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Carlucci Proposes Bill Requiring Generators For Gas Stations

The state senator thinks it could help with long lines after storms in the future

After nearly a week of long lines at gas stations, State Sen. David Carlucci is getting ready to introduce legislation that will require gas stations to have electric generators on site so they can continue to run after storms even if the power is knocked out.

“In this day and age we need to work our way off of gas, but obviously, 99 percent of people depend on gas for their everyday lives,” Carlucci said Sunday. “So we’ve got to meet the needs of today and make sure that we can stop these problems from happening in the future.”

Carlucci added that in addition to making owners have generators, the bill would give owners incentives and tax credits for doing so, with even further reductions for owners who find renewable sources of energy to power those generators. The legislation calls for a tax credit of 50 percent for the purchase and installation not to exceed $2,500.

Carlucci said after seeing long lines throughout Rockland after the storm, he started researching to see how other states that get hit by hurricanes and heavy storms deal with potential gas station power outages and found out New York state is behind in such dealings. Carlucci’s proposed bill is based on a similar one from Florida that passed in 2007.

The legislation applies to self-serve and full-serve gas stations either on their own grounds or located on the grounds of another business.

According to a press release sent out, the bill would require:

  • Each terminal facility and wholesaler while sells gas to be able to operate for up to 72 hours using an electric generator and to have generator source power available no later than 24 hours after a major disaster.
  • Each newly constructed or heavily renovated gas station given a certification of occupancy listed on or after July 1, 2013 to be able to operate all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, life safety systems and payment acceptance equipment using an alternative generated power source.
  • Each gas station located within a half mile of an interstate highway or or state/federally designated evacuation route to operate all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, life safety systems and payment acceptance equipment using an alternative generated power source.
  • Each gas station to have a professional electrical contractor install a transfer switch and keep a copy of the documentation of the installation at its site or corporate headquarters, as well as keep a written statement stating that they have done testing and have ensured that the equipment is working.
stephany November 05, 2012 at 07:53 PM
besides he is basically copying Fla law, now if he had done this the last time it happened that might be something to talk about
stephany November 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
which part of any of my comments on this article do you associate with me being mad at the world. please be as specific as possible
dave November 06, 2012 at 08:20 AM
How about govt stop mandating what private business should do. We wouldn't have a gas shortage if the govt would've allowed free flow of gas across state lines. There would have been plenty of gas coming in from other states if the govt would allow markets to work properly by letting prices temporarily rise in Ny/Nj and within days outside companies would have had gas here and soon enough demand would've been met and prices would fall again, and why wasn't it a top priority to reopen after the storm. It really helped that the the feds turned away foreign ships carrying gas because of stupid licensing laws. Giving out free gas just exemplifies govts non-sensical approach to problems. Maybe Carlucci should propose a bill requiring elected officials to take at least one year in basic economics. Stay out of free markets and stop making unnecessary regulations.
dave November 06, 2012 at 08:28 AM
if you think it is such a great idea why dont we mandate that supermarkets have a generator and everyone have generators and how about a govt mandate that everyone have a months worth of food and while we are creating govt mandates why not force everyone to wear a Mao suit Stop telling people and companies how to operate its called capitalism ; free markets. if you want to open a gas station with or without a generator that is up to you
Mark in SP November 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Anyone who thinks this is a good idea needs to think again. This was a storm that occurs about every 100 years. In my 35 years of driving there has NEVER before been a gas shortage due to widespread power outage in this area. NEVER! You are proposing to inflict substantial costs onto business owners and consumers to alleviate a situation that probably won't occur for another 100 years! And you are going to spend taxpayers money to do it. Just because Florida has a similar law doesn't mean it's a good idea for us. How many times since the law was enacted in Florida has it made a difference. Unless a power outage is widespread and of extended duration such as that caused by Sandy, the need for every gas station to have a generator is not warranted. This is a knee-jerk reaction to a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Think about this some more Sen. Carlucci, and then just drop it!

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