Bill Text: NY S03943 | 2015-2016 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires the public service commission and the New York state energy research and development authority to ensure funds are available to fund programs assisting building owners with installing energy efficient improvements.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2016-01-06 - REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS [S03943 Detail]

Download: New_York-2015-S03943-Introduced.html
                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                                   I N  S E N A T E
                                   February 23, 2015
       Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
         printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
       AN  ACT  to require the public service commission and the New York state
         energy research and development authority to ensure funds  are  avail-
         able to fund programs assisting building owners with installing energy
         efficient improvements
    1    Section 1. The public service commission and the New York state energy
    2  research and development authority  shall  ensure  that  not  less  than
    3  fifteen  million  dollars  is made available for the purposes of funding
    4  programs to assist residential and  multi-family  building  owners  with
    5  installing  improvements to heating and cooling systems with an emphasis
    6  on emissions reductions and increased efficiency.  Heating  and  cooling
    7  improvement  programs  established  pursuant  to  this  section shall be
    8  designed to increase efficiency by at least ten percent or  reduce  fuel
    9  usage  by  at  least  ten percent and lead to a significant reduction in
   10  carbon emissions as defined by the authority guidelines, developed after
   11  consultation with the department of environmental conservation, provided
   12  that such projects shall have a return on investment of  five  years  or
   13  less.  Such improvements shall include, but shall not be limited to fuel
   14  oil  to natural gas conversions or conversions to heating oil number two
   15  from heating oil number six or heating  oil  number  four,  through  the
   16  installation  of  a high efficiency boiler or furnace, an improvement to
   17  and/or replacement of a burner in a boiler, or connecting to a  district
   18  energy  system  as  defined in this section. For purposes of this act, a
   19  district energy  system  connection  shall  mean  facilities  furnished,
   20  installed  and maintained by a district energy customer required for the
   21  utilization of district service including, but not limited  to,  service
   22  stop  valves,  meter stop valves, primary and secondary service pressure
        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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    1  reducing valves, meter supports and all  piping  between  the  point  of
    2  service  termination  and  the customer's utilization equipment, and any
    3  other improvement to a heating system that satisfies  the  criteria  set
    4  forth  in this section. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this
    5  section, for boilers that are regulated by the New York city  department
    6  of  environmental  protection, the improvements must result in a signif-
    7  icant reduction of particulate matter that is two and  one-half  microns
    8  or  less in width (commonly referred to as PM 2.5 emissions) of at least
    9  fifty percent.
   10    S 2. The funding stream made available for programs  as  described  in
   11  section  one  of this act may consist of monies derived from assessments
   12  on transmission and distribution companies under direct oversight of the
   13  commission collected on or after July 1, 2006 and  monies  collected  by
   14  auctions  administered  under  the regional greenhouse gas initiative or
   15  any other monies administered by the authority that may be available for
   16  such purpose.
   17    S 3. The president of the New York state energy research and  develop-
   18  ment  authority  shall provide additional definitions and guidelines for
   19  the eligibility of an improvement or project, which shall include defin-
   20  ing the parameters of what constitutes a significant reduction in carbon
   21  emissions for a single family or multiple family dwelling as well as any
   22  and all applicable standards, other than those enumerated in this act.
   23    S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.