Enacts "the planned offshore wind transmission act"; requires the New York state energy and research development authority to establish a plan for improved transmission planning and coordinating systems for an offshore grid; requires the authority conduct a benefit-cost-analysis and ratepayer impact study to determine the overall costs of implementing planned transmission and coordinated systems for an offshore grid.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A7764
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to enacting "the
planned offshore wind transmission act"
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of this bill adds a new section 1885 to the public authori-
ties ies law,enacting the "planned offshore wind transmission act"
Section four of this bill authorizes the City of Long Beach, acting
through its governing body, to discontinue the use of parklands and
alienate the lands for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and
operating a subterranean conduit and electrical distribution cable
system, together with subterranean transition joint bays and link boxes,
and appurtenances thereto.
In 2019, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act was signed
into law, requiring that New York reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas
emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and by no less than 85
percent by 2050. In addition, the law requires 9,000 megawatt (MW) of
offshore wind development by 2035. In anticipation that the state's
mandated offshore wind goal will increase, improved planning and coordi-
nation is needed to reduce costs and minimize community and environ-
mental impacts of offshore wind expansion in New York state.
The Planned. Offshore Wind Transmission Act finds and declares that the
state's planned offshore wind projects are essential to meeting its goal
of reducing economy-wide greenhouse emissions established by the Climate
Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019. The legislation estab-
lishes a plan for improved transmission planning and coordination
systems for an offshore grid.
Section four of this legislation was requested by the City of Long
Beach, to authorize the City to alienate parcels of parkland for the
construction, maintenance, and operation of a subterranean conduit and
electrical distribution cable system, together with subterranean transi-
tion joint bays and link boxes associated with an offshore wind energy
facility. A portion of the alienated parkland will be restored and
returned to the City for park purposes after construction is completed.
This act shall take effect immediately.