Bill Text: NY S02352 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Directs the state energy planning board to conduct a study of the technical and economic feasibility of a one hundred percent renewable energy system and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-20 - COMMITTED TO RULES [S02352 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02352-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         2352--B
            Cal. No. 170

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                    IN SENATE

                                    January 24, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER, BIAGGI, BRESLIN, COMRIE, FUNKE, HARCKHAM,
          SAVINO, THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed  to
          be  committed  to  the  Committee  on Energy and Telecommunications --
          committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as  amended  and
          recommitted  to said committee -- reported favorably from said commit-
          tee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a  third  reading,
          amended  and  ordered  reprinted,  retaining its place in the order of
          third reading

        AN ACT to amend the energy law, in relation to directing the state ener-
          gy planning board to conduct a study of  the  technical  and  economic
          feasibility  of  a  one  hundred percent renewable energy system and a
          reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. The energy law is amended by adding a new section 6-110 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 6-110. Supplemental study on the technical and economic  feasibility
     4  of  a  one  hundred  percent  renewable energy system and a reduction in
     5  greenhouse gas emissions. 1. On or before September first, two  thousand
     6  twenty,  and  every  four  years thereafter, the board shall publish and
     7  update a comprehensive study to determine  the  technical  and  economic
     8  feasibility of meeting the following goals:
     9    (a)  one  hundred  percent  of  the  electricity consumed in the state
    10  generated by renewable energy resources by the year two thousand thirty,
    11  and, alternatively, the year two thousand fifty.
    12    (b) reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all  anthropogenic  sources
    13  one  hundred percent below the levels of greenhouse gas emissions in the
    14  year nineteen hundred ninety by the year two  thousand  fifty,  with  an
    15  incremental  target  of at least a fifty percent reduction in greenhouse
    16  gas emissions below the levels of greenhouse gas emissions in  the  year
    17  nineteen hundred ninety by the year two thousand thirty.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06924-11-9

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     1    2.  Such  study  shall include, at a minimum, an assessment of each of
     2  the following:
     3    (a)  the  timing,  costs, economic impacts, and feasibility associated
     4  with pathways to meet these goals. In terms of the evaluation of  costs,
     5  the study shall:
     6    (i) evaluate, using the best available economic models, emission esti-
     7  mation  techniques  and  other  scientific  methods, the total potential
     8  costs and potential economic and non-economic benefits of meeting  these
     9  goals;
    10    (ii)  evaluate the economic impact of meeting the goals on the state's
    11  businesses, jobs, ratepayers and residents assuming:
    12    (A) the renewable and greenhouse gas emissions goals of  other  states
    13  and  regions  in the United States are at least fifty percent lower than
    14  New York state's goals;
    15    (B) the renewable and greenhouse gas emissions goals of  other  states
    16  and regions in the United States are as those in place as of the date of
    17  the study;
    18    (C) the existence of technology in place as of the date of the study.
    19    (b) the technical and cost impact on maintaining electric system reli-
    20  ability,  including but not limited to, the need for and type of back-up
    21  power supplies and of energy storage systems to maintain electric system
    22  reliability.
    23    (c) the short-term and long-term actions to feasibly  meet  the  goals
    24  across  all  economic sectors, including industry, transportation, agri-
    25  culture, building construction and energy production, including:
    26    (i) an analysis  of  the  anticipated  emission  reductions,  and  the
    27  economic implications thereof, as a result of each action.
    28    (ii) identification of the anticipated life-cycle implications, conse-
    29  quences,  benefits  and  costs  of  implementing  each action, including
    30  implications, consequences, benefits and costs to New York state,  local
    31  governments, businesses, ratepayers and residents from implementation of
    32  each action.
    33    (d) estimated timelines for considering and implementing such actions.
    34    (e)  exploration of various renewable technology and energy efficiency
    35  deployment scenarios.
    36    (f) a requirement for any new vehicles sold in the state to be powered
    37  by electricity generated by renewable energy resources or  otherwise  to
    38  be free of emissions.
    39    (g)  proposals  for  new structures constructed in the state to be net
    40  zero emission structures.
    41    (h) transition to renewable heating and cooling provided by heat pumps
    42  powered by renewable energy resources or other means  resulting  in  net
    43  zero emissions.
    44    (i)  the  economic  and  social  benefits  of greenhouse gas emissions
    45  reductions, taking into account the federal social cost of  carbon,  any
    46  other tools that the board deems useful and pertinent for this analysis,
    47  and  any  environmental, economic and public health co-benefits (such as
    48  the reduction of co-pollutants and the diversification of energy  sourc-
    49  es).
    50    3.  Such  study  shall  build  upon  relevant expertise already at the
    51  board's disposal.
    52    4. The board  may  contract  with  an  independent  and  competitively
    53  selected contractor to undertake such study.
    54    5.  The  board,  and  any contractors it may retain for such purposes,
    55  shall consult with entities that have resources and expertise to  assist
    56  in  such  study, including, but not limited to, academic partners, elec-

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     1  tric corporations, electricity  generating  companies,  trade  organiza-
     2  tions, environmental justice groups, and other stakeholders.
     3    6.  The  board  shall  prepare a report on such study's findings.  The
     4  board shall transmit such report along with the study to  the  governor,
     5  the  speaker of the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the
     6  chair of the assembly energy committee, and  the  chair  of  the  senate
     7  energy  and telecommunications committee no later than thirty days after
     8  the study's completion.
     9    7. The Long Island power authority and  the  power  authority  of  the
    10  state  of  New  York are authorized, as deemed feasible and advisable by
    11  their respective boards, to make a  voluntary  contribution  toward  the
    12  study.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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