week of Apr. 1, 2019

Welcome back to the EnerKnol Week Ahead! Coming up next week, the New England grid operator's energy storage market rules come into effect; Trump's modest EPA budget is scrutinized by Congress; Ohio pushes for grid modernization with its PowerForward plan. All this and more powered by the EnerKnol Platform.

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California PUC

CAISO

DOE

ISO New England

Ohio PUCO

U.S. Congress

Vermont PUC

Federal Agencies

Tuesday,
April 2
U.S. Congress State Action to Combat Climate Change Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce will discuss policies at the state and local level to mitigate and adapt to climate change. State-level mandates have taken on increased importance as the Trump administration has remained skeptical about climate change, gutting federal environmental policies and favoring a return to coal.

Tuesday,
April 2
U.S. Congress Environmental Protection Agency Budget 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Andrew Wheeler will testify in front of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations 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, the biggest cut out of all the major federal agencies.

Tuesday,
April 2
U.S. Congress Department of Energy Budget

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will examine the President’s $31.7 billion budget request for the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2020. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will testify on the department’s priorities, including $2.3 billion to secure energy independence, $5.5 billion in science funding and about $23.7 billion to modernize the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent as well as strengthen grid cybersecurity. Budget Fact Sheet

Tuesday,
April 2
U.S. Congress Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will discuss the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Topics may include nuclear plant retirements, grid reliability, cyber attacks, and advanced reactor designs.

Tuesday,
April 2
DOE Advanced Solar Technologies Funding

The U.S. Energy Department will discuss how to apply about $130 million in funding for research and development of early-stage solar technologies. The department is looking to support up to 80 projects focused on photovoltaics, concentrating solar-thermal power, soft costs reduction, innovation in the solar manufacturing sector, and advanced grid integration technologies. READ MORE

Wednesday,
April 3
U.S. Congress Department of Energy Budget

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will testify in front of the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations regarding President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Energy. The agency will invest $1.7 billion in early-stage technology research and development and $157 million in grid cyber funding under the recently-established Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. Budget Fact Sheet

Eastern Region

Monday,
April 1
OH PUCO PowerForward Grid Modernization Deadline

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is scheduled to receive grid architecture status reports from electric distribution utilities as part of the regulator’s PowerForward Collaborative. The utility workgroup is charged with monitoring the marketplace to propel the state along its roadmap of grid modernization, examining issues related to electric vehicles, deployment of non-wires alternatives, integrated distribution planning and data access issues associated with grid modernization.

Monday,
April 1
ISO NE Energy Storage Participation Rules In Effect

ISO New England Inc.’s market rules to enable advanced storage technologies to be dispatched and priced in the real-time energy market will take effect. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 25 accepted the grid operator’s market rules that more fully recognizes the technology’s ability to transition rapidly between charging and discharging. The revisions allow batteries and emerging storage technologies to simultaneously participate in the energy, reserves, and regulation markets. READ MORE

Tuesday,
April 2
VT PUC Green Mountain Power IRP Hearing

The Vermont Public Utility Commission will discuss Green Mountain Power’s 2018 Integrated Resource Plan, in which the utility proposes to focus on transitioning to a highly distributed system while continuing its strategic efforts to electrify transportation, heating, and fossil fuel processes. The 10-year plan underscores the company’s declining electric demand as customers look to install their own systems and utilize improvements in efficiency and appliance standards. READ MORE

Western Region

Monday,
April 1
CAISO Energy Storage, Distributed Energy Deadline

The California Independent System Operator Corp. is scheduled to receive comments on its plan to enhance the ability of distributed generation, like rooftop solar, demand response and electric vehicles, to participate in the wholesale market. CAISO considers these resources an increasingly important part of the power supply as the state looks to achieve massive cuts in carbon emissions.

Wednesday,
April 3
CA PUC Photovoltaic Panels and Battery Recycling Workshop

The California Public Utilities Commission will discuss the collection, handling, and reuse or recycling of end-of-life photovoltaic panels, electric vehicle batteries, energy storage batteries, and related equipment. Discussion topics will include current policies and programs and identifying challenges to proper disposal and recycling of end-of-life materials. With the growing number of distributed energy installations and electric vehicles, the issue of end-of-life disposal is set to gain importance.

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