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A02464 Summary:

BILL NOA02464A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04178-A
 
SPONSORDinowitz
 
COSPNSRGottfried, Galef, Rosenthal D, Zebrowski, Abinanti, Ramos, Simon, Reyes, Dickens, Solages, Lavine, Fahy, Cymbrowitz, Griffin, Thiele, Barron, Eichenstein, Englebright, Otis, Seawright, Rozic, Frontus, Montesano, DeStefano, McDonough
 
MLTSPNSR
 
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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A02464 Actions:

BILL NOA02464A
 
01/19/2021referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
03/11/2021amend (t) and recommit to corporations, authorities and commissions
03/11/2021print number 2464a
03/16/2021reported referred to codes
03/24/2021reported referred to ways and means
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A02464 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2464A
 
SPONSOR: Dinowitz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to customers with life-saving equipment during a service disruption   PURPOSE: This bill would require electric corporations to set minimum require- ments for customers with life-saving equipment during an electric service disruption. It would also require electric corporations to establish a unique priority phone number, operated 24/7, in order to provide customers with life-saving equipment information regarding elec- tric service disruptions.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the unconsolidated law to require the public service commission to commence a proceeding to, in the event of an electric service disruption, require electric corporations to provide backup generators to customers with life-saving equipment; or provide temporary lodging accommodations to customers with life-saving equipment; and prioritize electric service restoration to customers with life-saving equipment. Upon adoption, each electric corporation shall be required to incorporate such requirements into its emergency response plan and inform its customers of such information via posts on its website, e-mail and bill inserts. Section two adds a new section 65-c to public service law to require electric corporations to establish a unique priority phone number that shall remain in operation every day of the year for customers with life- saving equipment. Such customers shall be able to call such number at any time to: register as a customers who use life support systems; receive information regarding a storm, storm-like electric emergency; report an outage; receive updated information regarding the estimated time of restoration; receive outage safety precautions; receive informa- tion regarding restoration prioritization, backup generators, or compen- sation for lodging; and receive additionally specified information. Section three sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lost power in the summer of 2020 as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias, with many disruptions lasting multi- ple days. Infrastructure of various utilities across multiple service areas was affected. While thousands were left without power, the impli- cations were life-or-death for those who rely on electricity to power devices that keep them alive. These individuals cannot afford to go without power. Electric corporations should be required to provide them with a baseline level of accommodations. This bill would require electric corporations to set minimum require- ments for customers with life-saving equipment during an electric service disruption. It would also require electric corporations to establish a unique priority phone number to provide customers with life- saving equipment information regarding electric service disruptions and services they are entitled to.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20 - A.11056 - referred to corporations, authorities and commis- sions / S.9091 REFERRED TO RULES   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A02464 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                         2464--A
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 19, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ, GOTTFRIED, GALEF, D. ROSENTHAL, ZEBROW-
          SKI,  ABINANTI,  RAMOS,  SIMON, REYES, DICKENS, SOLAGES, LAVINE, FAHY,
          CYMBROWITZ, GRIFFIN, THIELE, BARRON, EICHENSTEIN,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  OTIS,
          SEAWRIGHT,  ROZIC,  FRONTUS,  MONTESANO,  DeSTEFANO, McDONOUGH -- read
          once and referred to the Committee on  Corporations,  Authorities  and
          Commissions  --  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.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05773-04-1

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     1    b.  Upon  adoption  by the commission, each electric corporation shall
     2  incorporate the established  minimum  requirements  into  its  emergency
     3  response  plan  pursuant  to  subdivision 21 of section 66 of the public
     4  service law and shall inform its customers of such information via posts
     5  on its website, e-mail and bill inserts.
     6    § 2. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 65-c to
     7  read as follows:
     8    §  65-c.  Customers  with life-saving equipment.   1. Definitions. For
     9  purposes of this section:
    10    "customer with life-saving equipment" shall have the same meaning as a
    11  person living in a residence that uses a life support system as  defined
    12  in subdivision twelve of section sixty-five of this article.
    13    2.  Customers  with  life-saving  equipment. (a) Electric corporations
    14  shall establish a unique priority phone  number  that  shall  remain  in
    15  operation  every  day  of the year for customers with life-saving equip-
    16  ment.
    17    (b)Information regarding such phone number shall be provided  in  bill
    18  inserts,  via  e-mail, and posted on electric corporations' websites and
    19  shall include reminders for existing customers with  life-saving  equip-
    20  ment  to  call  such number to ensure they are still registered with the
    21  electric corporation as a customer with life-saving equipment.
    22    (c) Customers with life-saving equipment shall be able  to  call  such
    23  number  established  by  paragraph  (a) of this subdivision at any time,
    24  including a time preceding or during an electric service disruption to:
    25    i. register with an electric corporation so as to  be  placed  on  its
    26  current  list  of  customers  who  use  life support systems pursuant to
    27  subdivision twelve of section sixty-five of this article;
    28    ii. receive information or projections regarding  the  severity  of  a
    29  storm, storm-like electric emergency or system emergency, if applicable;
    30    iii.  report  an  outage  or  receive instructions on how to report an
    31  outage;
    32    iv. receive updated information regarding the estimated time of resto-
    33  ration, including website links to  outage  maps  updated  every  thirty
    34  minutes, if applicable;
    35    v.  receive  outage  safety precautions, including but not limited to:
    36  storm survival without  electric  power,  safety  precautions  regarding
    37  electrical  hazards such as downed wires and the use of portable genera-
    38  tors;
    39    vi. receive information regarding dry ice distribution, if applicable;
    40    vii. receive information regarding power charging locations, if appli-
    41  cable;
    42    viii. receive information regarding cooling locations, if applicable;
    43    ix. receive information regarding the claims process for spoiled  food
    44  and medication, if applicable;
    45    x.  receive  potential  information  adopted  pursuant to a rulemaking
    46  proceeding commenced by the commission regarding restoration prioritiza-
    47  tion, backup generators, or compensation for lodging in the event of  an
    48  electric service disruption for customers with life-saving equipment, if
    49  applicable; and
    50    xi.  receive  information regarding the facilitation of transportation
    51  to the nearest hospital or facility that is capable  of  powering  life-
    52  saving equipment, if applicable.
    53    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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