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July 9, 2014

Legislative Update

Public Hearing on CTE

The Assembly Standing Committee on Education is holding a hearing on career and technical education on July 16 in Utica to examine changes to CTE in New York, gather input on the current CTE technical endorsement and explore the option of a CTE diploma, as laid out in legislation that passed the Senate (S.5966-C/A.8189-C). The Business Council will be submitting comments and encourages input from members.

Please contact our government affairs staff to discuss post-session priorities.

Regulatory Update

Reforming Energy Vision (REV) proceeding (14-M-0101)

The Business Council is an active party in this proceeding, which is intended to reform New York State’s energy industry and regulatory practices. This past week, The Business Council participated in the Customer Engagement Committee. The Business Council has expressed concerns regarding the presentation of information related to Community Choice Aggregation because the material was misleading regarding the local administrative costs and rate reductions. The Customer Engagement Committee is a subgroup of Working Group 1 (Markets & Customer Engagement). All Working Groups will report to the Public Service Commission on July 10. The Business Council will be preparing a response to “policy questions,” which are due July 18. The Department of Public Service (DPS) staff will prepare “Straw Proposal” by August 22.
Staff contact:Darren Suarez

Clean Energy Fund  (CASE 14-M-0094)

The Business Council is a party in this proceeding, which is intended to ensure continuity of the state’s clean energy programs and enhance program efficiency and leverage, while also managing a transition from an almost exclusive reliance on ratepayer surcharges to tariff and sustainable market-based clean energy activities such as those envisioned in the commission’s related proceeding for the REV. This past week the Business Council participated in four DPS sessions. Onesession was attended on each of the following subject areas: demand-side resources, supply-side resources, policy and technology & business innovation. The Business Council provided input regarding the need to reduce the current energy assessments. Public comments are due by July 18. The Business Council will be preparing comments expressing support for significant reductions in ratepayer collection levels.

The proceeding is moving at an expedited pace. NYSERDA was directed to develop and submit for commission consideration a proposal for a comprehensive Clean Energy Fund by August 13, 2014. The proposal will include recommended annual ratepayer collection levels for each year of the 2016-2020 program cycle and beyond. Staff contact:Darren Suarez

Briefly Noted

Please note the following additional item of interest:

Professional Development for Teachers

Monday kicked off a week-long conference at the state museum for teachers on the Common Core standards. Click here to learn more.

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