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A08212 Summary:

BILL NOA08212
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04490-A
 
SPONSORPaulin
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Add Art 8 Title 9-B 1900 - 1903, Pub Auth L
 
Enacts the "New York microgrids act" to establish the microgrids of New York grants program within the New York state energy research and development authority; such program shall award monies to certain areas of the state for the purposes of reducing utility rates, reducing utility demand and encouraging use of renewable energy resources.
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A08212 Actions:

BILL NOA08212
 
06/02/2017referred to energy
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A08212 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8212
 
SPONSOR: Paulin
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to enacting the "New York microgrids act"   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to enact the New York Microgrids Act to promote and provide grants to build microgrids.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends the public authorities law to add a new section 1900 to enact the New York Microgrids Act. Section 1901 provides definitions. Section 1902 sets forth the purposes of the act, which are to promote reduced energy costs, reduce capacity demand, stabilize energy costs, enhance energy reliability, increase energy independence, and to promote reliance on renewable energy sources to help mitigate climate change. Section 1903 directs the authority to establish a microgrids of NY grant program. Section 1903 also directs the authority to solicit applications and facilitate awareness. In addition, the authority shall award grants of $150,000 to approved applicants. Preference should be given to communities in areas where energy costs are particularly high in relation to a measure of its median household income, rural areas, energy insecure regions, and low-income munici- palities. Finally, the authority, in consultation with the department of public service, the power authority of NY, the Long Island power author- ity, and the department of environmental conservation is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations.   JUSTIFICATION: Microgrids are increasingly important in New York State, as they provide increased resiliency and encourage the use of renewable energy. The State's electric grid is comprised of aging infrastructure, and recent storms have highlighted the need for increased resiliency to prevent outages. Because microgrids operate independently of the State's elec- tric grid, they would continue to run in the event of a power outage. In addition, microgrids are typically engineered around renewable energy sources, allowing for those connected to the microgrid to be supplied completely with renewable energy. Microgrids also protect the individual power user from high or fluctuating power costs, and provide a reliable and consistent flow of electricity. Microgrids are a key part of meeting New York's goals of fifty percent renewable energy by 2030, as well as the goals expressed in the Reform- ing Energy Vision proceeding of decentralizing the electricity system and giving communities more control of their energy. The microgrids of New York grant program will encourage the installation of more micro- grids, and make it more feasible for microgrid projects to be completed.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall become law.
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A08212 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8212
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 2, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Energy
 
        AN  ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to enacting the
          "New York microgrids act"
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Article  8  of  the  public authorities law is amended by
     2  adding a new title 9-B to read as follows:
 
     3                                  TITLE 9-B
     4                           NEW YORK MICROGRIDS ACT
 
     5  Section 1900. Short title.
     6          1901. Definitions.
     7          1902. Purposes.
     8          1903. Microgrids of New York grant program.
     9    § 1900. Short title. This title shall be known and may be cited as the
    10  "New York microgrids act".
    11    § 1901. Definitions. As used in  this  section,  the  following  terms
    12  shall have the following meanings:
    13    1.  "Authority"  means the New York state energy research and develop-
    14  ment authority continued pursuant to section eighteen hundred  fifty-two
    15  of this article.
    16    2.  "Energy insecure regions" means areas of the state that have expe-
    17  rienced increased electricity outages due to grid instability,  capacity
    18  constraints, distribution and transmission line issues.
    19    3.  "Program"  means  the  microgrids of New York grant program estab-
    20  lished pursuant to section nineteen hundred three of this title.
    21    4. "Rural areas" shall have the same meaning as is  ascribed  to  such
    22  term pursuant to subdivision seven of section four hundred eighty-one of
    23  the executive law.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09837-03-7

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     1    5.  "Low-income  community"  means a census block group, or contiguous
     2  area with multiple census block groups, having a  low-income  population
     3  equal  to  or greater than 23.59 percent of the total population of such
     4  block group or groups, or such other percentage as may be determined  by
     5  the New York state department of environmental conservation.
     6    § 1902. Purposes. The purposes of this title are to:
     7    1. promote long term reduction of energy costs;
     8    2.  reduce  the  capacity demand for the market by drawing less energy
     9  from the original grid;
    10    3. stabilize energy costs;
    11    4. enhance the reliability of energy sources;
    12    5. increase energy independence throughout the state; and
    13    6. promote reliance on  renewable  energy  sources  to  help  mitigate
    14  climate change and achieve the state's energy use reduction goals.
    15    §  1903.  Microgrids of New York grant program. 1. The authority shall
    16  establish and operate the microgrids of New  York  grant  program.  Such
    17  program  shall be implemented by the authority, in consultation with the
    18  department of public service, the power authority of the  state  of  New
    19  York,  the  Long  Island  power authority and the department of environ-
    20  mental conservation. In furtherance thereof, the authority shall:
    21    (a) use monies made available for the purposes of this title  and  the
    22  program;
    23    (b)  enter  into  contracts  with constituency based organizations and
    24  other entities through the competitive grant process established  pursu-
    25  ant to subdivision two of this section;
    26    (c)  enter  into  contracts  with  one or more program implementers to
    27  perform such functions as the authority deems appropriate; and
    28    (d) exercise such other powers as are necessary for the proper  imple-
    29  mentation of this title.
    30    2. The authority shall:
    31    (a)  issue  one  or  more  program opportunity notices or requests for
    32  proposals to solicit applications from partnerships comprised of consti-
    33  tuency based organizations, which can connect community members  to  the
    34  program,  including facilitating awareness of the program and enrollment
    35  therein;
    36    (b) award grants of not more than one hundred fifty  thousand  dollars
    37  to each approved applicant;
    38    (c) with regard to awarding such grants, give preference to:
    39    (i) communities in areas of the state where energy costs are a partic-
    40  ularly  high  percentage  of  a  community's  median household income as
    41  determined by the authority;
    42    (ii) communities that would benefit from energy resiliency provided by
    43  a microgrid, as demonstrated by prior outage history due to  weather  or
    44  other causes;
    45    (iii) low income communities;
    46    (iv) energy insecure regions; and
    47    (v) rural areas.
    48    3.  The authority is authorized in consultation with the department of
    49  public service, the power authority of the state of New York,  the  Long
    50  Island power authority and the department of environmental conservation,
    51  to promulgate such rules and regulations as shall be necessary to imple-
    52  ment the provisions of this section.
    53    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    54  it shall have become a law.
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