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week of Sep. 16, 2019

Welcome back to the EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar brought to you using the power of the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up next week, Congress looks into the opportunities and challenges for achieving New Jersey's ambitious offshore wind goal; Massachusetts mulls changes to the connection process for distributed resources as it seeks to boost the market; Kentucky regulators receive input on ways to implement controversial legislation that rolls back support for customer generators.

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U.S. Congress

Federal Agencies

September 16
U.S. Congress New Jersey Offshore Wind Challenges Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will discuss the benefits and potential challenges for New Jersey’s growing offshore wind industry. In June, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities selected Denmark-based Orsted A/S to develop a 1.1 gigawatt wind project, known as Ocean Wind, off the coast of Atlantic City. The project, which marks the first step towards meeting the state’s 3.5-gigawatt goal by 2030, is estimated to generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits.

September 17
FERC Alaska LNG Hearing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will solicit comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska LNG project, a $40-$45 billion, 800-mile pipeline and liquified natural gas export facility expected to be the largest in the U.S. The project is being developed by Alaska Gasline Development Corp. in partnership with BP and ExxonMobil. The Federal Regulator aims to complete the environmental review process by the end of this year. CP17-178

September 19
FERC Monthly Commission Meeting

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold it’s monthly meeting. The regulator is scheduled to discuss qualifying rates and requirements under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, or PURPA, which 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 regulator will also debate reliability, security and market operations.

Eastern Region

September 16
ME PUC Net Metering Rules Deadline

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive initial comments on proposed amendments to its net energy billing rule, following legislation enacted in June that broadened access to the program, including expanding the capacity of eligible facilities to 5 megawatts, up from the previous 660 kilowatts. In July, the agency implemented changes to reinstate net metering in response to legislation enacted in April that eliminated the gross metering policy, which was adopted in 2017 under Republican governorship. READ MORE

September 18
MA DPU Distributed Generation Grid Connection Deadline

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is scheduled to receive comments in preparation for a series of technical conferences on proposed revisions to the distributed generation (DG) interconnection tariff. At a technical conference held in July, the department directed the electric distribution companies to collaborate with stakeholders and file proposed revisions. The agency is reviewing its current interconnection standards and procedures, including grid connection of battery storage systems and methods to manage high volume queues for interconnection, in an effort to support continued growth of the DG marketplace. The next conference is on October 3. 19-55

September 19
NY PSC Energy Storage Project Hearing

The New York State Public Service Commission will receive comments on Ravenswood Development LLC’s request to develop a stand-alone, battery-based, energy storage facility with a capacity of up to approximately 316 megawatts on a portion of the Ravenswood Generating Station property in Long Island City, Queens. 19-E-0122

September 20
KY PSC Net Metering Rules Deadline

The Kentucky Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on implementation of legislation enacted in March that redefined net metering by directing state regulators to set the compensation rate for solar customers through a ratemaking process. Under the law, retail electric suppliers are entitled to recover the costs incurred to serve customer-generators, including fixed and demand-based charges, through rates. The bill raises the maximum capacity of eligible systems to 45 kilowatts from the previous level of 30 kilowatts. Existing systems are grandfathered for 25 years under their current net metering program, which credits customers for excess generation at the utility’s retail rate. READ MORE

September 20
ME PUC Distributed Generation Procurement Deadline

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to receive 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

September 16
MO PSC Empire Electric Rate Case Deadline

The Missouri Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive applications to participate in The Empire District Electric Company’s rate case. The company filed an electric rate case in August seeking to bump its annual electric revenues by approximately $26.5 million. According to the company this would lead to electric rates increase for the average residential customer of about $7.85 a month. ER-2019-0374

September 20
CARB Board Meeting

The California Air Resources Board will convene for its regular board meeting. Together with Quebec, CARB held its twentieth quarterly carbon auction, which sold all of the nearly 66.3 million carbon permits offered for current emissions at a price of $17.16 per credit, above the floor price of $15.62, according to the results released on Aug. 27. This is slightly below the previous May auction, which cleared at a record-high price of $17.45. READ MORE

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