week of Apr. 22, 2019

Another Friday, another EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar powered by the EnerKnol Platform. In this edition, DTE Electric makes the case for its ambitious plan to shift from coal to renewables and slash emissions; federal regulators prepare to issue a final decision on Williams Partners LP's controversial $1 billion Northeast Supply Enhancement gas line; the Texas grid operator explores pathways for broader participation of storage resources in wholesale power markets.

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Federal Agencies

Thursday,
April 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. In 2018, the United States consumed more energy than ever before, reaching a record high of just over 101 quadrillion British thermal units in 2018, up 4 percent from 2017 and 0.3 percent more than the previous record set in 2007.

Thursday,
April 25
FERC Northeast Supply Enhancement Project Decision

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is due to issue a final authorization prior to full approval of Williams Partners LP’s $1 billion Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, which would include about 3,700 miles of onshore and offshore pipeline in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, providing about 400,000 dekatherms per day of gas to customers in the New York City area. The pipeline cleared federal environmental review on Jan. 25, with the regulator finding that the impacts would be reduced to less than significant levels with mitigation measures. Proposed projects with a collective capacity of about 2 million dekatherms per day of natural gas have been left in limbo by legal challenges and regulatory hurdles in New York, contributing to regional supply constraints. READ MORE

Eastern Region

Tuesday,
April 23
NYISO Carbon Pricing Analysis

Analysis Group will discuss the outline of a new study on pricing carbon in the New York Independent System Operator Inc.’s wholesale electricity markets. The operator has been discussing ways to implement a charge on the emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants. A previous analysis by the Brattle Group found that the charges would have a modest impact on customer costs as the state shifts toward renewables. A carbon charge of $42 per ton is projected to boost retail power rates by 2.2 percent, or about 0.38 cents per kilowatt-hour, over the baseline amount in 2020.

Tuesday,
April 23
MA DPU Grid Modernization Metrics Deadline

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is scheduled to receive reply comments on revised performance metrics put forth by National Grid plc, Unitil Corp., and Eversource Energy for evaluating the progress under their individual grid modernization plans, as well as the statewide goals. Last May, the department approved the companies’ grid modernization plans, but directed them to redo the performance metrics that were designed to address the preauthorized grid-facing investments, saying that the metrics must appropriately track the quantitative benefits associated with such investments. READ MORE

Tuesday,
April 23
PA PUC Peoples Natural Gas Rate Case Hearing

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is scheduled to discuss a rate bump request by Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC. The company is seeking a 14 percent boost to annual revenue totaling about $95 million. Under the proposal, the average monthly bill for a residential customer in their service territory would go up by about $10. The Peoples Natural Gas Company operates as a subsidiary of PNG Companies LLC.

Western Region

Monday,
April 22
MO PSC Ameren Integrated Resource Plan Deadline

The Missouri Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive applications from stakeholders wishing to participate in the review of Ameren Missouri’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan Annual Update Report. The company plans to invest about $1 billion in wind projects to achieve a target of 700 megawatts by 2020, 100 megawatts of solar generation by 2027 and also plans to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, as compared to 2005 levels. Ameren Missouri is a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation. EO-2019-0314

Tuesday,
April 23
ERCOT Energy Storage Workshop

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. will discuss market rules to enable storage technologies to be dispatched and priced in the real-time energy market. Regional grid operators filed proposals in 2018 to comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s landmark energy storage order (Order 841), which paved the way for broader participation of storage resources in wholesale power markets. FERC issued the order because it found that current tariffs do not recognize the operational characteristics of electric storage resources and limit their participation.

Thursday,
April 25
MI PSC Consumers Resource Plan Settlement Agreement Deadline

The Michigan Public Service Commission is due to receive rebuttals on a proposed settlement in Consumers Energy Co.’s integrated resource plan. The Solar Energy Industries Association, Inc. and Cypress Creek Renewables, LLC filed objections to the plan regarding investments in demand response, retirement of coal-fired Karn Units 1 and 2, new avoided cost methodology under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and other issues. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for May 1. U-20217

Friday,
April 26
MI PSC DTE Electric Integrated Resource Plan Hearing

The Michigan Public Service Commission will weigh DTE Electric Company’s 2019 integrated resource plan, outlining the company’s strategy for the next 20 years. The utility’s plan calls for about $2 billion to be invested in renewable energy by 2024, effectively doubling its clean generation over the next five years. The company also wants to accelerate carbon emission reductions, with a new target of at least 50 percent lower emissions by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040, up from the previous target of 45 percent by 2030. To achieve this, DTE is accelerating the retirement of its aging coal fleet with plans to close its St. Clair and Trenton Channel power plants in 2022, one year ahead of schedule, totaling about 2.5 gigawatts of coal generation that will have to be replaced. READ MORE

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