Energy Committee Update
March 14, 2014
Staff Contact: Darren Suarez
- One –House Bills
- Authorize NYSERDA to finance DEC Climate Change Office (TED Part K)
- NYSERDA to Transfer $913,000 to the General Fund (TED Part L)
- PSC Administrative Efficiencies (TED Part R)
- 18-A (TED Part S)
- New Assembly Proposals
- New Senate Proposals
The Assembly and Senate legislative majorities recently released their response to the Governor’s proposed 2014-15 budget. This document has been amended to reflect the Senate Majority Coalition one-house budget. The Assembly and the Senate are expected to take up the legislation shortly and to start the next stage of the budget process, on Monday with conferring of the Budget Conference Committees. Specifically, through a combination of public events and private negotiations the process of reconciling budget positions will truly begin. The State budget is required to be complete by Tuesday April 1. The Governor and the Legislature have prided themselves on delivering three on time budgets increasing the expectations of an on time budget exponentially.
- Assembly Budget - The Assembly does not amend the All Funds appropriation of $28.33 million for NYSERDA. The Assembly provides $505,000 for the Public Utility Law Project in the Department of State’s Budget. The Assembly provides an All Funds appropriation of $89.32 million, unchanged from the Executive proposal.
- Senate Budget- Rejects all of NYSERDA’s All Funds, The Senate concerns with the Executive’s proposed funding levels for the Public Service Commission.
- Executive Budget - Authorize the NYSERDA to finance the Department of Environmental Conservation’s climate change program, from an assessment on gas and electric corporations. This provision has been in the budget for multiple years.
- Assembly Budget - accepts proposal
- Senate Budget- Rejects the transfer
- Executive Budget - Authorize a payment of up to $913,000 from the NYSERDA for West Valley nuclear.
- Assembly Budget – accepts proposal and transfers an additional $20M for General Fund relief.
- Senate Budget - Accepts the Governor’s recommendations
- Executive Budget - proposes to streamline the process for overseeing telephone corporations, reviewing violations of the shared meter law, and confirming cable franchises. The streamlining initiatives are intended to remove administrative burdens of the DPS without having a reduction in oversight.
- Assembly Budget–rejects proposal
- Senate Budget - Accepts the Governor’s recommendations
- Executive Budget - In accordance with the recommendations of the New York State Tax relief Commission, Part S of the TED Article VII legislation, would reduce the Public Service Law § 18-a(6) Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment (Temporary Assessment) by a total of $200 million per year by eliminating the assessment on industrial utility customers and accelerate the phase out for all other customers. Specifically, the bill would eliminate the assessment for electric customers with a monthly peak demand of one thousand kilowatts or more in the last preceding calendar year and gas customers of one hundred thousand dekatherms or more, and all customers of municipal electric and gas utilities and water works corporations.
- Assembly Budget – the Assembly has proposed to provide immediate relief from 18-a only for residential customers. Additionally, in 2016 all other customers will receive relief in 2016 when the current law rate will go from 1.5 to 0.83 percentum, and for LIPA customers from .5 to 0.36 percentum.
- Senate Budget - Accepts the Governor’s recommendations.
- TED Part CC: Directs not less than fifteen million dollars from the Green Bank to cover costs associated with installing any improvement to a heating or cooling system which will increase efficiency by at least ten percent or reduce fuel usage by at least ten percent and lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Such improvements shall include, but shall not be limited to, the installation of a high efficiency boiler or furnace, an improvement to and/or replacement of a burner in a boiler, and any other improvement to a heating system that satisfies the criteria set forth in this section.
- PPGG Part N: amends the public service law to create the state office of the utility consumer advocate. This proposal is substantially similar to A. 6239-a (Dinowitz) / S.4550 (Savino).
- TED Part II: The Senate advances language to establish a Northern New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board, similar to the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board, to allow unallocated power from the FDR hydropower facility in Massena to be monetized and used for economic development purposes within the local region.
- TED Part KK: The Senate proposes language to request that the Long Island Power Authority enter into no power purchase agreements with any new base load generating facility until every reasonable attempt has been made to have repowered sites serve Long Island’s energy needs, and that financials for all proposed facilities be made available to the Senate and the Assembly.
- TED Part QQ: The Senate adds language to direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to make payments on grants to farm operations no later than ninety days after notification of any funding award.
- TED Part RR: The Senate adds language to direct the Public Service Commission to conduct a study of the economic and environmental costs and benefits of the State's net energy metering programs, similar to S 5149 (Maziarz)/ A 7679 (Simotas).
- TED Part VV: The Senate adds language to lay out a repowering plan for the existing generating facility in the Village of Port Jefferson, and includes an incentive package to aid in the remediation of the footprint for the new plant.
- TED Part YY: The proposes a sweep of $165.6M in NYSERDA clean energy funds, and a $52.9 M in RGGI proceeds to the general fund.
Senate Proposals that appear in the Resolution without language.
The Senate will urge NYSERDA and the Public Service Commission to study and report the impact of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative assessments imposed on in-state versus out of state generators and the impacts on New York ratepayers.
The Senate will advance language to require the State study whether fees assessed and allocated outside of the budget process are having an adverse impact on New York ratepayers.