N.Y. Public Service Law Section 141
Board certificate


On or after January first, nineteen hundred seventy-nine, no person shall commence the preparation of a site for, or begin the construction of a major steam electric generating facility in the state without having first obtained a certificate issued with respect to such facility by the board. Any such facility with respect to which a certificate is issued shall not thereafter be built, maintained or operated except in conformity with such certificate and any terms, limitations or conditions contained therein, provided that nothing herein shall exempt such facility from compliance with state law and regulations thereunder subsequently adopted or with municipal laws and regulations thereunder not inconsistent with the provisions of such certificate. A certificate for a major steam electric generating facility may be issued only pursuant to this article.


A certificate may be transferred, subject to the approval of the board, to a person who agrees to comply with the terms, limitations and conditions contained therein.


A certificate issued hereunder may be amended as herein provided.


This article shall not apply:


To a major steam electric generating facility if, on or before December thirty-first, nineteen hundred seventy-eight, an application has been made for a license, permit, certificate, consent or approval from any federal, state or local commission, agency, board or regulatory body, in which application the location of the major steam electric generating facility has been designated by the applicant; or if the facility is under construction at such time;


To a major steam electric generating facility over which any agency or department of the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction, or has jurisdiction concurrent with that of the state and has exercised such jurisdiction, to the exclusion of regulation of the facility by the state;


To normal repairs, replacements, modifications, and improvements of a major steam electric generating facility, whenever built, which do not constitute a violation of any certificate issued under this article and which do not result in an increase in capacity of the facility of more than fifty thousand kilowatts; or


To a major steam electric generating facility (i) constructed on lands dedicated to industrial uses, (ii) the output of which shall be used solely for industrial purposes, on the premises, and


the generating capacity of which does not exceed two hundred thousand kilowatts.


To a major steam electric generating facility which is constructed by the Multi-Town Solid Waste Management Authority, having an electric generating capacity not exceeding one hundred megawatts, or a facility (i) which generates over fifty percent of its electricity from the combustion of solid waste or from fuel derived from solid waste and (ii) which has an electric generating capacity which does not exceed eighty megawatts.


Any person intending to construct a major steam electric generating facility excluded from this article pursuant to subdivision four of this section may elect to waive such exclusion by delivering notice of such waiver to the chairman of the board. This article shall thereafter apply to each major steam electric generating facility identified in such notice from the date of its receipt by the chairman of the board. * NB Expired January 1, 1989 * NB Operative with regard to applications filed on or before December 31, 1988 * NB There are 2 § 141’s

Source: Section 141 — Board certificate, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/PBS/141 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

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