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week of Jun. 22, 2020

The EnerKnol Week Ahead is back to give you the key energy policy events happening next week, all powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management discusses its expanded environmental review of Vineyard Wind's $2.8 billion offshore wind project; California regulators examine wildfire mitigation plans to ensure that electric utilities are taking effective measures to reduce wildfire risk; Nevada investigates alternative ratemaking plans for electric utilities, including performance-based rates.

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Arizona CC

BOEM

California PUC

DOE

Idaho PUC

Nevada PUC

Pennsylvania DEP

Virginia SCC

Federal Agencies

Monday,
June 22
DOE Energy Conservation Standards Comments

The U.S. Energy Department is due to receive comments on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes to amend the energy conservation standards for electric motors. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, the department must review the standards every six years. The agency seeks information to determine whether amendments would result in significant energy savings while being feasible and cost effective. EERE-2020-BT-STD-0007

Friday,
June 26
BOEM Vineyard Wind Supplemental Review Meeting

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a discussion about its supplement to the draft environmental analysis of Vineyard Wind LLC’s 800-megawatt offshore wind project. After a draft assessment in 2018, the bureau decided to undertake the supplemental analysis to understand the cumulative impacts of multiple projects proposed in the region. The expanded analysis assumes that about 22 gigawatts of Atlantic offshore wind development is reasonably foreseeable along the east coast. The meetings will inform the public about the review process, potential impacts, and proposed mitigations of the project. READ MORE

Eastern Region

Tuesday,
June 23
VA SCC EV Grid Impact Investigation Comments

The Virginia State Corporation Commission is due to receive comments on over a dozen questions as it examines the development and impacts of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the state’s power grid. The commission opened the proceeding in March to explore the impact of increased electric vehicle deployment on the affordability and reliability of utility electric services. The agency seeks information on a broad range of issues including existing development and projected growth, rate design, storage-specific issues, and the role of utilities in deploying public charging stations. READ MORE

Starts
Tuesday,
June 23

Ends
Thursday,
June 25
PA DEP Air Pollution Regulation Hearing

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will discuss regulations to reduce emissions from existing unconventional natural gas wells and infrastructure. The draft regulations would restrict the release of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and also reduce methane as a co-benefit. The regulations would require additional controls at wells sites and related infrastructure, and are expected to reduce 4,404 tons of ozone-causing VOCs and 75,603 tons of methane annually.

Western Region

Monday,
June 22
ID PUC PacifiCorp Net Billing Program Hearing

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will consider an application by Rocky Mountain Power, a unit of PacifiCorp, to close the net metering program, which compensates rooftop solar customers at the retail rate of 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for excess generation sent to the grid. The company seeks to implement a new net billing service for new customers as of Sept. 1 that would provide compensation based on an export credit rate of 2.24 cents per kilowatt-hour. PacifiCorp proposes to close the current net metering program as of July 31, allowing existing customers to remain under the service for 10 years. PAC-E-19-08

Tuesday,
June 23
AZ CC Southwest Gas Rate Case Prehearing

The Arizona Corporation Commission will consider Southwest Gas Corporation’s application for adjustments of retail rates and charges applicable to its gas service. The Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. subsidiary asked for an annual revenue increase of $93 million, which would result in an increase of $7.01, for residential customers consuming, on average, 24 therms per month. G-01551A-19-0055

Wednesday,
June 24
CA PUC Wildfire Safety Advisory Board Meeting

The California Public Utilities Commission will host a remote access meeting of the Wildfire Safety Advisory Board, which was established in 2019 to review mitigation plans to ensure that electric utilities are taking effective actions to reduce wildfire risk. The commission encourages the public to provide input on the board’s draft 2021 mitigation plan recommendations. The agency recently approved recommendations for 2020 wildfire mitigation plans, imposing additional conditions that utilities must meet to explain how their initiatives improve safety and decrease the likelihood of wildfires. Catastrophic fires in 2017, 2018, and 2019 resulted in billions of dollars in damage across the state, forcing Pacific Gas & Electric to declare bankruptcy last year.

Starts
Thursday,
June 25

Ends
Friday,
June 26
NV PUC Alternative Ratemaking Mechanisms Workshop

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission will discuss a concept paper on the development of goals and outcomes by utility stakeholders to inform the implementation of alternative ratemaking. A 2019 law directed the commission to adopt regulations enabling electric utilities to file alternative ratemaking plans, which include performance-based rates based on performance metrics that the commission may establish. The legislation also authorizes the commission to include a mechanism for earnings sharing with the utility’s customers, and allows for waiving the current requirement for utilities to file a general rate case every three years. 19-06008

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