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A01008 Summary:

COSPNSROtis, Galef, Palmesano, Griffin
Amd §66, Pub Serv L
Requires each electric corporation to submit a storm hardening and system resiliency plan to the public service commission for review and approval; makes related provisions.
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A01008 Actions:

01/07/2021referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
02/03/2021amend and recommit to corporations, authorities and commissions
02/03/2021print number 1008a
02/09/2021reported referred to ways and means
05/13/2021advanced to third reading cal.344
05/19/2021passed assembly
05/19/2021delivered to senate
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A01008 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require New York's combination gas and electrical utili- ties to create and implement 10-year storm hardening and system resili- ency plans.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Legislative findings. Section 2. Section 66 of the Public Service Law would be amended to require every combination gas and electrical utility corporation regu- lated by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to submit a storm hardening and system resiliency plan ("plan") that covers the immediate ten-year period to the PSC. Each plan shall explain the approach the corporation will follow to achieve mitigate restoration costs and reduce outage times associated with extreme weather events and enhancing reliability. The PSC shall adopt rules to specify the elements that must be included in a corporation's plan, and either approve or modify said plan within 11 months of submission based on statutory criteria, such as the esti- mated annual rate impact resulting from plan implementation. Each corpo- ration must file an updated storm plan with the PSC for approval at least every 5 years. Each corporation must file their most recently approved plan with each county in their respective service territories. The costs for implementing the plan may be recovered separately from such corporation's base rates as a separate annual charge, subject to approval by the PSC in an annual proceeding if the PSC determines such costs are fair, reasonable, and prudent. The PSC shall submit an annual report to the Governor and Legislature on the status of each subject corporation's storm protection activities. Section 3. This act shall take effect 180 days after becoming law. The PSC may promulgate any rules or regulates necessary for implementation of this act on or before the effective date.   DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE): N/A   JUSTIFICATION: Due to the rise in storm intensity, dedicated storm hardening programs need to be developed and implemented by electric utility companies throughout the State to reduce damage, restorations times, and costs from future weather events. Storm hardening is the process of construct- ing new, or upgrading old, infrastructure to increase resiliency and overall reliability of service during weather events. In 2018, Winter Storm Riley and Winter Storm Quinn greatly impacted New York's elec- trical distribution system with nearly 500,000 customers losing power. An investigation by the Department of Public Service recommended New York's major electrical utilities create and implement storm hardening and system resiliency plans by July 2019; however, the Public Service Commission has been unduly slow in their approval of submitted plan. In August 2020, Tropical Storm Isaias brought high winds, downed trees and widespread outages to much of the state; hundreds of thousands of customers in Long Island, New York City, Westchester and Rockland coun- ties experienced prolonged outages, some lasting more than a week. Legislative hearings following these storms made it clear that storm hardening efforts are needed to mitigate some of the impacts to the distribution infrastructure and customers. By requiring electrical util- ities to adopt and implement such hardening and resiliency plans and the Public Service Commission to approve such plans within a fixed timeline, New Yorkers will be better prepared to endure and recover from future extreme weather events.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect 180 days after becoming law. The PSC may promulgate any rules or regulates necessary for implementation of this act on or before the effective date.
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