week of Jun. 24, 2019

Happy Friday! Before heading out for the weekend, fill out your calendar with the EnerKnol Week Ahead, the list of energy policy events powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up, California regulators vote on a financial stress test method for utilities following devastating wildfires; Massachusetts investigates ways to protect consumers from dubious practices by some retail suppliers; Virginia's emission trading regulation goes into effect in preparation for the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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California PUC

CAISO

DOE

EIA FERC

FERC

Mass. DPU

Michigan PSC

New York PSC

Federal Agencies

Starts
Tuesday,
June 25

Ends
Thursday,
June 27
DOE/FERC Grid Efficiency and Resilience Technical Conference

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Energy Department will discuss opportunities for utilities and grid operators to boost real-time and day-ahead market efficiency and using software to enhance the resilience of the bulk power system. The agencies will also consider rules and practices developed by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). AD10-12-010

Tuesday,
June 25
U.S. Congress DOE Research and Development Oversight Hearing

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will testify on the agency’s research and development initiatives before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The department requested about $32 billion for fiscal year 2020, a $1 billion bump from the previous year, including $1.7 billion in early-stage technology research and development for renewable, nuclear and fossil fuel energy.

Tuesday,
June 25
EIA Monthly Energy Report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its Monthly Energy Review, providing data on energy production, consumption, prices and trade. Coal is forecast to supply 25 percent of generation this summer, down from 28 percent, according to the agency. PREVIOUS REPORT

Thursday,
June 27
U.S. Congress Nuclear Waste Storage Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will consider legislation by Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska that addresses the storage of nuclear waste. The Nuclear Waste Administration Act, S. 1234, establishes an organization to manage nuclear waste and provides a process for siting waste facilities. The nation’s hundred-odd nuclear reactors lack a permanent storage repository for spent fuel.

Eastern Region

Tuesday,
June 25
NY PSC Con Edison Rate Case Deadline

The New York State Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc.’s proposal for a $485 million hike in electric distribution revenues, which would boost customer bills 8.6 percent per year, and a $210 million raise in gas delivery revenues, which would lead to 14.5 percent gain. 19-E-0065

Wednesday,
June 26
MA DPU Customer Protection in Retail Markets Meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will host an initial meeting for working groups to discuss measures that promote and protect consumer interests in the retail electric competitive supply market. The study, which started in January, will examine ways to increase customer awareness, improve the department’s ability to investigate dubious practices by suppliers and other means that would improve the operational efficiency of the market. About half a million residents in the state receive their electricity from a competitive supplier. READ MORE

Wednesday,
June 26
VA DEP Emissions Trading Effective Date

Virginia’s emission trading regulation will go into effect. The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved on April 19 a regulation to cap carbon emissions from large fossil fuel-fired power plants, starting in 2020, ensuring that the state is “trading-ready” to participate in the the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the multi-state carbon market. However, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam signed a budget bill earlier last month that restricts the commonwealth’s ability to participate in RGGI, contrary to hopes that he would veto the language.

Western Region

Thursday,
June 27
CA PUC Wildfire Stress Test Vote

The California Public Utilities Commission will likely vote on an administrative law judge’s proposed ruling that would adopt a methodology for conducting a financial “stress test” mandated under last year’s SB 901. The methodology considers a utility’s financial status and determines the maximum amount the company can pay for 2017 catastrophic wildfire costs without harming ratepayers or jeopardizing the company’s ability to function. This would not apply to Pacific Gas and Electric, however as it exempts utilities that have filed for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Thursday,
June 27
CAISO Electric Storage, Distributed Energy Meeting

The California Independent System Operator will continue its discussion of energy storage and distributed resources. Stakeholder input is being used to develop a plan that will enhance the ability of distributed resources, like rooftop solar, demand response and electric vehicles, to participate in the wholesale market. The grid operator is currently in phase 4 of the discussion, the final stage which will explore refinements to the participation models.

Friday,
June 28
MI PSC Consumers Energy Safety Violation Deadline

The Michigan Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive a response from Consumers Energy Co. following a probe for violating safety practices in the state. The regulator found that the company did not act in a timely manner to mark natural gas and electrical lines after receiving notices of excavation plans in over 20,000 instances. The company must now show cause why it should not be found in violation of Act 174 of 2013, which requires facility owners or operators to respond to a dig request before a project commences. READ MORE

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