Legislative Memos

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10:36 AM
We strongly oppose A.1466-B (Carroll) / S.6453-A (Parker). This legislation would, among other provisions, significantly expand the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) ability to acquire, develop, own, and operate existing and new renewable electric generating facilities and energy storage in this State. The bill is unnecessary and would undermine the current, successful model, which relies on renewable energy and energy storage companies - big and small - to develop these projects to meet New York's energy goals and the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and to grow the State’s clean energy economy. The legislation also would not provide revenues to local communities, as NYPA does not pay taxes.
Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:49 AM
IPPNY opposes S.4371-C (Biaggi) / A.6150-A (Septimo). The requirements of this legislation are unnecessary, overly broad, and redundant, given that power plant owners already monitor and report their stack emissions to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Those emissions are below minimum health risk standards.
Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:38 AM
IPPNY opposes S.4162 (Harckham) / A.6652 (Englebright). This legislation is identical to the bill that was rejected by Veto #60 of 2020, due to “tremendous fiscal impact to state and local governments.” The bill would lead to delays that would jeopardize the thorough and necessary review of projects because of the doubling of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) workload to review, issue and enforce permits. The Veto Message also states that oversight over the involved streams already is being done by the State’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts, who will continue to ensure adequate environmental controls for these streams.
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 9:45 AM
IPPNY supports S.8343 (Sanders) / A.9275 (Vanel). This legislation would help the State identify ways to enhance the ability of energy intensive businesses to comply with the emission reduction requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan includes a provision for the State to find ways to aid energy intensive businesses to meet the CLCPA’s targets.
Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 11:03 AM
We strongly oppose S.8384 (Parker) / A.9531 (Cusick). This bill would allow utility ownership of renewable generation, in contravention of over 25 years of New York State energy policy that shields electricity ratepayers from the risk of project development. Re-exposing ratepayers to this risk is not in the public interest, especially given rising energy costs. Having utilities build renewables and charge the full cost to ratepayers will not help achieve the targets of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) any faster or cheaper, partly because utilities cannot get through the Renewable Energy Siting Law (Executive Law Section 94-c) process any quicker than private independent power producers (IPP), as everyone needs to follow the same requirements for environmental review.
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 11:00 AM
IPPNY supports S.5579-A (Parker) similar to A.3904 (Cusick). This legislation would enhance protection of critical infrastructure, such as power plants, from cyberattacks. Among other provisions, the bill would amend existing law on the power and duties of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and it would add cyberattacks to the list of parameters for which an assessment of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure (including, but not limited to, power plants and now, under the legislation, industrial control systems) would be done and for which protective strategies would be developed.
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 10:53 AM
IPPNY supports S.8327-A (Kennedy)/ A.3768-A (Cusick). The bill would add fuel-flexible linear electric generating equipment to the provisions of the Net Metering Program and within the definition of alternate energy production facility in the Public Service Law. New York previously has provided parity-recognition for this technology relative to similarly beneficial clean energy alternatives by updating State law to add fuel-flexible linear generators to the list of equipment eligible for Sales Tax and Real Property Tax relief.
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 3:53 PM
IPPNY opposes A.7389-C (Kelles) / S.6486-D (Parker). This bill would impose a two-year ban on the issuance and renewal of permits for fossil-fueled power plants involved with supplying “behind-the-meter” electricity to certain types of cryptocurrency mining operations, even though the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) already enforces permit requirements. This bill is also inconsistent with the Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan in that it sends a negative investment signal in business activity based upon energy use, even though associated emissions and impacts already are required to be controlled under State law.
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 12:20 PM
IPPNY supports S.7027 (Parker) / A.8096 (Cusick). This bill would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) to remedy its Competitive Tier 2 Program for existing eligible renewable energy facilities so that it is structured in a way that best ensures the ongoing benefits of those facilities for New York State and the economies of their host communities.
Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 4:28 PM
IPPNY supports S.3108 (Parker). This bill would help foster private sector investment in clean energy technologies to reach the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s target of a zero-emissions power system by 2040. The legislation would also help to maintain electric system reliability as the State’s economy transitions to electrification. Those technologies must be significant in capacity and able to operate continuously and flexibly over many hours or days. The bill would send a market signal for needed technologies to be commercially available and cost-effective.