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week of Aug. 3, 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, New Jersey discusses a plan to procure up to 2.4 gigawatts of capacity in its second offshore wind solicitation; Hawaii explores advanced rate design in establishing policies for distributed energy resources; the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority seeks information on non-wires alternatives to encourage the adoption of least-cost solutions as part of its Equitable Modern Grid framework.

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California EC

Connecticut PURA


Hawaii PUC

Minnesota PUC

New Jersey BPU

New York PSC


Federal Agencies

August 6
FERC Port Arthur Natural Gas Project Decision Deadline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is due to issue a decision on the Port Arthur Louisiana Connector Amendment Project, which consists of relocating a compressor station site that was approved for the Louisiana Connector Project in Allen Parish, last April. Port Arthur Pipeline LLC, a unit of Sempra Energy, proposes to locate the station and associated facilities in Beauregard Parish. The proposal is designed to increase the capacity of the Louisiana Connector Project from 1.98 billion standard cubic feet per day to 2.05 billion standard cubic feet per day of natural gas deliverable to the Port Arthur Liquefaction Project. The project is estimated to cost about $1.29 billion. CP20-21-000

Eastern Region

August 4
NYSERDA Build-Ready Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will hold a webinar regarding its request for information on potential sites for large-scale renewable energy projects to advance “Build Ready” projects under the recently enacted renewable energy siting law. The initiative will focus on the re-use of existing or abandoned commercial sites, brownfields, landfills, and industrial sites for developing renewable facilities, while offering benefits and incentives for both property owners and host communities. Proposed sites will be evaluated based on environmental site conditions, the ability to interconnect to the grid, and whether the site is physically suited to host such projects. READ MORE

August 4
CT PURA Non-Wires Alternatives Solutions Days

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will hold a technical meeting to gather information for establishing a competitive process to compare non-wires alternatives with traditional distribution system upgrades. The agency is requesting presentations from policymakers, regulators, technology providers, electric distribution companies, and industry experts on non-wire alternative processes. The move aims to encourage the adoption of least-cost solutions and meet the objectives of the framework for an Equitable Modern Grid. The framework is designed to foster innovative solutions to address the challenges and opportunities facing the electric sector. 17-12-03RE07

August 5
NJ BPU Second Offshore Wind Solicitation Meeting

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will discuss a draft guidance document for its second offshore wind solicitation for 1.2 to 2.4 gigawatts of capacity. The document includes information on the timeline and mechanism of the solicitation, the application requirement, and the criteria for evaluating applications. The first round resulted in the selection of Denmark-based Orsted A/S to develop a 1.1-gigawatt wind project, known as Ocean Wind, off the coast of Atlantic City. The state has a goal of achieving 7.5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035 and 100 percent clean energy by 2050. READ MORE

August 6
NY PSC NYSEG, RG&E Rate Cases Hearing

The New York Public Service Commission will consider a rate case settlement filed by New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation, subsidiaries of Avangrid Inc., for three years starting from May 1, 2020. Under the settlement, electric revenue increases for NYSEG and RG&E would be $219 million and $74 million, respectively, for the three-year period. The companies also proposed to decrease their natural gas revenues in the first rate year, and subsequently increase in the following two years.

Western Region

August 4
CA EC EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop

The California Energy Commission will discuss plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure as part of its 2020 integrated energy policy report update. The workshop will examine ways to improve planning and modelling efforts together with community engagement to ensure equitable access. There will be a series of presentations on the role of technology trends in accelerating EV adoption and modelling of charging requirements across the state for various vehicle types and trip durations.

August 5
HI PUC DER Advanced Rate Design

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission will hold a working group meeting regarding advanced rate design. The commission is evaluating its distributed generation proceeding in three tracks namely, DER program, advanced rate design, and technical issues. The meeting is the first to be held under the Advanced Rate Design track following a three-phase process established in April. The discussion aims to develop an understanding of the early steps of the rate design process, and identify specific data needs to facilitate timely action by all parties to aid in developing a proposal. 2019-0323

August 7
MN PUC NextEra’s 110 MW Wind Farm

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is due to receive reply comments on Walleye Wind LLC’s proposed 111-megawatt wind generation project in Rock County. The developer, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, has entered into a power purchase agreement with Minnesota Municipal Power Agency for the full output of the project for a 30-year term. The project will help the agency meet its renewable energy standard requirements, as well as its own voluntary renewable energy goals. CN-20-269

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