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week of Jul. 1, 2019

Welcome back to the EnerKnol Week Ahead, the calendar of energy events powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up during the holiday week, Duke Energy Ohio prepares to submit its generation plan to state regulators; Xcel unveils its strategy for 2020 to 2034 in Minnesota; Legislatures in Delaware, New Hampshire, Oregon and Rhode Island prepare to adjourn.

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Eastern Region

June 30
DE, NH, RI Legislatures Legislative Session Ends

Legislatures in Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will adjourn. Lawmakers in Delaware are discussing a bill that will boost electric vehicle charging stations, while legislators in Rhode Island have sent a nearly $10 billion state budget to Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo’s desk. The New Hampshire General Assembly continues to seek ways to support wind and solar power even after Republican Governor Christopher Sununu had vetoed renewable-friendly measures for net metering and renewable energy certificates earlier in the session.

July 1
OH PUCO Duke Integrated Resource Plan Deadline

Duke Energy Ohio Inc. is scheduled to submit its integrated resource plan to the state utility commission. Fossil fuel-fired generating capacity makes up three-quarters of Duke Energy Corp’s power fleet, with renewables accounting for 7 percent. 19-0590-EL-FOR

July 1
PR Legislature Summer Recess

The Puerto Rico legislature will begin its summer recess and re-convene on August 11. Lawmakers will then adjourn on November 30. In March, the U.S. territory passed the Public Energy Policy Law of Puerto Rico, which sets a goal to source all of the island’s power from renewable generators by mid-century.

July 5
SC PSC Avoided Cost Methodologies Deadline

The South Carolina Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on a proceeding to determine Duke Energy Progress LLC’s standard offer and avoided cost methodologies. Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA, independent generators that meet certain criteria based on size and technology are entitled to sell their output to regulated utilities at the avoided cost, or the cost the utility would spend to generate the electricity or purchase from another source. 2019-186-E

Western Region

June 30
OR Legislature Legislative Session Ends

The Oregon legislature is set to adjourn just days after Republican senators walked out of the assembly and fled the state to prevent a vote on House Bill 2020, which would create a cap-and-trade program. If passed, the bill would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt the market-based approach to slashing greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. The Democratic Senate President, Peter Courtney has already stated that not enough Democrats support the bill for it to pass, but the walkout has already left hundreds of other bills frozen.

July 1
MN PUC Xcel Integrated Resource Plan Deadline

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is due to receive Xcel Energy Inc.’s integrated resource plan for the period of 2020 to 2034. In January, the commission granted Xcel’s request for a five-month delay to submit the next resource plan, in order to provide enough time to complete discussions with stakeholders, particularly, studies regarding statewide demand-side potential and the impacts of power-plant closures. RP-15-21

July 1
AZ CC Electric Vehicle Policy Hearing

The Arizona Corporation Commission is due to receive electric vehicle project proposals from the state’s utilities. They will form part of a transportation electrification plan, designed to promote electric vehicles in the state and stimulate the development of statewide support and charging infrastructure. The regulator is also looking for proposals on education and outreach, rate design, incentives, rebates, and cost recovery. RU-00000A-18-0284

July 1
CAISO Reliability Service Operations Begin

California Independent System Operator Corporation’s reliability coordinator service, named RC West, is set to begin operations. The RC will offer services for 16 balancing authorities and transmission operators in California, including one in northern Mexico. The grid operator expects RC West to offer its services to 24 additional entities after further review by NERC and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, expanding reliability oversight for 87 percent of the U.S. electricity load in the Western Interconnection. READ MORE

July 1
CO PUC Xcel Clean Energy Plan Deadline

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive amendments to Xcel Energy’s clean energy plan following some failed bids. The company will also issue the new request for proposals by this date. The $2.5 billion plan seeks to add up to 1 gigawatt of wind, 700 megawatts of solar, 700 megawatts of natural gas and 225 megawatts of energy storage as well as the closure of two coal-fired power plants. The plan is projected to save customers about $215 million. Public Service Company of Colorado is a subsidiary of Xcel Energy. 16A-0396E

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