week of Oct. 7, 2019

Happy Friday! The EnerKnol Pulse returns with a list of upcoming energy policy events, powered by the EnerKnol Platform. In this edition, regulators in the District of Columbia mull how best to implement alternative ratemaking to achieve their aggressive clean energy and grid modernization goals; Florida Power and Light seeks approval for what it calls the largest community solar program in the nation; Hawaiian regulators receive input on HECO companies' procurement of renewable generation paired with energy storage.

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DC PSC

EIA

Florida PSC

Hawaii PUC

Iowa UB

Maine PUC

Minnesota PUC

Ontario EB

Federal Agencies

Tuesday,
October 8
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, wind is set to outpace natural gas as the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity generation. Natural gas generation will increase by 6 percent in 2019 and by 2 percent in 2020, while wind generation will go up by 6 percent in 2019 and 14 percent in 2020.

Eastern Region

Monday,
October 7
DC PSC Alternative Ratemaking Technical Conference

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is scheduled to discuss a framework for evaluating alternative ratemaking proposals following a request by Potomac Electric Power Company to boost its electric rates. The regulator wants to develop metrics that will further the district’s broader energy and climate goals, such as electrification, renewable development, pipeline replacement, development of new consumer solutions, grid resiliency and others laid out in the Clean Energy DC Plan. READ MORE

Monday,
October 7
OEB Alectra Utilities 2020 Rates Technical Conference

The Ontario Energy Board will discuss Alectra Utilities Corporation’s application to raise the electricity distribution rates it charges in its five rate zones effective January 1, 2020. The company is seeking monthly increases ranging from $0.11 to $0.91 for the average residential customer. In addition, Alectra has applied for approval of a rate-adjustment mechanism to fund capital investments that it says it is unable fund through current rates. EB-2019-0018

Tuesday,
October 8
FL PSC FPL Solar Together Program Approval Hearing

The Florida Public Service Commission is scheduled to review an application from Florida Power & Light Company for its new SolarTogether program. According to the company, this would be the largest community solar program in the U.S., consisting of 20 solar power plants, comprising 1,490 megawatts over the next two years. The program allows customers to subscribe to a portion of new solar power capacity, and in return, they will receive credits that are expected to reduce their monthly bills over time. 20190061

Tuesday,
October 8
ME PUC Distributed Generation Procurement Hearing

The Maine Public Utilities Commission will discuss proposed rules governing the periodic procurement of distributed renewable resources in accordance with legislation enacted in June. The law directs the agency to conduct multiple solicitations to obtain 250 megawatts of distributed generation from shared resources and 125 megawatts from commercial and institutional accounts over the next five years. READ MORE

Western Region

Monday,
October 7
HI PUC Renewables Procurement Deadline

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive comments on HECO Companies’ proposed plans to proceed with the competitive procurement of variable renewable dispatchable generation paired with energy storage on the islands of Molokai and Lanai. The Hawaiian Electric Companies have issued requests for proposals for about 900 megawatts of new renewable generation across the state, capable of delivering nearly 2 million megawatt-hours each year. 2019-0178

Monday,
October 7
IA UB Alliant Energy Rate Case Hearing

The Iowa Utilities Board will discuss a request by Alliant Energy’s subsidiary Interstate Power and Light Company to raise both electric and natural gas rates. The company is requesting a total increase in annual retail electric revenues of $204 million and $21 million for natural gas. The company states they are investing in more renewable energy generation, particularly wind, as well as grid modernization and resilience such as advanced meters, adding underground wires and improved monitoring of transmission equipment. RPU-2019-0001

Thursday,
October 10
MN PUC Three Waters 200 MW Wind Farm Hearing

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to discuss an application by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners to construct the 200 megawatt Three Waters wind farm. The facility will be located in Jackson County, Southern Minnesota, on approximately 45,000 acres of land and is set to consist of 71 turbines. If approved, the project is scheduled to begin construction in 2021. CN-19-154

International

Friday,
October 11
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.

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