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Governor Paterson Signs Three Bills To Advance Clean Energy Agenda And Forty-Five Other Bills Into Law

Originally Posted: July 22, 2010


Albany - Governor David A. Paterson announced that he has signed into law three bills that were put forth by his Administration to advance the development of the clean energy economy. The bills expand the consumer appliances for which the Department of State has the authority to set energy efficiency standards; allow natural gas utilities to implement on-bill recovery programs for their customers that make energy efficiency investments; and expand the definition of alternate energy production facilities to include kinetic energy storage devices to facilitate their siting and support of utility-scale renewable energy projects.

"Advancement of the clean energy economy can help meet a number of my objectives, from creating new industries and jobs for New Yorkers, to improving energy efficiency and enhancing the energy security of the State," Governor Paterson said. "Passage of these three bills represents another step forward in development of the new economy. I commend the Legislature for working with me on these joint goals and passing these important pieces of clean energy legislation."

The appliance standards Governor's Program Bill No. 238 (S.8070 (Squadron)/A.10881 (Rosenthal) authorizes the Secretary of State, in consultation with the President of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to establish energy efficiency performance standards for portable light fixtures, bottle-type water dispensers, commercial hot food holding cabinets, portable electric spas and residential pool pumps. The impact of setting these energy standards will be a reduction in electricity consumption and furtherance of progress towards the State's '45 by 15' clean energy goal to have 45 percent of the State's electricity needs met with clean energy by 2015. Additionally, reductions in electricity consumption, such as improving the energy efficiency of consumer products, has been shown to put downward pressure on wholesale electricity rates and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

The gas on-bill recovery Department of Public Service (DPS) departmental bill (S.3712 (Parker)/A.7736 (John) will help encourage consumers to invest in energy efficiency measures by making it easy for consumers to repay loans associated with the installation of such measures. This bill will give gas utility companies the authorization to provide easy loan repayment by allowing their customers to repay the efficiency loan through their utility bill.

The energy storage DPS departmental bill (S.7145 (Aubertine)/A.10216 (Cahill) adds kinetic energy storage devices (flywheels and compressed air storage) to the alternate energy production facility definition, thereby exempting those projects of less than 80 megawatts capacity from Public Service Commission jurisdiction. This will help to reduce the regulatory burden on these technologies which can allow for the utilization of renewable energy produced during off-peak times and can improve the efficiency of the State's electric system.




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