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A05525 Summary:

BILL NO    A05525A


SPONSOR    Englebright (MS)

COSPNSR    Hooper, Gunther, Jaffee, Maisel, Castro, Markey, Gabryszak, Lavine,

MLTSPNSR   Aubry, Boyland, Boyle, Brennan, Magee, McEneny, Reilly, Thiele

Amd S1020-cc, Pub Auth L

Requires the Long Island power authority to conform to safety standards
regarding manual lockable disconnect switches for solar electric generating
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A05525 Actions:

BILL NO    A05525A

02/23/2011 referred to energy
03/08/2011 reported 
03/10/2011 advanced to third reading cal.123
03/14/2011 amended on third reading (t) 5525a
03/24/2011 passed assembly
03/24/2011 delivered to senate
06/13/2011 SUBSTITUTED FOR S4548
06/13/2011 3RD READING CAL.609
06/13/2011 PASSED SENATE
08/05/2011 delivered to governor
08/17/2011 signed chap.413
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A05525 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Englebright (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to external disconnect switches on solar electric generating equipment   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To eliminate any requirement that solar electric generating equipment of less than 25 kilowatts have an external disconnect switch.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Under no circumstances shall such standards require the use of such a manual lockable disconnect switch on residential solar electric equipment of not more than twenty-five kilo- watts, when such equipment is in compliance with Underwriters Laborato- ries interconnection standard 1747. The authority shall comply with the provisions of section sixty-six-j of the public service law.   JUSTIFICATION: In February 2009, the state's Public Service Commis- sion issued a ruling requiring that all utility companies eliminate the requirement for the external disconnect switch used in solar installa- tions sized 25kW and smaller. Since that ruling, all the state's utility companies have complied however the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a state owned utility company, has not. All solar energy converting equipment currently sold on the market today, are required to meet the rigid standards of IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 anti-islanding provisions, preventing "grid connected" inverter equip- ment from back feeding power to the grid when there is a utility power failure. Requiring a redundant manual disconnect switch only adds to the cost of an already expensive solar installation between $700 and $1400 to the customer. This amendment changes the current law to reflect the February PSC deci- sion.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10 A10245 referred to energy   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A05525 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                                                                Cal. No. 123
                               2011-2012 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 23, 2011
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. ENGLEBRIGHT, HOOPER, GUNTHER, JAFFEE, MAISEL,
          CASTRO, MARKEY, GABRYSZAK -- Multi-Sponsored by --  M.  of  A.  AUBRY,
          and referred to the Committee on Energy --  reported  from  committee,

          advanced  to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining
          its place on the order of third reading
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities  law,  in  relation  to  external
          disconnect switches on solar electric generating equipment
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  Section 1020-cc of the public authorities law, as added by
     2  chapter 517 of the laws of 1986 and as renumbered by chapter 334 of  the
     3  laws of 1987, is amended to read as follows:
     4    §  1020-cc.  Authority  subject to certain provisions contained in the
     5  state finance law, the public service law, the social services  law  and
     6  the  general  municipal  law.  All  contracts  of the authority shall be
     7  subject to the provisions of the state finance law relating to contracts

     8  made by the state. The authority shall also establish  rules  and  regu-
     9  lations  with  respect to providing to its residential gas, electric and
    10  steam utility customers those rights and protections provided in article
    11  two and sections one hundred seventeen and one hundred eighteen  of  the
    12  public  service  law  and section one hundred thirty-one-s of the social
    13  services law.   The authority shall  conform  to  any  safety  standards
    14  regarding  manual lockable disconnect switches for solar electric gener-
    15  ating equipment established by the public service commission pursuant to
    16  subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision five and  subparagraph
    17  (ii)  of  paragraph  (a) of subdivision five-a of section sixty-six-j of
    18  the  public  service  law.  The  authority  shall  let   contracts   for

    19  construction  or  purchase of supplies, materials, or equipment pursuant
    20  to section one hundred three and paragraph (e) of  subdivision  four  of
    21  section one hundred twenty-w of the general municipal law.
    22    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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