Bill Text: NY A02720 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Directs the state energy planning board to conduct a study of the technical and economic feasibility of a one hundred percent renewable energy system and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 15-4)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-12 - reported referred to ways and means [A02720 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A02720-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                         2720--B
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 25, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. CUSICK, LIFTON, ORTIZ, PAULIN, STERN, CRESPO,
          WALLACE, HUNTER,  SIMOTAS,  ROZIC,  SAYEGH,  L. ROSENTHAL,  PALMESANO,
          WALCZYK,  BLANKENBUSH  --  read  once and referred to the Committee on
          Energy -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted  as
          amended  and recommitted to said committee -- again reported from said
          committee with amendments, ordered reprinted as amended and  recommit-
          ted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the energy law, in relation to directing the state ener-
          gy  planning  board  to  conduct a study of the technical and economic
          feasibility of a one hundred percent renewable  energy  system  and  a
          reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The energy law is amended by adding a new section 6-110  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  6-110. Supplemental study on the technical and economic feasibility
     4  of a one hundred percent renewable energy  system  and  a  reduction  in
     5  greenhouse  gas emissions. 1. On or before September first, two thousand
     6  twenty, and every four years thereafter, the  board  shall  publish  and
     7  update  a  comprehensive  study  to determine the technical and economic
     8  feasibility of meeting the following goals:
     9    (a) one hundred percent of  the  electricity  consumed  in  the  state
    10  generated by renewable energy resources by the year two thousand thirty,
    11  and, alternatively, the year two thousand fifty.
    12    (b)  reducing  greenhouse gas emissions from all anthropogenic sources
    13  one hundred percent below the levels of greenhouse gas emissions in  the
    14  year  nineteen  hundred  ninety  by the year two thousand fifty, with an
    15  incremental target of at least a fifty percent reduction  in  greenhouse
    16  gas  emissions  below the levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the year
    17  nineteen hundred ninety by the year two thousand thirty.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06924-10-9

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     1    2. Such study shall include, at a minimum, an assessment  of  each  of
     2  the following:
     3    (a)  the  timing,  costs, economic impacts, and feasibility associated
     4  with pathways to meet these goals. In terms of the evaluation of  costs,
     5  the study shall:
     6    (i) evaluate, using the best available economic models, emission esti-
     7  mation  techniques  and  other  scientific  methods, the total potential
     8  costs and potential economic and non-economic benefits of meeting  these
     9  goals;
    10    (ii)  evaluate the economic impact of meeting the goals on the state's
    11  businesses, jobs, ratepayers and residents assuming:
    12    (A) the renewable and greenhouse gas emissions goals of  other  states
    13  and  regions  in the United States are at least fifty percent lower than
    14  New York state's goals;
    15    (B) the renewable and greenhouse gas emissions goals of  other  states
    16  and regions in the United States are as those in place as of the date of
    17  the study;
    18    (C) the existence of technology in place as of the date of the study.
    19    (b) the technical and cost impact on maintaining electric system reli-
    20  ability,  including but not limited to, the need for and type of back-up
    21  power supplies and of energy storage systems to maintain electric system
    22  reliability.
    23    (c) the short-term and long-term actions to feasibly  meet  the  goals
    24  across  all  economic sectors, including industry, transportation, agri-
    25  culture, building construction and energy production, including:
    26    (i) an analysis  of  the  anticipated  emission  reductions,  and  the
    27  economic implications thereof, as a result of each action.
    28    (ii) identification of the anticipated life-cycle implications, conse-
    29  quences,  benefits  and  costs  of  implementing  each action, including
    30  implications, consequences, benefits and costs to New York state,  local
    31  governments, businesses, ratepayers and residents from implementation of
    32  each action.
    33    (d) estimated timelines for considering and implementing such actions.
    34    (e)  exploration of various renewable technology and energy efficiency
    35  deployment scenarios.
    36    (f) a requirement for any new vehicles sold in the state to be powered
    37  by electricity generated by renewable energy resources or  otherwise  to
    38  be free of emissions.
    39    (g)  proposals  for  new structures constructed in the state to be net
    40  zero emission structures.
    41    (h) transition to renewable heating and cooling provided by heat pumps
    42  powered by renewable energy resources or other means  resulting  in  net
    43  zero emissions.
    44    (i)  the  economic  and  social  benefits  of greenhouse gas emissions
    45  reductions, taking into account the federal social cost of  carbon,  any
    46  other tools that the board deems useful and pertinent for this analysis,
    47  and  any  environmental, economic and public health co-benefits (such as
    48  the reduction of co-pollutants and the diversification of energy  sourc-
    49  es).
    50    3.  Such  study  shall  build  upon  relevant expertise already at the
    51  board's disposal.
    52    4. The board  may  contract  with  an  independent  and  competitively
    53  selected contractor to undertake such study.
    54    5.  The  board,  and  any contractors it may retain for such purposes,
    55  shall consult with entities that have resources and expertise to  assist
    56  in  such  study, including, but not limited to, academic partners, elec-

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     1  tric corporations, electricity  generating  companies,  trade  organiza-
     2  tions, environmental justice groups, and other stakeholders.
     3    6.  The  board  shall  prepare a report on such study's findings.  The
     4  board shall transmit such report along with the study to  the  governor,
     5  the  speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the
     6  chair of the assembly energy committee, and  the  chair  of  the  senate
     7  energy  and telecommunications committee no later than thirty days after
     8  the study's completion.
     9    7. The Long Island power authority and  the  power  authority  of  the
    10  state  of  New  York are authorized, as deemed feasible and advisable by
    11  their respective boards, to make a  voluntary  contribution  toward  the
    12  study.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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