week of May. 13, 2019

Another Friday, another EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up next week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will discuss its assessment of reliability in the summer months; state regulators debate Georgia Power's plan to procure 1 gigawatt of renewables; Consumers battles with clean energy developers over new avoided costs consistent with long-term resource plan.

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Ohio PUC

Oregon PUC

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Federal Agencies

Wednesday,
May 15
U.S. Congress Advancing Solar and Wind Technologies Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology will examine ways to boost the development of solar and wind technologies. U.S. wind power has more than tripled over the last decade, surpassing hydropower to become the nation’s single-largest source of renewable capacity, while solar installations have also seen exponential growth in recent years thanks to decreasing costs of the technology.

Wednesday,
May 15
U.S. Congress Power Marketing Administrations Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will discuss problems at the Power Marketing Administrations, including the need to integrate greater amounts of variable renewable sources and the development of the Energy Imbalance Market in the west. These agencies, which form part of the Department of Energy, are responsible for operating electric systems and selling the electrical output of federally owned and operated hydroelectric dams in 34 states. The regulator will also examine the participation of energy storage in wholesale power markets.

Thursday,
May 16
FERC Monthly Commission Meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will examine the 2019 Summer Energy Market and Reliability Assessment, a staff report on supply shortages that are anticipated in the summer months and the impacts on the electric and natural gas markets. The agency will also discuss the participation of energy storage in power markets, following its landmark Order 841, which paved the way for advanced storage technologies to be dispatched and priced in the real-time energy market.

Eastern Region

Monday,
May 13
NYSERDA Storage Incentive Program Deadline

The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency is scheduled to receive responses from battery companies interested in competitive solicitations or storage development opportunities. The request was open to storage developers, battery integrators, or other companies that utilize lithium-ion technology in utility-scale applications. On April 25 the agency announced a funding opportunity for two categories of projects as part of the state’s $400 million investment to attain the ambitious goal of deploying 3 gigawatts of storage by 2030. READ MORE

Monday,
May 13
GA PSC Georgia Power Company Resource Plan Hearing

The Georgia Public Service Commission will discuss Georgia Power Company’s integrated resource plan, seeking to close four of its coal generation units and procure up to 1 gigawatt of new renewable resources, which would increase the company’s renewable capacity by 18 percent by 2024. The plan includes energy-saving programs designed to help reduce peak demand approximately 1.6 gigawatts by 2022, which is 10 percent of the company’s current peak demand. READ MORE

Tuesday,
May 14
OH PUC Republic Wind Project Hearing

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission will debate Apex Clean Energy’s $400 million Republic Wind project to be constructed in northern Ohio. The proposed project is an 80 turbine, 200-megawatt wind farm located on approximately 15,000 acres of open farmland in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties and designed to produce enough energy to power more than 59,000 homes every year. 17-2295-EL-BGN

Western Region

Tuesday,
May 14
OR PUC Federal Power Purchase Law Deadline

The Oregon Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to complete a whitepaper on the implementation of the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA, amid concerns by developers over the high cost of interconnection and difficulty in obtaining interconnection agreements for projects. PURPA requires utilities to purchase power from small independent electricity generators at the “avoided cost,” or the cost the utility would spend to procure the electricity itself. The commission seeks to ensure a “fair, efficient, transparent, and timely” implementation process. READ MORE

Wednesday,
May 15
MI PSC Consumers Resource Plan Settlement Deadline

The Michigan Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive reply briefs 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 new avoided cost methodology under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. Renewable developers object to Consumers’ plan, arguing about grid connection delays for projects, while the utility says the rates for power purchase agreements are too high. The commission set a deadline of June 10 for a ruling on the proposed agreement. U-20217

International

Wednesday,
May 15
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. Exports of crude oil and petroleum products made up about 70 percent of all U.S. energy exports last year. Petroleum exports reached a record-high of 5.6 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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