ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEES ON ENERGY AND
CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The SFY 2013-2014 enacted budget expanded PSC oversight and enforcement authority over gas and electric companies to ensure greater compliance with Public Service Law, regulations and orders of the PSC. The legislation required enhanced storm preparation and response. Additionally, the legislation changed PSC's means of penalizing gas and electric corporations for violations of safety and reliability. Previously, PSC was required to petition a state court for recovery of penalties. Under the new structure, PSC is authorized to levy administrative penalties against utilities for violations. The oversight reforms also included enhanced management and operations audits of gas and electric corporations and electric generators. In enacting these enhanced powers, the Legislature was responding to previous weather events that left millions of New Yorkers without electricity for extended periods of time. This hearing will examine the PSC's implementation of regulations and orders necessary to carry out the reforms intended by this legislation.
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Oral testimony will be limited to 10 minutes' duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committees will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.
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