEEN GRANTED CERTIFICATION OR OTHER APPROVAL UNDER ANOTHER PROVISION OF LAW PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. Other businesses creating three hundred or more net new jobs in the state and making significant capital investment in the state may be considered eligible as a regionally significant project by the commissioner as well. The commissioner shall promulgate regulations pursuant to section three hundred fifty-six of this article to determine what constitutes significant capital investment for each of the project categories indi- cated in this subdivision and what additional criteria a business must meet to be eligible as a regionally significant project, including, but not limited to, whether a business exports a substantial portion of its products or services outside of the state or outside of a metropolitan statistical area or county within the state. S 3. Subdivision 5 of section 353 of the economic development law, as amended by section 2 of part G of chapter 61 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 5. A not-for-profit business entity, a business entity whose primary function is the provision of services including personal services, busi- ness services, or the provision of utilities, and a business entity engaged predominantly in the retail or entertainment industry, and a company engaged in the generation or distribution of electricity, the distribution of natural gas, or the production of steam associated with the generation of electricity, EXCEPT A MAJOR ELECTRIC GENERATING FACIL- ITY AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE LAW THAT HAS BEEN GRANTED A CERTIFICATE OR AMENDMENT THEREOF FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OR OPERATION OF A FACILITY PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FOUR OF SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE LAW OR IF THERE IS A PROPOSED FACILITY THAT HAD BEEN GRANTED CERTIFICATION OR OTHER APPROVAL UNDER ANOTHER PROVISION OF LAW PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, are not eligible to receive the tax credit described in this article. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.