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week of May. 11, 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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission prepares to issue a decision on Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s proposed $460 million Southgate Project; Virginia regulators weigh Dominion Energy’s proposal to establish voluntary time-of-use rates for residential customers; the EPA’s Science Advisory Board examines proposed updates to air regulations for the oil and gas industry.

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Utah PSC

Virginia SCC

Federal Agencies

Monday,
May 11
DOE Marine Energy Foundation Research Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Energy Department is due to receive concept papers from potential applicants in response to the agency’s $22 million funding opportunity for marine energy foundational research. The agency encourages applications from non-federal research institutions that have previously not received funding for research and development. The funding will facilitate “commercial adoption of marine energy technologies, while developing intellectual capital for U.S. technology leadership in ocean sciences and marine energy,” according to the agency. READ MORE

Monday,
May 11
EPA Emission Standards Conference

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board will hold a public teleconference to discuss whether to review the scientific and technical basis for proposed updates to air regulations for oil and gas. The agency proposed two actions last year to remove regulatory duplication in the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and gas industry. The proposed rule would reverse regulations put into place in 2016 to limit the emissions of methane, a potent global warming pollutant, during drilling operations. The move follows a 2017 executive order to undo the prior administration’s climate regulations and agency actions that potentially burden domestic energy development. READ MORE

Tuesday,
May 12
EIA U.S. Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its Short-Term Energy Outlook report, providing a forecast on natural gas and oil markets, petroleum consumption, and daily electricity demand. U.S. petroleum consumption dropped to its lowest level in nearly three decades due to the travel restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, as well as the economic downturn resulting from the pandemic. Motor gasoline consumption fell by 40 percent, the biggest decline in absolute terms, while jet fuel consumption dropped by 62 percent, the biggest in relative terms.

Thursday,
May 14
FERC Southgate Natural Gas Project Decision

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is scheduled to issue a decision on Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s proposed Southgate Project. The 75-mile natural gas pipeline would provide 375 million cubic feet of gas per day of available capacity for transport from the mainline in Virginia to delivery points in North Carolina. The $464 million project is expected to come online in 2021. CP19-14-000

Eastern Region

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Wednesday,
May 13
NJ BPU Public Service Electric and Gas Company Rate Case

The New Jersey Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s application for adjustments in its natural gas revenue. The company asked for an annual revenue increase of about $18.2 million, which would result in an increase of $6.38 for residential customers using 100 therms per month during the winter months and 610 therms annually, and an increase of $10.88 for residential customers using 172 therms per month during the winter months and 1,040 therms annually.

Wednesday,
May 13
VA SCC Dominion Energy TOU Rate Proposal Comments

The Virginia State Corporation Commission is scheduled to receive comments on Dominion Energy Inc.’s proposal to establish voluntary time-of-use, or TOU, rates for residential customers. Under the proposal, customers shifting from on-peak to off-peak periods achieve bill savings. Participants would be subject to time-varying energy charges based on the season and the time period of consumption that the company categorizes as on-peak, off-peak, and super off-peak. The proposed rate would be available to the company’s residential customers with installed advanced metering infrastructure, subject to an enrollment limit of 10,000 participants. PUR-2019-00214

Western Region

Monday,
May 11
MO PSC Empire District Electric Rate Case

The Missouri Public Service Commission is due to receive reply briefs on Empire District Electric Company’s application for adjustments in its electric revenue. The company asked for an annual revenue increase of about $26.5 million, which would result in an increase of $7.85 in monthly residential bills. ER-2019-0374

Tuesday,
May 12
UT PSC Dominion Energy Resource Plan Conference

The Utah Public Service Commission will hold a technical conference to discuss about Dominion Energy Inc.’s 2020 integrated resource plan, or IRP, for the plan year of June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. The discussion will include project details under the resource plan, long-term planning, and future rural expansion update. The company plans to file its IRP in early June 2020, with a presentation scheduled for June 30. 20-057-02

Wednesday,
May 13
MI PSC Enbridge Line 5 Replacement Project Comments

The Michigan Public Service Commission is due to receive comments on Enbridge Energy LP’s request for a declaratory ruling that it has siting authority for the replacement of a pipeline segment under the Straits of Mackinac under the commission’s original 1953 order approving the Line 5 oil and gas pipeline. The commission put off the company’s application for approval of the replacement to consider whether new authority is required. If the commission finds that Enbridge does not already have the authority for the project, the application would be reviewed as part of a contested case, beginning with public notice and a prehearing conference. READ MORE

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