Lessons learned after Hurricane Sandy are sparking changes in how the state deals with local power companies.
Utilities doing business in New York now have to submit a detailed emergency response plan to the state's Public Service Commission.
That plan has to include ways to improve response times and restore service after outages.
The state will also require the utilities to improve communication between field crews and local authorities.
These are in line with recommendations set by the Moreland Commission, which investigated the much-criticized response to Hurricane Sandy and other storms by companies like Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority.
The plans are due on December 15 and will have to be resubmitted every year.