This update features policy, regulatory, legislative, and regional developments in Connecticut and New England. The policy updates are compiled by the CPES New Energy Professionals Team. If you are interested in learning more about the New Energy Professionals, the Policy Committee, or if you have ideas for future policy updates, we would welcome your input and feedback. Please send comments to Kathryn Dube, CPES Executive Director, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this Update:
- New RFP for Clean Energy
- DEEP/PURA Determination on Millstone Study
- NH Rejects Northern Pass Transmission, Throwing Project into Doubt
- ISO Releases Web-Based Training Module on Energy Markets
- CT Legislative Session will convene on February 7th
- Energy and Technology Informational Meeting on February 8th and 13th at 1pm
REGIONAL AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
NEW RFP FOR CLEAN ENERGY
On January 31, 2018 DEEP issued a final RFP for certain Class I resources: offshore wind, fuel cells, fuels cells paired with combined heat and power, and anaerobic digestion facilities. Energy storage may be co-located with projects. Proposals are due by April 1, 2018. DEEP anticipates selection of bidders in June 2018 and submittal of contracts to PURA for approval in the fall of 2018.
DEEP/PURA DETERMINATION ON MILLSTONE STUDY
A final determination was released on February 1, 2018 and concludes that under certain assumptions, the Millstone Generating Facility could face retirement, however, such risk cannot be determined without additional audited financial data. The final determination recommends moving forward with a multi-tiered procurement that offers favored pricing to Dominion if Dominion is able to submit financial data verifying Millstone’s retirement risk. Without a verified retirement showing, Dominion’s bid would be evaluated against the forecasted price of power. The conclusions reached in the final determination will now be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming Session.
NEW HAMPSHIRE REJECTS NORTHERN PASS TRANSMISSION, THROWING PROJECT INTO DOUBT
The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) yesterday unanimously rejected the Northern Pass transmission project, throwing the project’s future into doubt.The New Hampshire SEC’s decision to reject Northern Pass came as a surprise yesterday, only a week after Massachusetts gave the project a green light and a major role in its energy plans. The project has sparked backlash from residents in New Hampshire, and a lawyer for the siting board reportedly said that Eversource had failed to prove the transmission would not “unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region.” It is not clear yet what the decision will mean for the project. Even if Northern Pass appeals and ultimately wins, the process could set the project behind schedule. An expedited schedule is one reason Massachusetts selected the line — its schedule was two years shorter than other proposals. A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Attorney General said yesterday the decision “raises serious questions about this timetable.” That announcement follows Healey’s calls for an investigation into the process used to select Northern Pass.
ISO RELEASES WEB-BASED TRAINING MODULE ON ENERGY MARKETS
The ISO released a new training module: New England’s Energy Markets that provides a brief overview of the region’s wholesale electricity markets, explaining how and why they were formed and the role of each market in the broader wholesale marketplace. The training focuses on the ISO’s day-ahead and real-time energy markets, the financial settlement of the markets, and how they are monitored.
The module is the fourth in a series of core modules. Click here to access this training in ISO-TEN, the ISO’s Training and Events Network. The three previous modules are available in the links below:
- Overview of the Bulk Power System and ISO New England
- Introduction to ISO New England System Operations
- Introduction to ISO New England System Planning
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRY NEWS:
2018 CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE SESSION
The 2018 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly convenes on February 7, 2018. Information about the Energy and Technology Committee is available here.
ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY INFORMATIONAL MEETING
On February 8th and 13th at 1:00pm the Energy and Technology Committee will hold a Stakeholders Status Report on Energy in Connecticut. Where are we? Where are we going? (LOB Room 2D)