Energy Committee Update
Staff Contact: Darren Suarez
November 22, 2016
The Energy Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 29th at 2:30 p.m. in our Corporate Woods Offices. The meeting will focus on the development of next year's legislative agenda. We will review last year's legislative agenda prior to our annual Government Affairs planning session, which will be held on Thursday, December 1st from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Albany Renaissance.
In addition to highlighting several Business Council priority issues for 2017 – including workers’ comp reform, additional business tax reforms, labor law issues and others – the agenda will include the following guest speakers.
- Division of Budget director Robert Mujica will be our lunch speaker.
- The afternoon session will feature presentations by Elizabeth Garvey, counsel to the Senate Majority, and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.
Last year The Business Council’s 2016 Advocacy Priorities included the following energy specific priorities:
- Energy Assessment -- Repeal Section 18-a energy gross receipts assessment, effective 1/1/16, avoiding the collection of an additional $200 million from business and residential ratepayers. Adopt measures to provide price protection to large energy consumers from energy assessments. Adopt a self-directed energy program with a cap on percentage energy assessments as a percentage of energy assessments. Exclude large energy consumers from the cost associated with residential customer system.
- Energy Infrastructure Investment -- Expand access to natural gas for manufacturing facilities, including: dedicate state energy assessment resources to pipeline extensions; expedite the state review of applications for expansion of natural gas infrastructure; authorize real property tax exemptions for the increased assessed value attributable to new natural gas distribution facilities; and repeal the outdated requirement that the Department of Transportation creates certified LNG transport routes.
In addition, the following points were expressed in the Business Council's 2016 agenda:
- Supports the repeal of Section 18-a energy gross receipts assessment effective 1/1/16, avoiding the collection of an additional $200 million from business and residential ratepayers.
- Supports the significant reduction of the nearly $1 billion in current ratepayer assessments collected to fund Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and System Benefits Charge (SBC) and the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) through the adoption of more cost effective and market driven solutions to achieving social objectives.
- Supports the repeal of the statutory requirements for state approval of transportation routes for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
- Supports expanded access to natural gas for employers, including dedicating state energy assessment resources to pipeline extensions; expediting the state and local review of applications for expansion of natural gas lines; and the authorizing of real property tax exemptions for the increased assessed value attributable to new natural gas distribution facilities.
- Supports the continued operation of Indian Point, which provides 11 percent of the state’s electric power.
- Supports efforts to study and address power quality issues by NYSERDA and the PSC. Power quality is the quality of the voltage in an electrical circuit or the fitness of electrical power to consumer devices, poor quality can have a material effect on advance manufacturing processes.
- Supports streamlining the regulatory process for the approval of new energy infrastructure.
- Opposes legislation creating a “Citizen Utility Board,”and intervener funds in rate cases, which create a duplicative and costly consumer advocate function within the Department of Public Service, funded by additional utility assessments.
Furthermore, there will be an update on the REV proceeding and the Clean Energy Standard (CES), with a focus on possible legislative responses, there will be a discussion of possible Energy Service Company (ESCO) legislation, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), issues surrounding the siting of renewable energy generation, and a discussion of the 2015-2016 Legislative Memos.
Additionally, there will be a discussion of the structure of the current energy committee with a focus on ensuring that the current committee structure is amended to meet membership’s needs. In addition, I will provide an update on our energy infrastructure initiative.
Prior to the Energy Committee Meeting please feel free to share with Darren Suarez your businesses or organizations opinions on The Business Councils past priorities and position and future priorities and positions.
For those members that are interested, the meeting will be webcast to facilitate greater participation.