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A00597 Summary:

BILL NOA00597
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSRSchimminger, Cahill, Fahy, Lifton, Simon, Otis, Gottfried, Crespo, Crouch, Barrett, Galef, Walker, Thiele, Sepulveda, Skartados, Colton, Rosenthal L, Quart, Carroll, Harris
 
MLTSPNSRBlankenbush, Lawrence, Magee, McLaughlin
 
 
Directs the public service commission to issue an order governing the equitable sharing of interconnection costs for distributed generation resources.
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A00597 Actions:

BILL NOA00597
 
01/09/2017referred to energy
01/24/2017reported referred to ways and means
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A00597 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A597
 
SPONSOR: Paulin (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the public service commission to issue an order govern- ing the equitable sharing of interconnection costs for distributed generation resources   PURPOSE: To provide for cost sharing in instances when two or more distributed generation resources share equipment necessary for interconnection.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This special act would: * define distributed generation resources to mean solar, farm waste, micro-hydroelectric, combined heat and power, fuel cell and wind gener- ating electric equipment under § 66-j and § 66-1 of the Public Service Law and equipment necessary for community net-metering. direct the PSC to issue an order within 365 days to provide standards for the reason- able sharing of costs where two or more distributed generation (DG) resources would utilize the same dedicated electrical equipment; * direct the commission to provide standards for the reimbursement of costs to customer-generators and persons who previously paid for the installation of dedicated equipment which would be utilized by another customer-generator or person. * direct PSC to establish a process to provide a refund of intercon- nection costs borne by customers of a community net-metering facility in the event the facility's owner receives a cost-sharing payment.   JUSTIFICATION: In July 2015, the Public Service Commission approved an order authoriz- ing community net-metering. This community net-metering model promises to provide millions of New Yorkers the ability to participate in renewa- ble energy production. As in other states which have adopted similar models, New York is likely to experience considerable development of shared facilities. Many of these facilities will be located near others and thus necessitate the sharing of dedicated electrical infrastructure, including wires, transformers and substations. This bill will ensure that those who have paid for the installation of such equipment will be reimbursed for a portion of their costs in the event another project significantly utilizes such equipment. We want the playing field in New York to be as even as possible to encourage responsible siting of distributed generation. The sharing of certain costs is a critical piece of that goal.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   HISTORY: A.10426, 2016 passed Assembly. Same-as S.3544-B, 2016 referred to finance.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A00597 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           597
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, SCHIMMINGER, CAHILL, FAHY, LIFTON, SIMON,
          OTIS, GOTTFRIED, CRESPO, CROUCH, BARRETT, GALEF, WALKER -- Multi-Spon-
          sored  by  -- M. of A. LAWRENCE, LOPEZ, MAGEE, McLAUGHLIN -- read once
          and referred to the Committee on Energy
 
        AN ACT to direct the public service commission to issue an order govern-
          ing the equitable sharing of  interconnection  costs  for  distributed
          generation resources
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. 1. No later than 365 days after the effective date of  this
     2  act,  the  public  service commission shall issue an order governing the
     3  equitable sharing of interconnection costs where two or more distributed
     4  generation resources substantially utilize the same dedicated equipment,
     5  including but not limited to dedicated electric cables, wires, circuits,
     6  transformers and substations,  which  but  for  the  operation  of  such
     7  resources would not have been installed by an electric corporation.
     8    2.   For   the  purposes  of  this  section,  "distributed  generation
     9  resources" shall refer to:
    10    (a) energy-generating equipment defined in paragraphs (d),  (e),  (f),
    11  (g) and (h) of subdivision 1 of section 66-j of the public service law;
    12    (b)  energy-generating  equipment defined in paragraph (f) of subdivi-
    13  sion 1 of section 66-l of the public service law; and
    14    (c) energy-generating equipment necessary for  community  net-metering
    15  as established by the commission on or after July 17, 2015.
    16    3. The order established by such commission shall include:
    17    (a) the reasonable payment of costs to customer-generators and persons
    18  who previously paid the costs of installing dedicated equipment required
    19  for  the interconnection of a distributed generation resource. The order
    20  shall provide for cost-sharing payments under the following scenarios:
    21    (i) an applicant who has received approval from his  or  her  electric
    22  corporation  to  interconnect  a  distributed  generation resource which
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01099-01-7

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     1  would substantially utilize existing equipment paid for by one  or  more
     2  customer-generators  or persons owning or operating one or more distrib-
     3  uted generation resources.
     4    (ii)  two  or  more  applicants  who have received approval from their
     5  electric corporation to interconnect  distributed  generation  resources
     6  which  would substantially utilize existing equipment paid for by one or
     7  more customer-generators or persons owning  or  operating  one  or  more
     8  distributed generation resources.
     9    (iii)  one  or  more  applicants who have received approval from their
    10  electric corporation to interconnect distributed  generation  resources,
    11  and  seek  to upgrade existing equipment paid for by one or more custom-
    12  er-generators or persons owning or operating  one  or  more  distributed
    13  generation  resources,  and  under which all parties would substantially
    14  utilize such upgraded equipment.
    15    (b) a process by which the department of public service  would  notify
    16  applicants  of  their  requirement  to  provide cost-sharing payments to
    17  customer-generators or persons owning or operating one or more  distrib-
    18  uted generation resources and previously had borne the costs of install-
    19  ing dedicated equipment necessary for interconnection.
    20    (c)  a  process  by  which  subscribers  to  a  community net-metering
    21  distributed generation facility where the owner has  received  equipment
    22  cost-sharing  payments  will receive a refund against subscription costs
    23  proportional to the share which they have paid for the  installation  of
    24  such equipment; and
    25    (d) any other guidelines such commission deems necessary to effectuate
    26  equitable  cost-sharing  and  subscriber  protections, and encourage the
    27  responsible siting of distributed generation resources.
    28    4. In developing  the  order  pursuant  to  subdivision  one  of  this
    29  section,  the  public service commission shall consult with the New York
    30  state energy research and development authority, and solicit  the  input
    31  of renewable energy advocates and electric corporations.
    32    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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