Bill Text: NY S06919 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Allows certain customer-generators who generate solar electricity to donate credit for such electricity to low-income families; requires electric corporations to create a low-income energy assistance pool for the donation of such credits.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-05-20 - REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS [S06919 Detail]

Download: New_York-2021-S06919-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          6919

                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                      May 20, 2021
                                       ___________

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

        AN  ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to allowing certain
          customer-generators who generate solar electricity  to  donate  credit
          for such electricity to low-income families

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

     1    Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision  4  of  section  66-j  of  the
     2  public  service  law,  as amended by chapter 494 of the laws of 2014, is
     3  amended and a new paragraph (e) is added to read as follows:
     4    (b) In the event that the amount of electricity produced by a  custom-
     5  er-generator during the billing period exceeds the amount of electricity
     6  used by the customer-generator, the corporation shall (i) apply a credit
     7  to the next bill for service to the customer-generator for the net elec-
     8  tricity  provided  at  the  same  rate  per  kilowatt hour applicable to
     9  service provided to other customers in the same service class  which  do
    10  not  generate electricity onsite, or (ii) at the option of the customer-
    11  generator, donate the credit to the low-income  energy  assistance  pool
    12  established  pursuant  to  paragraph  (e) of this subdivision.   Credits
    13  donated pursuant to paragraph (e) of this subdivision shall  be  applied
    14  to bills for service to low-income energy assistance pool credit recipi-
    15  ents for the net electricity provided at the same rate per kilowatt hour
    16  applicable  to  service  provided to other customers in the same service
    17  class which do not generate electricity onsite;  except  for  micro-com-
    18  bined  heat  and  power  or  fuel cell customer-generators or farm waste
    19  generating equipment customer-generators as  described  in  subparagraph
    20  (ix)  of  paragraph  (a) of subdivision one of this section, who will be
    21  credited at the corporation's avoided costs.  The  avoided  cost  credit
    22  provided  to micro-combined heat and power or fuel cell customer-genera-
    23  tors or farm waste generating equipment customer-generators as described

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09354-02-1

        S. 6919                             2

     1  in subparagraph (ix) of paragraph (a) of subdivision one of this section
     2  shall be treated for ratemaking purposes as a purchase of electricity in
     3  the market that is includable in commodity costs.
     4    (e)  (i) Within two hundred seventy days of the effective date of this
     5  paragraph, each electric corporation shall file an application with  the
     6  commission to establish a "low-income energy assistance pool" to which a
     7  customer-generator  may elect to donate credits earned by such customer-
     8  generator pursuant to paragraph (b) of this subdivision.  The commission
     9  shall render a decision on each application within ninety days from  the
    10  date  on  which the application is filed. Each application shall provide
    11  for a process whereby  low-income  households,  qualifying  pursuant  to
    12  subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, may apply to receive energy credits
    13  from  the  electric  corporation's  low-income  energy  assistance pool,
    14  pursuant to  the  energy  credit  disbursement  process  established  by
    15  subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph.
    16    (ii)  Within  ninety days of the effective date of this paragraph, the
    17  commission shall create a list of qualifications,  giving  consideration
    18  to  demographics  and  economic  factors within the service territory of
    19  each electric corporation, under  which  low-income  households  meeting
    20  such  qualifications  shall be deemed eligible to receive energy credits
    21  from an electric corporation's low-income energy assistance pool.
    22    (iii) Within one hundred eighty days of the  effective  date  of  this
    23  paragraph,  the  commission  shall  establish  a  process  to direct the
    24  disbursement of energy credits from each electric corporation's  low-in-
    25  come  energy assistance pool to qualifying applicants. In the establish-
    26  ment of such process, the commission shall give consideration to factors
    27  including, but not limited to:
    28    (A) the presence of an applicant household member under age  six,  age
    29  sixty or older, or  with a permanent disability;
    30    (B) applicant household size;
    31    (C)  adverse  applicant circumstances which may warrant prioritization
    32  of such applicant as a credit recipient;
    33    (D) applicant household income; and
    34    (E) an applicant's primary household heating and/or cooling source.
    35    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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