week of Apr. 8, 2019

Get ready for a busy schedule with the EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up, Maine regulators brace for opposition following their endorsement of Avangrid's transmission line; Georgia commission staff prepares for an unprecedented number of major proceedings and rate cases from the state's major utilities; the American Wind Energy Association will publish its flagship report on the nation's wind energy industry.

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Monday,
April 8
DOE Energy Sector Hydrogen Uses Deadline

The U.S. Energy Department is due to receive concept papers for its H2@Scale Initiative, which is focused on wide-scale hydrogen production and utilization across multiple energy sectors to support resilience in power generation and transmission. The department said that producing hydrogen when electricity generation exceeds demand can help reduce curtailment of renewables and support grid stability. READ MORE

Tuesday,
April 9
AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report

The American Wind Energy Association will publish its annual market report for 2018, providing a comprehensive look at the U.S. wind energy industry, including wind projects, wind turbine and component manufacturing, market rankings and key industry players.

Tuesday,
April 9
EIA U.S. Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its Short-Term Energy Outlook report, providing a forecast of energy supply, demand, and prices. Among other recent trends, strong international demand for coal, particularly in Asia, has provided relief for U.S. coal producers reeling from the effects of the shale revolution, which has led to national coal consumption declining every year since 2008.

Tuesday,
April 9
U.S. Congress Environmental Protection Agency Budget

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Andrew Wheeler will testify in front of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding the agency’s budget for fiscal year 2020. The so-called Annual Performance Plan and Budget of about $6 billion represents a $2.76 billion, or 31 percent reduction from last year.

Tuesday,
April 9
U.S. Congress Puerto Rico Grid Rebuilding Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will hear updates on the restoration of Puerto Rico’s power grid. Hurricanes Maria and Irma destroyed the island’s electric system in September, leading to extraordinarily long and widespread outages as well as a regulatory push towards grid resilience and distributed generation.

Thursday,
April 11
U.S. Congress Energy Innovation, Climate Change Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will discuss innovation in the energy sector that can help fight climate change. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska and chairman of the committee, has expressed concern about the impacts of climate change on her home state and demonstrated willingness to work with Democrats on new energy bills that address the issue.

Eastern Region

Monday,
April 8
GA PSC Georgia Power Company Resource Plan Hearing

The Georgia Public Service Commission will discuss Georgia Power Company’s integrated resource plan. The utility wants to close four of its coal generation units and procure up to 1 gigawatts of new renewable resources, which would increase the company’s renewable capacity by 18 percent by 2024. The plan includes energy-saving programs designed to help reduce peak demand approximately 1.6 gigawatts by 2022, which is 10 percent of the company’s current peak demand. READ MORE

Monday,
April 8
ME PUC Clean Energy Connect Deadline

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive comments on a report it issued recommending approval of Avangrid Networks Inc.’s $1-billion New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line, a project designed to import up to 1,200-megawatts of supplies of Canadian hydropower into the Northeast. The project emerged as the sole winner of a long-term contract with Massachusetts to supply renewable electricity to meet the state’s energy goals after the rival Northern Pass power line failed to secure state construction permits. Avangrid is owned by Iberdrola SA. 2017-00232

Western Region

Monday,
April 8
MI PSC Consumers Energy Resource Plan Deadline

The Michigan Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on a settlement agreement regarding Consumers Energy Company’s integrated resource plan. It calls for a boost to renewable energy from the current 11 percent to 37 percent by 2030 and 43 percent by 2040, as well as an end to coal use by 2040. The plan would add 550 megawatts of wind to reach Michigan’s 15 percent renewable energy standard by 2021, and 5,000 megawatts of solar with a ramp-up throughout the 2020s to prepare for the retirement of the coal plants. Demand response, energy efficiency, battery storage, and grid modernization tools will help meet energy and capacity needs. READ MORE

Friday,
April 12
MO PSC Grain Belt Express Acquisition Statements

Stakeholders will weigh in on Invenergy Transmission LLC’s bid to acquire ownership of the $2.3 billion Grain Belt Express Clean Line from Clean Line Energy Partners LLC. The Missouri Public Service Commission unanimously approved the project on March 20 and is now reviewing the acquisition. The 780-mile interstate electrical transmission line is designed to deliver about 4,000 megawatts of wind-generated energy from western Kansas to Missouri and other states farther east. EM-2019-0150

International

Thursday,
April 11
IEA International Oil Market Report

The International Energy Agency will release its closely watched report on U.S. and foreign oil markets, covering supply, demand and prices. U.S. shale oil production, which became the more common form of oil extraction in 2015, will continue to grow through 2030, ultimately reaching more than 10 million barrels per day compared to 2018’s 6.5 million. Previous Report

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