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week of Jul. 13, 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 York weighs strategies to achieve the state’s goal of sourcing 70 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030; Maryland regulators consider pilot projects proposed by the state’s investor-owned utilities to advance battery storage under various commercial and regulatory models; the U.S. Congress examines the Energy Department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Colorado PUC

Idaho PUC

Maryland PSC

New Jersey BPU

New York PSC

U.S. Congress

Washington UTC

Federal Agencies

Tuesday,
July 14
U.S. Congress Energy Department's COVID-19 Response

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing to discuss the Energy Department’s priorities for 2021 and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic with Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette. The hearing will also consider the department’s responsibility to oversee the nuclear weapons stockpile and facilitate a more diverse workforce. Given the agency’s role in managing critical programs that help homeowners and businesses, its efforts are seen as more important than ever as millions in the energy sector lose their jobs and struggle to pay their energy bills.

Thursday,
July 16
BLM Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is due to receive comments on its draft environmental assessment of the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative, which seeks to designate nearly 2,000 miles of pipeline corridor network for projects associated with carbon capture, utilization and storage, as well as enhanced oil recovery. The initiative, proposed by Wyoming, encompasses pipeline corridors across private, state, and federal lands within the state. The project will not authorize new pipelines or construction, but may amend some of the agency’s resource management plans covering 1,105 miles of energy corridors located on public lands. READ MORE

Eastern Region

Starts
Monday,
July 13

Ends
Tuesday,
July 14
MD PSC Energy Storage Pilot Program Hearing

The Maryland Public Service Commission will discuss the energy storage project proposals filed by the Potomac Edison Company, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, and Delmarva Power & Light Company in accordance with a 2019 law. The commission established a pilot program last August directing each investor-owned utility to solicit offers for projects under various commercial and regulatory models. The combined capacity across all four Maryland investor-owned utilities must be 5-10 megawatts, with a discharge capacity of at least 15 megawatt-hours. 9619

Tuesday,
July 14
NY PSC Clean Energy Roadmap Technical Conference

The New York Public Service Commission will discuss the regulatory structure proposed in a recent whitepaper to achieve the state’s goal of sourcing 70 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 under the 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Achieving the goal is foundational to set the state on a path to carbon free power by 2040. The report puts forth an expanded Clean Energy Standard, using existing regulatory and procurement structures and adopting policy changes to align with the requirements of the law. READ MORE

Starts
Wednesday,
July 15

Ends
Thursday,
July 16
NJ BPU Solar Transition Incentive Program Hearing

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will discuss requests filed by Jersey Central Power & Light Company and Atlantic City Electric Company to establish charges for the recovery of costs and expenses incurred to comply with the solar transition incentive program approved last year to facilitate the progress toward a successor program. Based on the board’s estimates, Jersey Central proposed an initial charge with a projected revenue requirement of about $11.6 million for its share of the costs from June 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. Atlantic City Electric proposed a $4.5 million requirement for the period July 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2021. The board ordered the closure of the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate program effective April 30, declaring that the state has attained the milestone set by the 2018 Clean Energy Act to phase out the initiative. ER20050351, QO19010068

Western Region

Wednesday,
July 15
WA UTC COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Comments

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is due to receive comments on utility policy and informational filings related to the COVID-19 crisis. The commission is examining the pandemic-related issues, including the use of ratepayer assistance funds to ease economic hardship created by the crisis. Utilities have filed updates regarding their response to the situation, such as the types of additional expenditures incurred, resource and supplier availability, the total amount of past due accounts, and the estimated time period until the ratepayer assistance funds are exhausted. The commission held a meeting last month to discuss utilities’ measures and transition plans related to the disconnection moratorium currently in effect until July 28, as well as tracking of data to ensure transparency if they seek recovery of pandemic-related costs. U-200281

Thursday,
July 16
CO PUC Xcel Energy Natural Gas Rate Case

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will conduct a remote public comment hearing on Xcel Energy Inc.’s proposal to increase natural gas base rates. The company’s initial filing, proposed in January, sought an additional $126.7 million annually to recover costs incurred to improve its distribution system. Subsequently, on July 2, the company notified the commission that it has reached a settlement, which will be filed by July 10. A hearing on the settlement is scheduled for Aug. 13-14, with a decision due by Nov. 12. 20AL-0049G

Thursday,
July 16
ID PUC PacifiCorp Net Billing Program Comments

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is due to receive comments on an application by Rocky Mountain Power, a unit of PacifiCorp, to close the net metering program, which compensates rooftop solar customers at the retail rate of 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for excess generation sent to the grid. The company seeks to implement a new net billing service that would provide compensation based on an export credit rate of 2.24 cents per kilowatt-hour. PacifiCorp proposes to close the current net metering program as of July 31, allowing existing customers to remain under the service for 10 years. PAC-E-19-08

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