Bill Text: NY S00926 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires electric corporations to prioritize restoring services to police departments, fire departments, and ambulance services, when such services are interrupted; prohibits such corporations from charging rate payers a higher rate for extra costs incurred due to prioritizing such services.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-06 - REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS [S00926 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S00926-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK


                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE


                                     January 6, 2021

        Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-

        AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring elec-
          tric corporations to prioritize restoring services to  police  depart-
          ments,   fire  departments,  and  ambulance  services,  when  electric
          services are interrupted

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
     2  73 to read as follows:
     3    § 73. Prioritization of emergency services. 1.  If an electric  corpo-
     4  ration  is  not  able  to  restore electric power services to any police
     5  department, fire department, or  ambulance  service  within  twenty-four
     6  hours  of the loss or interruption of such electric power services, such
     7  electric corporation shall provide such police department, fire  depart-
     8  ment, and/or ambulance service with an alternate generated power source.
     9    2.  An  electric  corporation  shall  not increase charges to any rate
    10  payers to cover any extra costs incurred by such electric corporation as
    11  a result of compliance with subdivision one of this section.
    12    3. For the  purposes  of  this  section,  "alternate  generated  power
    13  source" shall mean electric generating equipment that is of the capacity
    14  that  is  capable  of providing adequate electricity to operate all life
    15  safety systems and the basic operations of  a  police  department,  fire
    16  department, or ambulance service.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.