New York Governor Signs Into Law Power NY Act, Mandating Solar Study


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has signed into law the Power NY Act of 2011, which reinstates New York's statewide power plant siting law, known as Article X.

The Power NY Act also establishes an on-bill recovery mechanism for the Green Jobs/Green New York program and requires the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to prepare a study analyzing ways to increase the deployment of solar power in New York, according to the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY).

New York's previous Article X law, which expired on Jan. 1, 2003, allowed for the siting of ‘major’ electric generating facilities (i.e., facilities sized 80 MW or larger) and was overseen by a multi-agency siting board that included public representatives.

The Power NY Act renews the previous law and amends it to provide siting oversight for power plants in excess of 25 MW of energy, while also including strong protections for public participation, community impacts and air-quality effects, ACE NY says.

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