Government Affairs Albany Update - April 6, 2001
In apparent recognition of national "Equal Pay Day" earlier this week, the Assembly on Wednesday passed five bills and one Congressional Resolution supporting the concept of Comparable Worth. Comparable Worth is a pay equity concept that goes beyond "Equal pay for equal work." It advocates equal pay for work that is of comparable value to the employer with the government determining the methods used to evaluate this comparable value. Business Council opposition memos.
The bills passed on Wednesday, A236, A290, A5416, A7012, A7432 and resolution K530 would require both public and private sector employers to implement comparable worth through changes in the state civil service law, labor law, human rights law and the New York State Constitution.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a new grant program for peak load reduction projects at commercial and industrial facilities. The program is designed to reduce peak electric loads this summer, with an emphasis on projects in New York City. Incentives are based on reductions in electric demand from the grid during peak periods and can range from $50 to $375 per kilowatt hour reduced. A total of $13.9 million is available in four project categories:
- Short-duration load curtailment measures that result in reduced peak demand at times of capacity shortfall in response to an emergency communication from New York Independent System Operator's Emergency Demand Response Program (NYISO's EDRP) or to an emergency communication from one of the distribution utilities.
- Permanent demand reduction efforts that result in base load reductions which also result in long-term (expected to be in place and operational for at least 5 years), overall coincident system peak demand reduction. Renewable technologies, such as building integrated photovoltaic systems, are eligible and strongly encouraged as measures to implement under the program.
- Dispatchable emergency generator initiatives that result in reduced system demand, at times of capacity shortfall, by allowing owners of existing emergency generators to offload all, or a portion of their electrical needs, by operating their generators. This call to use emergency generators would happen through NYISO's EDRP or to an emergency communication from one of the distribution utilities. This NYSERDA program is being offered only in the Consolidated Edison service territory at this time.
- Interval Meters -NYSERDA will provide incentives for the purchase and installation of interval meters required by customers participating in load reduction programs such as the NYISO.