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week of Jun. 10, 2019

Another Friday, another EnerKnol Week Ahead, the energy policy calendar powered by the EnerKnol Platform. In this edition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency debates its proposal to deny New York’s petition on cross-state ozone pollution; Georgia regulators discuss Georgia Power's plan to add 1-gigawatt of renewables; the District of Columbia considers recommendations to modernize the energy delivery system.

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Federal Agencies

June 11
U.S. Congress Hearing on Trump's EPA

Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chiefs will weigh in on the regulator’s track record under the Trump administration before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing will include testimony from a bipartisan group of former EPA Administrators: Lee Thomas (1985-1989), William Reilly (1989-1993), Christine Todd Whitman (2001-2003) and Gina McCarthy (2013-2017).

June 11
U.S. Congress American Offshore Wind Workforce Hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will discuss H.R. 3068 introduced by Democratic Representative Bill Keating, which seeks to establish an offshore wind career training grant program. The committee will review it before sending it to the House floor for consideration. 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. Mid-Atlantic and northeastern states have timed plans for nearly 4 gigawatts of offshore wind solicitations. H.R.3068

June 11
EPA New York Interstate Smog Petition Hearing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will discuss its proposal to deny a New York petition to address smog pollution blowing across its border from over 350 industrial sources in nine upwind states. The state sought action under the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor provision” that requires EPA to control upwind states’ air pollution that impair the ability of downwind states to meet their ozone standards. The agency said that New York failed to prove that the sources violate the provision, and that cost-effective control strategy is already being implemented under the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0170

June 11
EIA U.S. Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its Short-Term Energy Outlook report, providing a forecast of energy supply, demand, and prices. The United States hit an all-time record of energy consumption last year of 101.3 quadrillion British thermal units, up 4 percent from 2017 and 0.3 percent more than the previous record set in 2007.

Eastern Region

June 11
VA SCC Dominion Rate Hike Hearing

The Virginia State Corporation Commission will discuss Virginia Electric and Power Company’s rate adjustment clause proposing a revenue requirement of $113.6 million to recover the costs of complying with state and federal environmental regulations for the 2019 rate year. The revenue bump is expected to raise residential electric bills by about $2.15 per month. READ MORE

June 11
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 by about 1.6 gigawatts by 2022, which is 10 percent of the company’s current peak demand. READ MORE

June 11
NY PSC Invenergy 340MW Wind Project Hearing

The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting will discuss Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC’s proposal to build and operate a 340-megawatt wind energy project in the western part of the state. The $570 million, 117 turbine farm will provide power for up to 123,000 homes and is set to begin operation in Q4 2020. Alle-Catt Wind is a subsidiary of Invenergy LLC. 17-F-0282

June 13
DC PSC Grid Modernization and Ratemaking Report Hearing

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia will discuss the recommendations contained in the final report of the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increased Sustainability working group. Last year, the commission created 6 working groups as part of this initiative to look into key issues related to modernizing the District’s energy delivery system, namely data and information access, non-wire alternatives to grid investments, rate design, customer impact, microgids and pilot projects. REPORT

Western Region

June 10
MI PSC Consumers Resource Plan Settlement Decision

The Michigan Public Service Commission is scheduled to make a decision 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 a 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. READ MORE

June 14
KS CC Empire District Rate Case Hearing

The Kansas Corporation Commission is scheduled to receive comments on Empire District Electric Company’s rate bump request. The investor-owned utility is seeking a bump in gross revenues of $2.5 million or 15 percent. For the average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, the proposed increase would be approximately $20 per month. 19-EPDE-223-RTS


June 14
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, including forecasts for 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump recently signed two executive orders aimed to speed up the federal process for cross-border energy infrastructure projects and restrict the role of states in the permitting process for siting pipelines and other fossil fuel projects.

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