Bill Text: NY S02352 | 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 6-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-04 - ADVANCED TO THIRD READING [S02352 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02352-Amended.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                         2352--A
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 24, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  BRESLIN,  COMRIE, FUNKE, HOYLMAN -- read
          twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
          Committee  on  Energy  and Telecommunications -- committee discharged,
          bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  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  undertake  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.
    18    2. Such study shall include, at a minimum, an assessment  of  each  of
    19  the following:
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06924-03-9

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

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     1  the speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate,  the
     2  chair  of  the  assembly  energy  committee, and the chair of the senate
     3  energy and telecommunications committee.
     4    7.  The  Long  Island  power  authority and the power authority of the
     5  state of New York are authorized, as deemed feasible  and  advisable  by
     6  their  respective  boards,  to  make a voluntary contribution toward the
     7  study.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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