|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Schimminger, Cahill, Fahy, Lifton, Simon, Otis, Gottfried, Crespo, Crouch, Barrett, Galef, Walker, Thiele, Sepulveda, Skartados|
|MLTSPNSR||Blankenbush, Lawrence, Lopez, Magee, McLaughlin|
|Directs the public service commission to issue an order governing the equitable sharing of interconnection costs for distributed generation resources.|
|01/09/2017||referred to energy|
|01/24/2017||reported referred to ways and means|
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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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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. LBD01099-01-7A. 597 2 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.