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week of Sep. 9, 2019

The EnerKnol Week Ahead is back with a selection of top energy policy events discovered with the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up next week, legislators in California scramble to get important bills to the Governor's desk in the waning days of the legislative session; federal regulators discuss the environmental impact study of what is set to be the largest LNG facility in the nation; regulators in New Jersey receive a final round of comments on the state's draft energy master plan.

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Michigan PSC

New Jersey BPU

Nevada PUC

Ohio PUC

U.S. Congress

Federal Agencies

September 9
FERC Alaska LNG Hearing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will solicit comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska LNG project, a $40-$45 billion, 800-mile pipeline and liquified natural gas export facility expected to be the largest in the U.S. The project is being developed by Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in partnership with BP and ExxonMobil. FERC aims to complete the environmental review process by the end of this year. CP17-178

September 10
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. According to the agency, the U.S. imported an average of 644,000 kilowatts per month of solar panels during the first four months of this year, up from less than 300,000 kilowatts following the imposition of tariffs on imported solar in February 2018. The recovery is largely due to declining costs of solar modules. Previous Report

September 11
U.S. Congress Energy Legislative Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will receive testimony on a series of energy related bills, including S. 607, Timely Review of Infrastructure Act, S. 2094, Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act, S. 2300, Clean Industrial Technology Act and S. 2393, Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Eastern Region

September 12
NJ BPU Clean Energy Plan Meeting

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will hold a third public meeting to collect feedback and comments on the draft version of the 2019 Energy Master Plan. It provides a blueprint made up of seven strategies for achieving the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 80 percent compared to 2006 levels. New Jersey’s state agencies were directed to prepare the plan under an executive order signed by Democratic Governor Phil Murphy in May 2018, alongside legislation which established the state’s Zero Emissions Certificate program. READ MORE

September 13
OH PUC Gas Pipeline Safety Standards Deadline

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is scheduled to receive comments on gas pipeline safety rules. As part of its regular five-year review process, the regulator has issued proposed rules including adoption of the 2019 federal gas pipeline safety standards, requiring gas pipeline operators to have a plan for abandoning inactive service lines and create a detailed reporting requirement for gathering line owners. 19-47-GA-ORD

Western Region

September 10
NV PUC NV Energy Rate Case Hearing

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada is scheduled to receive consumer input on NV Energy’s subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Company’s application to slash its revenues by $5 million. The company states that in its prefered outcome, the average monthly single-family residential bill for electric services would go down by about 0.55 percent, or 46 cents. The utility has yet to file a revision for its gas rates in 2020. 19-06002

September 11
MI PSC Energy Waste Cost Recovery Hearing

The Michigan Public Service Commission will discuss Northern States Power Company’s application requesting approval for energy waste reduction (EWR) cost recovery and implementation of the biennial 2020-2021 energy waste reduction plan. The utility claims total alternative EWR payment for electric and natural gas service for 2020 to be close to $500,000. U-20375

September 13
CA Legislature Adjournment

The California legislature is set to adjourn. Legislators have been attempting to pass bills such as AB 235, which called for the state to borrow $20 billion on Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s behalf to pay claims from the destructive wildfires caused by its transmission equipment. The bill also required California’s three biggest utilities to spend $5 billion on improvements to transmission equipment and fire prevention. The bill was defeated today but will likely resurface in January. AB 235


September 12
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. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to reverse regulations put into place in 2016 to limit the emissions of methane, a potent global warming pollutant, during oil and natural gas drilling operations. The move follows a sweeping executive order that President Trump issued in 2017 to undo the prior administration’s climate regulations. Previous Report

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