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week of Jul. 27, 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, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management considers its expanded environmental review of Vineyard Wind's $2.8 billion offshore wind project; North Carolina regulators examine Duke Energy’s requests to increase revenues for electric service; the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority investigates utilities' clean and renewable energy programs as part of its Equitable Modern Grid framework.

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Arizona CC

BOEM

Connecticut PURA

DOE

Maryland PSC

Minnesota PUC

North Carolina UC

Ohio PUCO

Federal Agencies

Monday,
July 27
BOEM Vineyard Wind Supplemental Review Comments

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is due to receive comments on its supplement to the draft environmental analysis of Vineyard Wind LLC’s 800-megawatt offshore wind project. After a draft assessment in 2018, the bureau decided to undertake the supplemental analysis to understand the cumulative impacts of multiple projects proposed in the region. The expanded analysis assumes that about 22 gigawatts of Atlantic offshore wind development is reasonably foreseeable along the east coast. The agency held five virtual public meetings since the issuance of the draft analysis in June to inform the public about the potential impacts and proposed mitigations of the project, and to gather input. READ MORE

Tuesday,
July 28
DOE Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Meeting

The U.S. Energy Department will host a virtual meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, which provides advice and recommendations on the administration’s energy policies, the department’s research and development activities, and economic and national security policy. The board is expected to hold a discussion on agency branding and provide an opportunity for public comment.

Friday,
July 31
DOE Battery Critical Materials Supply Chain Investigation

The U.S Energy Department is due to receive responses to its request for information regarding the research and development of the battery critical materials supply chain. The department seeks input from industry, academia, research laboratories, and government agencies to identify challenges and opportunities in the upstream and downstream supply chains. The measure supports the Energy Storage Grand Challenge initiative, a 10-year program launched in January to establish and sustain U.S. leadership in energy storage utilization and exports with a manufacturing supply chain that is not dependent on foreign sources of critical materials. READ MORE

Eastern Region

Monday,
July 27
NC UC Duke Energy Rate Case Hearing

The North Carolina Utilities Commission will consider requests filed by Duke Energy Corp. utilities for adjustment of retail rates and charges applicable to electric service. Duke Energy Progress LLC has requested for a return on equity of 10.3 percent as a rate impact mitigation measure, and an annual revenue increase of nearly $586 million, with the amount partially offset by federal and state tax savings to reflect the net revenue hike of nearly $464 million. Duke Energy Carolinas LLC seeks an increase of $445 million partially offset by a rate reduction of $154.6 million to refund certain tax benefits. E-2 Sub 1219, E-7 Sub 1214

Tuesday,
July 28
OH PUCO Green Pricing Rules Review

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission will hold a workshop to review the green pricing program standards as part of a five-year review of its rules. Commission staff may elicit feedback on any proposed revisions and permit stakeholders to put forth recommendations for consideration. The program allows electric distribution utilities or competitive suppliers to offer green power products that are marketed based on their fuel source or emissions profile. 20-1195-EL-ORD

Thursday,
July 30
MD PSC Baltimore Gas and Electric Rate Plan Hearing

The Maryland Public Service Commission will consider Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s proposed multi-year rate plan to address electric and gas revenue deficiencies in 2021, 2022, and 2023. In light of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Exelon Corp. subsidiary said it is not proposing to increase revenues in 2021 or 2022, and is seeking increases in 2023 of $140.4 million for electric and $94.9 million for gas service. The proposal is expected to result in an increase of about 8.3 percent in the total bill for an average residential customer receiving both electric and gas service from the company in 2023. 9645

Friday,
July 31
CT PURA Renewable Energy Program Technical Meeting

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will discuss about fund allocation for the small Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit, or ZREC, program, including how the timing and use of funds can aid in recovering the green economy from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects sized 100 kilowatts or less are deemed small ZREC projects under the program, which requires investor-owned electric utilities to enter into long-term contracts for RECs from zero-emission facilities. The agency began a full assessment of the utilities’ clean and renewable energy programs as part of a series of reopened proceedings to investigate topics considered integral for its framework for an Equitable Modern Grid. The framework seeks to foster solutions that address the challenges and opportunities facing the electric sector. 17-12-03RE09

Western Region

Starts
Monday,
July 27

Ends
Tuesday,
July 28
AZ CC Arizona Public Service Rate Case Comment Session

The Arizona Corporation Commission will receive telephonic comments regarding Arizona Public Service Company’s application for adjustments of retail rates and charges applicable to its electric service. The Pinnacle West Capital Corporation subsidiary asked for an annual revenue increase of $184 million and a return on equity of 10.15 percent, which would result in an average monthly bill increase of 5.8 percent for residential customers. E-01345A-19-0236

Thursday,
July 30
MN PUC Xcel Energy 80 MW Solar Power Contract Decision

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will discuss Xcel Energy Inc.’s request for approval of a 20-year power purchase agreement with Elk Creek Solar LLC for new solar energy generation from an 80-megawatt facility. Xcel proposes to use the generation to support its Renewable*Connect program, a green pricing option that allows customers to meet a portion of their electricity needs from renewable energy resources. The project would be located in Rock County and is expected to come online in December 2021. M-19-568

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