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week of Oct. 14, 2019

Happy Friday! The EnerKnol Week Ahead returns to help you fill out your calendar with the most important energy policy events and deadlines. Coming up next week, Nevada regulators share draft rules to implement the state's new aggressive renewable portfolio standard target; PacifiCorp plans a massive shift from coal to renewables over the next 20 years; Federal regulators go over winter energy market forecasts in their regular monthly meeting.

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U.S. Congress

Federal Agencies

October 17
U.S. Congress Strategic Petroleum Reserve Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will examine the status of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and related energy security issues. The reserve is the world’s largest supply of emergency crude oil and is designed to be used as a buffer during extreme fuel shortages. The federally-owned oil stocks are stored in huge underground salt caverns along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.

October 17
U.S. Congress Emissions and Economic Growth Hearing

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will discuss industry-led initiatives for reducing emissions while driving economic growth, usually referred to as decoupling. U.S. energy-related emissions are projected to see a 2.2 percent decrease this year, after a 2.7 percent increase in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration.

October 17
FERC Monthly Commission Meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will discuss the Winter 2019-2020 Energy Market Assessment. The report looks ahead to the coming winter and presents expectations about market preparedness, including a high‐level assessment of risks and challenges anticipated in that operating season. Weather remains one of the largest determinants of market outcomes in the energy markets, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts a warmer than average winter. AGENDA

Eastern Region

October 16
NH PUC Agera RPS Compliance Deadline

The New Hampshire Public Utility Commission is due to receive an overdue renewable portfolio standard compliance payment totaling over $2.2 million from retail power supplier Agera Energy LLC. Agera, which filed for bankruptcy with a federal bankruptcy court in New York on Oct. 4th, has until Oct. 16 to make the payment or be subject to “additional actions” by the agency, according to an Oct. 6 order. Agera was due to make the payments by July 1st. DM 18-172

October 18
ME PUC Distributed Generation Procurement Deadline

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive final comments on proposed rules governing the periodic procurement of distributed renewable resources in accordance with legislation enacted in June. The law directs the agency to conduct multiple solicitations to obtain 250 megawatts of distributed generation from shared resources and 125 megawatts from commercial and institutional accounts over the next five years. READ MORE

Western Region

October 14
CA PUC Utility Resource Planning Deadline

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive comments on a staff proposal to revise the requirements for utilities’ integrated resource plans filed in 2020. The proposal would require standard plans from all load-serving entities and remove alternative plans. The changes also eliminate the possibility of filing alternative or “non-conforming portfolios” for the 2019-2020 cycle, instead, requiring conforming portfolios using each entity’s assigned load forecast and a demonstration that it is consistent with the reference system portfolio based on certain criteria. Reply comments due by Oct. 25. READ MORE

October 15
KY PSC Net Metering Overhaul Deadline

The Kentucky Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on implementing legislation enacted in March 2019 that redefined net metering. The bill directed state regulators to set the compensation rate for solar customers through a ratemaking process. The law allows retail electric suppliers to implement rates to recover the costs incurred to serve customer-generators, including fixed and demand-based charges. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13, 2019. 2019-00256

October 15
CO PUC Integrated Resource Plan Rules Hearing

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will discuss revisions to its electric resource planning rules to accommodate wholesale electric cooperatives. The proposed rules stem from legislation enacted in June that expanded commission oversight over the resource planning process of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., a not-for-profit cooperative power supplier to 43 member electric cooperatives and public power districts. 19R-0408E

October 18
NV PUC RPS Target Implementation Deadline

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive draft rules from NV Energy Inc. to implement the state’s new renewable portfolio standard goals. The regulator opened a proceeding in June to implement legislation enacted in April that boosts the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, and sets a goal for achieving 100 percent of the state’s electricity from carbon-free resources by 2050. The state also recently became the fourth western state to join the Western Public Utility Commissions’ Joint Action Framework on Climate Change, a cooperative effort to promote clean energy and reduce carbon emissions. 19-06010

October 18
CA PUC PacifiCorp Final Resource Plan Deadline

PacifiCorp is scheduled to file a final long-term resource plan after a draft was published on Oct. 3 that proposes to retire 20 of its 24 coal units by the end of the planning period in 2038. The utility wants to reduce coal-fired generation capacity by about 4.5 gigawatts and envisions about 7 gigawatts of renewables and storage by 2025, identifying batteries as part of a least-cost portfolio for the first time. The final plan will be filled with regulators in California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming by this date. READ MORE

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