week of Jun. 17, 2019

Take a moment to fill out your calendar with the EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up, a House Committee discusses ways to improve pipeline safety in the aftermath of a natural gas disaster; the Senate Committee on Natural Resources looks at opportunities to solidify the nation's leadership in geothermal energy; New Mexico regulators examine Xcel Energy's triennial plans for energy efficiency improvements.

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Federal Agencies

Wednesday,
June 19
U.S. Congress Pipeline Safety Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce will discuss pipeline safety legislative proposals. The Safer Pipelines Act of 2019, proposed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, seeks to reauthorize the Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration pipeline safety programs. The Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act, sponsored by Democratic Senator Edward Markey, is a federal pipeline safety bill introduced in the wake of the Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster. It responds to deficiencies uncovered during the investigation, closing regulatory loopholes and increasing safety standards.

Thursday,
June 20
U.S. Congress Geothermal Energy Development Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Natural Resources will examine opportunities and challenges for advanced geothermal energy development in the United States. The nation currently leads the world in the amount of electricity generated with geothermal energy. According to the EIA, in 2018, there were geothermal power plants in seven states, which produced about 16.7 billion Kilowatt-hours, equal to 0.4 percent of total U.S. utility-scale electricity generation.

Thursday,
June 20
FERC Monthly Commission Meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold it’s monthly meeting. The regulator is scheduled to discuss transmission planning, reliability standards and recommendations from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. FERC will also examine the practices of the California Independent System Operator Corporation and the California Power Exchange.

Eastern Region

Wednesday,
June 19
NY PSC Renewable Energy Campaign Meeting

The New York State Public Service Commission will discuss a consumer awareness campaign to encourage the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency resources in Westchester County, north of New York City. The 2019 New York State Budget included a provision requiring the commission, in consultation with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, to come up with a program by June 30. According to the commission, 2018 was the state’s most successful year for solar photovoltaic deployment, installing over 281 megawatts of state-supported solar. 19-M-0265

Western Region

Monday,
June 17
ND PSC Ruso 205 Megawatt Wind Farm Hearing

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will discuss Southern Power Company’s proposed Ruso Wind Project and accompanying 10-mile transmission line. The project, valued at about $250 million, is made up of over 60 turbines with a total capacity up to 205 megawatts. The project would cover roughly 16,200 acres about 6 miles northwest of Ruso. Southern Power is a subsidiary of The Southern Company. PU-19-028

Monday,
June 17
IL CC Renewable Energy Credit Procurement Hearing

The Illinois Commerce Commission is scheduled to receive comments on last year’s renewable energy procurement process under the Future Energy Jobs Act and any recommendations for change. The legislation requires the initial forward procurement of one million renewable energy credits annually from new utility-scale wind projects and another million from new large-scale and brownfield site solar projects. The Illinois Power Agency conducts the procurement for Ameren Illinois Company, Commonwealth Edison Company and MidAmerican Energy Company.

Wednesday,
June 19
UT PSC Dominion LNG Storage Hearing

The Utah Public Service Commission will discuss the application of Dominion Energy Utah to build an on-system LNG storage facility near Magna with a capacity of 15 million gallons. The project would come online for the 2022 winter heating season. Dominion Energy Utah is a subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc. The U.S. is poised to become the third largest exporter of liquefied natural gas behind Australia and Qatar as export capacity is projected to reach 8.9 billion cubic feet per day by the end of this year, up from the current capacity of 3.6 billion cubic feet, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration published in December. 19-057-13

Thursday,
June 20
NM PRC Xcel Energy Efficiency Plan Hearing

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is scheduled to review Southwestern Public Service Company’s Triennial Energy Efficiency Plan and associated energy efficiency programs. The plan includes eight programs that target residential and business customers, including heat pump water heater, smart thermostat and cooling efficiency, as well as a planning and research segment. The company wants to achieve about 40 gigawatt/hour saving in 2022 with a budget of nearly $20 million. SPS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy. 19-00140-UT

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