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S04178 Summary:

Add §65-c, Pub Serv L
Provides that the public service commission shall commence a rulemaking proceeding to set minimum requirements regarding the rights of customers with life-saving equipment that electric corporations shall adhere to at times preceding and for the duration of an electric service disruption; defines terms; makes related provisions.
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S04178 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 2, 2021
        Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
          cations  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
          amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation  to  customers  with
          life-saving equipment during a service disruption
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. 1. Definitions. For purposes of this section:
     2    "customer with life-saving equipment" shall have the same meaning as a
     3  person living in a residence that uses a life support system as  defined
     4  in subdivision 12 of section 65 of the public service law.
     5    2.  a.  The  public  service  commission  shall  commence a rulemaking
     6  proceeding to set minimum requirements regarding  customers  with  life-
     7  saving  equipment.  Such  rulemaking  proceeding  shall establish a plan
     8  that, in the event of an electric service disruption, requires  electric
     9  corporations to:
    10    i. provide backup generators capable of powering life-saving equipment
    11  to customers with life-saving equipment, including refueling or recharg-
    12  ing services; or
    13    ii.  provide temporary lodging accommodations at a location capable of
    14  powering life-saving equipment, including but  not  limited  to  compen-
    15  sation  for hotel rooms or hospital admissions, based on the duration of
    16  the electric service disruption to customers with life-saving equipment;
    17  and
    18    iii. prioritize electric service restoration to customers  with  life-
    19  saving equipment.
    20    b.  Upon  adoption  by the commission, each electric corporation shall
    21  incorporate the established  minimum  requirements  into  its  emergency
    22  response  plan  pursuant  to  subdivision 21 of section 66 of the public
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  service law and shall inform its customers of such information via posts
     2  on its website, e-mail and bill inserts.
     3    § 2. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 65-c to
     4  read as follows:
     5    §  65-c.  Customers  with life-saving equipment.   1. Definitions. For
     6  purposes of this section:
     7    "customer with life-saving equipment" shall have the same meaning as a
     8  person living in a residence that uses a life support system as  defined
     9  in subdivision twelve of section sixty-five of this article.
    10    2.  Customers  with  life-saving  equipment. (a) Electric corporations
    11  shall establish a unique priority phone  number  that  shall  remain  in
    12  operation  every  day  of the year for customers with life-saving equip-
    13  ment.
    14    (b)Information regarding such phone number shall be provided  in  bill
    15  inserts,  via  e-mail, and posted on electric corporations' websites and
    16  shall include reminders for existing customers with  life-saving  equip-
    17  ment  to  call  such number to ensure they are still registered with the
    18  electric corporation as a customer with life-saving equipment.
    19    (c) Customers with life-saving equipment shall be able  to  call  such
    20  number  established  by  paragraph  (a) of this subdivision at any time,
    21  including a time preceding or during an electric service disruption to:
    22    i. register with an electric corporation so as to  be  placed  on  its
    23  current  list  of  customers  who  use  life support systems pursuant to
    24  subdivision twelve of section sixty-five of this article;
    25    ii. receive information or projections regarding  the  severity  of  a
    26  storm, storm-like electric emergency or system emergency, if applicable;
    27    iii.  report  an  outage  or  receive instructions on how to report an
    28  outage;
    29    iv. receive updated information regarding the estimated time of resto-
    30  ration, including website links to  outage  maps  updated  every  thirty
    31  minutes, if applicable;
    32    v.  receive  outage  safety precautions, including but not limited to:
    33  storm survival without  electric  power,  safety  precautions  regarding
    34  electrical  hazards such as downed wires and the use of portable genera-
    35  tors;
    36    vi. receive information regarding dry ice distribution, if applicable;
    37    vii. receive information regarding power charging locations, if appli-
    38  cable;
    39    viii. receive information regarding cooling locations, if applicable;
    40    ix. receive information regarding the claims process for spoiled  food
    41  and medication, if applicable;
    42    x.  receive  potential  information  adopted  pursuant to a rulemaking
    43  proceeding commenced by the commission regarding restoration prioritiza-
    44  tion, backup generators, or compensation for lodging in the event of  an
    45  electric service disruption for customers with life-saving equipment, if
    46  applicable; and
    47    xi.  receive  information regarding the facilitation of transportation
    48  to the nearest hospital or facility that is capable  of  powering  life-
    49  saving equipment, if applicable.
    50    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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