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A01633 Summary:

BILL NOA01633
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORHevesi
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 66-j & 66-l, Pub Serv L
 
Relates to rate schedules for net energy metering.
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A01633 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1633
 
SPONSOR: Hevesi
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to rate schedules for net energy metering   PURPOSE OF BILL: Currently, Sections 66-j and 66-1 of the Public Service law set limits of 1% and 3/10 of 1% on the number of customers who can access net metering in a particular utility service territory. This bill would raise the caps to 5% and 2% respectively.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 66-j of the public service law to increase the cap on the number of net metered systems from 1% of households in a particular service territory to 5%. Section 2 amends section 66-1 of the public service law to increase the cap on the number of net metered systems from 3/10 of 1% of households in a particular service territory to 2%. Section 3 sets forth the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: Starting in 1997, New York State began to allow customers to utilize net metering to promote renewable energy while reducing their utility bills. While the initial law affected only residential photovoltaic systems up to 10KW, the Legislature has vastly expanded net metering since then, with major amendments to the law in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The intent of all of these amendments was to increase access to net metering for different classes of customers, expand the size of the systems allowed, add new technologies and allow for credits to be applied to multiple meters owned by the same customer generator. Net Metering is a straightforward method of encouraging customer invest- ment in renewable energy. Without net metering, there is far less incen- tive for residences or small businesses to invest in on-site generation. Since demand for net metering is increasing, the caps currently in stat- ute are outdated and need to be drastically increased. In recent years, we have seen instances where the current caps have been reached and while the PSC review process proceeded, new customers were not allowed to utilize net metering. By increasing the cap, we are expanding the universe of people who can easily access net metering and thereby expanding renewable energy generation, reducing emissions and decreasing consumer's utility bills.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.1915 (2015-2016); A.3143 (2013-2014)   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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