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  • Federal

    Federal

    Issues that affect Con Edison and its stakeholders at the federal level that the government relations team are currently engaged in or have recently followed...

    State of the Union

    In President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union (SOTU) address, he focused primarily on economic stability and America’s energy future.  He touted the positive turn the country has taken though reducing debt, increasing reliance on domestic energy resources and lowering unemployment.  The President also reiterated his commitment to act independently and take executive action to in order to move his priorities forward.  Read More

    White House Cybersecurity Directive

    On February 13, 2013, the White House unveiled President Obama’s Executive Order, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”. The Executive Order is designed to create a framework which encourages companies that own critical assets, such as power generation and distribution, to improve their security systems and procedures voluntarily. Read More

    Sandy Aid Becomes Law

    After a protracted battle over federal emergency assistance, legislation supporting victims of Superstorm Sandy was signed by the President on January 29th. The bill, H.R. 152, provides for $50.5 billion in Sandy-related aid. The money will be used for both immediate needs and long-term projects to mitigate impacts from future storms. In total, Congress has passed $60 billion in federal assistance for the region. Read More

    American Taxpayer Relief Act

    On January 1, Congress averted the so-called "fiscal cliff" by passing legislation to extend the majority of Bush-era tax cuts, delay automatic spending reductions for at least two months, and address a number of expiring tax and spending provisions. A summary of the bill as well as the full text are provided.  Read More

    LIHEAP

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides federal funding to help low-income natural gas customers who struggle with home heating and cooling bills. For Fiscal Year 2011, Congress has funded the program at $4.7 billion. The House of Representatives recently voted to drastically cut the program and the Obama Administration has proposed that funding be reduced to $2.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2012. Based on the Administration’s proposal New York State would see a cut of roughly $200 million. Read More

    Con Edison Smart Grid Initiatives

    Smart grid combines various technologies that modernize the electric grid, including self-healing capabilities. It also allows for a two-way flow of energy and information between customers and utilities that would ultimately decrease energy consumption and cost to the ratepayers. Read More

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  • State

    State

    Issues at the state level that the Con Edison Government Relations team are currently engaged in or have recently followed...

    NYS Legislature Concludes 2014 Legislative Session

    The New York State Legislature concluded its 2014 legislative session on June 20th, 2014 after passing a number of energy-related measures, approving a last minute agreement to legalize medical marijuana, and advancing a component of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan that would reduce the New York City speed limit to 25 miles per hour. Legislators now turn their attention to the campaign season as all seats in both houses of the legislature are up for election. Con Edison had several successes this session, including an expansion of joint bidding. Read More

    2014 - 2015 Executive Budget

    Governor Cuomo released his 2014-2015 Executive Budget today which proposes a $142 billion spending plan for the current fiscal year. The proposed budget has already been widely criticized as neglecting the needs of New York City  while favoring the upstate economy (largely manufacturing- and industrial-based) with a variety of targeted tax credits and economic development incentives.  Read More

    2014 State of the State

    Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth annual State of the State address January 8th, kicking off the 2014 Legislative Session.  2014 is an important election year for New York’s elected officials including Governor Cuomo who is seeking a second term. His speech outlined the achievements of Cuomo’s first term and set forth his policy agenda for the upcoming year.  Read More

    NYS Legislature Concludes 2013 Legislative Session

    The New York State Legislature concluded the 2013 regular legislative session in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22, taking action on several energy-related initiatives, including a wide-sweeping and controversial plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).  Before breaking for the summer, the legislature also approved a host of net metering changes and tax relief for out-of-state mutual assistance workers aiding in restoration efforts similar to Superstorm Sandy. Read More

    2013-2014 Executive Budget

    Governor Cuomo’s third Executive Budget proposal, released January 22, attempts to close an estimated $1.35 billion deficit for the 2103-2014 fiscal year. The overall $142.6 billion budget includes $6 billion from the federal government for post-Sandy relief and the start-up of the federal health care program. Read More

    2013 State of the State

    On January 9, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address which outlined his long and short-term policy agenda. This was the third address of the democratic Governor’s term and focused on Hurricane Sandy-related initiatives such as utility hardening, enhancing the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) authority, privatizing LIPA, increasing alternative local renewable power sources, and lowering the RGGI cap to use some of the proceeds to fund such initiatives. Read More

    Moreland Commission

    The Moreland Commission presented its preliminary findings and recommendations to Governor Cuomo on January 7, 2013. Governor Cuomo established the Moreland Commission following Hurricane Sandy in order to study utilities’ responses to recent major weather events and to provide recommendations on how to overhaul the regulatory structure to ensure the system is better able to handle emergencies going forward. Read More

    Champlain Hudson & NYS Energy Highway - State Senate Hearings

    A coalition of New York State legislators, along with the Independent Power Producers of New York (IPPNY) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is opposing the proposed construction of the Champlain Hudson Power Express (“CHPE”) project – a transmission line intended to bring up to 1,000 MW of hydropower from Canada to the New York metro area. Read More

    Prevailing Wage

    The state Senate and Assembly are considering legislation in Albany that would require electric and gas utilities to pay prevailing wages to all contracted service employees. It also makes the willful failure to file payroll records with the appropriate public agency a class E felony, and increases criminal penalties for failure to pay service work prevailing wages. Read More

    On-bill Financing

    Legislators have approved a bill creating a new "Article X" process for the siting of power plants in New York. The previous system expired more than eight years ago. The bill passed the Senate 59-3; the Assembly vote was 117-13. Read More

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  • City

    City

    Issues related to New York City that the Con Edison Government Relations team are currently engaged in or have recently followed...

    Council Approves $70B City Budget

    On June 23, 1013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council announced an agreement for an on-time, balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The budget  includes no tax increases, continues investments in essential City services, and allocates an additional $58 million to the New York City Housing Authority, filling some of the gap caused by Federal sequester cuts. Additionally, $250 million in City capital funds are set aside for resiliency measures to protect against climate change.  Read More 

    Paid Sick Leave

    On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the New York City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the “Earned Sick Time Act” (Intro. 97-A). The legislation, which grants paid sick leave to over a million employees within New York City, was originally vetoed by the Mayor in June on the basis that it would increase costs to employers, especially small businesses. The new law takes effect April 1, 2014. Read More 

    Cool Roofs

    Dark color roofs absorb heat and make our cooling systems work harder. Cool roof coatings reduce internal building temeperatures on hot days, reducing energy demand and costs, and improve the environment by reducing smog. Read More

    Class 3 & 4

    Con Edison is supporting a New York State Assembly bill (A.8926) to eliminate the separate utility properties’ tax category, Class 3, and combine it with Class 4, commercial and industrial properties, creating one class. (New York City has four property tax classes: Class 1 is for single-family homes; Class 2 is for apartment houses, Class 3 is utilities, Class 4 is commercial properties). Read More

    Oil to Gas Conversions

    Legislators have approved a bill creating a new "Article X" process for the siting of power plants in New York. The previous system expired more than eight years ago. The bill passed the Senate 59-3; the Assembly vote was 117-13. Read More

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  • Legislative Memos

    Legislative Memo

    Concerned about how pending legislation may affect you or the company? Legislative Memos in support or opposition can help clarify how government affects your life...

    P-Tech and STEM Funding

    As part of the 2014-15 Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo has proposed $5 million in funding to support the creation of 10 P-TECH schools in New York.  He also proposes the establishment of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program, which would provide a full tuition scholarship to any SUNY or CUNY school for the top 10 percent of high school graduates who are pursuing careers in STEM fields and commit to work in New York State for five years.

    These programs will better align education initiatives with employment needs by preparing students for jobs that are in demand.  Memo in Support

    18-a Repeal

    A.3494 (Calhoun): An act to immediately repeal part NN of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009, increasing the utility assessment cap and the minimum threshold for collection thereunder, and establishing a temporary state energy and utility service conservation assessment and providing for the collection thereof.

    Memo in Support

    S.7448 (Skelos): An act to accelerate the repeal of part NN of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009, increasing the utility assessment cap and the minimum threshold for collection thereunder, and establishing a temporary state energy and utility service conservation assessment and providing for the collection thereof.

    Memo in Support

    Diesel Generation

    A.1982 (Rosenthal): An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to restricting the operation of diesel powered electrical generation systems in areas identified as not meeting certain federal air quality standards for ozone (NYC).

    Memo in Opposition

    Prevailing Wage

    A.6970 (Wright)/S.3827 (Maziarz): An act to amend the labor law, in relation to enacting the “roadway excavation quality assurance act”.

    Memo in Opposition

    A.9375 (Camara)/S.7434 (Savino): An act to amend the labor law, in relation to prevailing wages for service workers.

    Memo in Opposition

    Solar

    A.9149-A (Englebright): An act to amend the public service law and the public authorities law, in relation to the creation of the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2012.

    Memo in Opposition

    Solar Tax Credits

    A.5522-B (Englebright)/S.3203-B (Maziarz): An act to amend the tax law, in relation to exempting the sale and installation of commercial solar energy systems equipment from state sales and compensating use taxes and granting municipalities the option to grant such exemption.

    Memo in Support

    Budget Bill

    Revenue Article VII (Part H): NY-SUN Initiative. Expands the sales and use tax exemption to cover solar energy systems installed on commercial properties, as well as the personal income tax credit to cover expenditures for the lease of solar energy equipment and purchases of power generated by such equipment.

    Memo in Support

    Wage Theft Prevention

    A.8856-A (Gabryszak)/S.6063-A (DeFrancisco): An act to amend the labor law, in relation to eliminating an employer's annual notice requirement.

    Memo in Support

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  • Issue Snapshots

    Issue Snapshots

    Want to learn more about an issue? Issue Snapshots provide concise descriptions of important issues facing Con Edison, including background information and the company’s position...

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    Cybersecurity

    As an operator of critical energy infrastructure, Con Edison recognizes first hand that it faces a heightened risk of cyber attack, and has an inherent interest in protecting its assets.  Con Edison operates a system that goes above and beyond current standards.  Read More

    Methane Emissions

    The focus on greenhouse gas emissions is not limited to carbon emissions from power plants.  New attention is being given to methane emissions from the natural gas supply chain.   Although methane is a short-lived pollutant, it traps much more heat in the atmosphere than carbon.  Read More

    The Pipeline Safety Act

    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and its pipeline safety authority reside primarily within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), although its inspection and enforcement activities rely heavily upon partnerships with state pipeline safety agencies. PHMSA creates and sets national safety standards and delegates that authority (along with some funding) to the state commissions.  Read More

    Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

    The United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) is built on the foundation provided in the President’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future and his Climate Action Plan.  The QER is intended to study the opportunities and challenges that our energy infrastructure faces as a result of transformations in energy supply, markets, and use.  Read More

    Tax Reform

    Passed in January 2013, The American Taxpayer Relief Act (also known as the “Fiscal Cliff Deal”) made some permanent changes to the tax code, such as establishing the maximum dividend tax rate of 20%, but for the most part, the legislation was a temporary fix.  President Obama and Congress still have a number of issues to address to keep the economy moving forward, all of which have the potential to slow the economy if not managed well.  Read More

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    18-a

    Section 18-a of the Public Service Law authorizes an assessment on utility bills to fund the operations of energy-related agencies and authorities such as the Department of Public Service (DPS) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). All energy customers pay the assessment through their utility bills.  Read More

    Consumer Advocacy

    Legislation is pending that would create a new Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate to represent residential utility consumer interests in proceedings before entities such as the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Read More

    Gas Safety

    The lead bill on gas safety classifies different types of gas leaks and sets forth a timeline for repairs. These requirements are generally consistent with current regulations. Utilities would be required to submit annual reports on the status of all leaks to the PSC. Upon request, the reports would also be provided to any legislator and municipal or state public safety official. Finally, the PSC is authorized to establish minimum surveillance standards. As part of these efforts, the PSC would need to determine whether the presence of extended frost cap conditions requires additional surveillance. Read More

    Net Metering

    Net metering allows electric utility customers who install certain energy systems on their property (solar, wind, CHP, etc.) to receive a credit for both energy supply and delivery charges at retail rates for excess power provided to the utility when their systems produce more electricity than they need. Net metering customers, or customer-generators, remain connected to the grid in order to deliver the excess power back to the utility to supplement their power needs and to take power from the grid when their generating systems are not producing energy.  Read More

    Polar Vortex

    Last winter saw some of the largest electricity supply price increases in recent memory, ranging from 15% to more than 60% across the state. In response to growing pressure from concerned constituents who struggled to pay their utility bills, legislators were eager to advance proposals that would address the situation.  Read More

    Prevailing Wage

    Two similar bills are pending before the Legislature which would require the payment of prevailing wages for certain utility contractors and subcontractors.  Read More

    Radon Mitigation

    Radon is and invisible, odorless, and tasteless substance found in natural gas which dissipates over time.

    The alleged health impacts of radon in natural gas have been emphasized by opponents of the Spectra Pipeline which transports hydrofracked natural gas from Pennsylvania and Ohio to the West Village.  Read More

    Real Property Taxes

    Con Edison pays approximately $1.4 billion annually in real property taxes. These costs are paid by Con Edison customers through their utility bills.

    Several bills are pending in the State Legislature that would address Con Edison’s real property tax liability.  Read More

     

     

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  • Resources

    Resources

    Con Edison Voter and Election Website, Glossary, Federal, New York State and New York City Government Pages, and other resources for Grassroots Advocates...

    How a Bill Becomes a Law

    The United States Constitution, provides that: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” Therefore, the primary function of Congress is the making of laws. There are a number of steps in the federal legislative process. Congressional action can take one of four principal forms: bills, joint resolution, concurrent resolution and the simple resolution. Read More

    Glossary

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    Voter & Election Resources

    Visit the get out and vote site and find out what’s at stake in 2012. Read More

    U.S. Senate

    Access to the web pages of all 100 U.S. Senators, Senate Committees, and other related information. Read More

    U.S. House

    Access to the web pages of all 435 U.S. House Members, House Committees and other related information. Read More

    New York State Senate

    Access to the web pages of all 62 New York State Senate Members, State Senate Committees and other related information. Read More

    New York State Assembly

    Access to the web pages of all 150 New York State Assembly Members, State Assembly Committees and other related information. Read More

    New York City Council

    Access to the web pages of all 51 New York City Council Members, City Council Committees and other related information. Read More

    U.S. Government Structure

    blah blah blah. Read More

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