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week of Jun. 8, 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 is set to issue a supplement to the draft environmental review of Vineyard Wind's $2.8 billion offshore wind project; California regulators seek to expedite the deployment of microgrids to prepare for safety power shutoff events ahead of the wildfire season; Connecticut discusses energy affordability and equity for commercial and industrial customers.

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BOEM

California PUC

Connecticut PURA

EIA

Maryland PSC

Maine PUC

Minnesota PUC

New Mexico SLO

Federal Agencies

Tuesday,
June 9
EIA U.S. Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its Short-Term Energy Outlook report, providing a forecast on crude oil prices, renewable diesel, and natural gas consumption. U.S. natural gas consumption in 2020 is expected to fall by 3.4 billion cubic feet per day compared to 2019, led by a decline in industrial consumption. The agency attributes the decrease to the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and milder temperatures in the first quarter of 2020, which reduced the demand for space heating in buildings.

Friday,
June 12
BOEM Vineyard Wind Draft Review Supplement

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is due to issue a supplement to the draft environmental review of Vineyard Wind LLC’s 800-megawatt offshore wind farm. In February, Vineyard Wind announced that the $2.8 billion project will not be able to begin commercial operation in 2022, after the agency updated the permitting schedule for the project. The new timeline indicates a final decision deadline of Dec. 18, a delay of more than a year compared to the original schedule’s August 2019 date. READ MORE

Eastern Region

Tuesday,
June 9
CT PURA Energy Affordability Public Forum

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will hold its first public forum to consider energy affordability and equity for the state’s commercial and industrial customers. The commission aims to engage customers who are most impacted by high energy costs and pave the way for long-term solutions to improve energy affordability for the state’s businesses. Last October, the agency began examining energy affordability for all customer classes following the approval of a framework for achieving an “Equitable Modern Grid,” designed to foster innovative solutions to address the challenges and opportunities facing the electric sector. READ MORE

Thursday,
June 11
ME PUC Distributed Generation Procurement

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is due to receive bidders’ nonministerial permits obtained for projects proposed in response to the agency’s solicitation for the procurement of the output from distributed generation resources. A 2019 law directed the agency to conduct solicitations to obtain 250 megawatts of distributed generation from shared resources and 125 megawatts from commercial and institutional accounts over the next five years. The agency seeks proposals for the Block 1 procurement in one of two categories namely, commercial/institutional and shared projects for a procurement target of 25 megawatts and 50 megawatts, respectively. READ MORE

Friday,
June 12
MD PSC Baltimore Gas and Electric Rate Case Prehearing

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

Western Region

Thursday,
June 11
CA PUC Microgrid Deployment Proposal

The California Public Utilities Commission will vote on a proposal that would adopt short-term actions to expedite the deployment of microgrids and related resiliency strategies to mitigate the impacts of wildfire-caused outages and safety power shutoff events. The proposal would direct the state’s large investor-owned electric utilities to streamline interconnection of projects that could be operational by Sept. 1. Catastrophic fires in 2017, 2018, and 2019 resulted in billions of dollars in damage across the state. READ MORE

Thursday,
June 11
MN PUC Scout Clean Energy 201 MW Wind Farm Hearing

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will consider an application by Three Waters Wind Farm LLC, a subsidiary of Scout Clean Energy LLC, for a site permit to build a 201-megawatt wind project. The project footprint would occupy about 48,000 acres in Jackson County, and is expected to come online in 2021. The output of the facility will be sold to Minnesota Municipal Power Agency through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, an investor in low carbon energy infrastructure. WS-19-576

Friday,
June 12
NM SLO Temporary Shut-In of Oil Wells Hearing

The New Mexico State Land Office will hold a tele-hearing to receive public comments on a proposed amendment regarding temporary shut-in of oil wells due to severe reductions in the price of oil. The agency has adopted an emergency rule amendment permitting a temporary shut-in for up to 120 days from April 21, and the proposed change would extend the duration for a period of one year from the effective date. READ MORE

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