week of Sep. 30, 2019

Another Friday, another EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up, regulators in Connecticut prepare to receive bids for the state's first solicitation dedicated to offshore wind as states in the region compete for ever more ambitious goals; Minnesota decides on next steps for Enbridge's $2.9 billion oil pipeline following a favorable court ruling; Massachusetts continues its review of connection rules for the growing distributed generation market.

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MN PUC

NY PSC

UT PSC

VA SCC

Eastern Region

Monday,
September 30
CT DEEP 2GW Offshore Wind Solicitation Deadline

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is scheduled to receive bids for the state’s first solicitation dedicated to offshore wind power, seeking proposals for up to 2 gigawatts. The offshore wind RFP stems from legislation enacted in June that authorizes the state to purchase up to 2 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, equivalent to 30 percent of the state load. The state’s multi-resource solicitations held in 2018 resulted in the selection of 300 megawatts of the Revolution Wind project being developed by Denmark-based Orsted A/S and Eversource Energy. READ MORE

Monday,
September 30
ME PUC Electric, Gas Consumer Protection Hearing

The Maine Public Utilities Commission will discuss revisions to consumer protection standards for electric and gas utilities in accordance with legislation enacted in the 2019 session. The measure amends rules addressing service standards for utilities, billing practices, record keeping, and customer complaints. READ MORE

Monday,
September 30
ME PUC Net Metering Rules Deadline

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive comments on proposed amendments to its net energy billing rule, following legislation enacted in June that broadened access to the program, including expanding the capacity of eligible facilities to 5 megawatts, up from the previous 660 kilowatts. In July, the agency implemented changes to reinstate net metering in response to legislation enacted in April that eliminated the gross metering policy, which was adopted in 2017 under Republican governorship. READ MORE

Wednesday,
October 2
NY PSC Renewable Procurement Proposal Deadline

The New York Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on a proposal by the American Wind Energy Association and the Alliance for Clean Energy to direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to implement an Indexed Renewable Energy Credit. Essentially a composite index based on the grid operator’s prices. According to the petitioners, it would serve as a hedge against market volatility, lower the financing costs for renewable generators and thereby lead to lower procurement costs, while also providing lower cost and less volatile prices for ratepayers. 15-E-0302

Wednesday,
October 2
VA SCC Old Dominion Rate Hike Hearing

The Virginia State Corporation Commission will receive public testimony on an electric base rate bump requested by Old Dominion Power Company. The proposal would increase the average residential customer’s monthly bill by about $24, according to the company, a 21.5 percent hike. Old Dominion states that the request is caused by investment in new generation as well as transmission improvements. PUR-2019-00060

Thursday,
October 3
MA DPU Distributed Generation Grid Connection Deadline

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities will discuss the technical details of proposed revisions to the distributed generation (DG) interconnection tariff. At a technical conference held in July, the department directed the electric distribution companies to collaborate with stakeholders and file proposed revisions. The agency is reviewing its current interconnection standards and procedures, including grid connection of battery storage systems and methods to manage high volume queues for interconnection, in an effort to support continued growth of the DG marketplace. 19-55

Western Region

Tuesday,
October 1
MN PUC Enbridge Line 3 Next Steps

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will discuss what procedural action to take following the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision in June that the project’s environmental impact statement was inadequate. According to the court ruling, although the project largely meets the required standards, the developer did not consider the effects of an oil spill in Lake Superior’s watershed. The decision now allows the commission to begin addressing the deficiency. On Sept. 17, the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear challenges by tribal and conservation groups to the environmental review. The project entails replacement of Enbridge’s aging and deteriorating 50-year old pipeline, which spans over 1,000 miles to deliver crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the Midwest and beyond. READ MORE

Tuesday,
October 1
KY PSC Net Metering Rules Hearing

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will discuss implementation of legislation enacted in March that redefined net metering by directing state regulators to set the compensation rate for solar customers through a ratemaking process. Under the law, retail electric suppliers are entitled to recover the costs incurred to serve customer-generators, including fixed and demand-based charges, through rates. The bill raises the maximum capacity of eligible systems to 45 kilowatts from the previous level of 30 kilowatts. Existing systems are grandfathered for 25 years under their current net metering program, which credits customers for excess generation at the utility’s retail rate. READ MORE

Wednesday,
October 2
UT PSC Rocky Mountain Power Solar Program Hearing

The Public Service Commission of Utah is scheduled to discuss a proposal by Rocky Mountain Power to change its Subscriber Solar Program. Specifically, the company wants to change schedule 73 so customers can subscribe at 100 percent through variable blocks of energy and wants to eliminate certain schedules from the program, namely those for industrial customers. The move has so far been poorly received by various stakeholders that argue the changes are not justified. 19-035-T08

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