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Legislative Memo

Darren Suarez
Director of Government Affairs
T 518.465.7517 x207
www.bcnys.org

BILL:

S.5419 (Maziarz)

  Support

SUBJECT:

Net Metering Energy Study

 

S.5419 (Maziarz)

DATE:

May 21, 2013

 

The Business Council of New York State supports this legislation as it will help to address a significant information gap regarding net metering. This bill requires the Public Service Commission to perform a study of the economic and environmental benefits and costs associated with the state's net metering laws.

While net metering clearly facilitates the deployment of renewable resources in New York, there is a cost to the program. At this time the State does not have a handle on the cost of the program. It is important to understand the cost to begin to evaluate the program's effectiveness.

A similar study was mandated in California and is due for publication this June.

For these reasons, The Business Council supports enactment of this bill.