This update features policy, regulatory, legislative, and regional developments in Connecticut and New England. The policy updates are compiled by a team recently formed with support from CPES, known as the New Energy Professionals. 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
This week’s features:
- FERC Accepts Capacity Requirements for Eleventh Forward Capacity Auction
- ISO New England Update on 2016/2017 Winter Reliability Program to Augment Fuel Adequacy in New England
- The Energy and Technology Committee to Hold Meeting on “A Stakeholders Status Report on Connecticut Energy,”
- Connecticut Legislation Provides Five Bills of Interest
REGIONAL AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
FERC Accepts Capacity Requirements for Eleventh Forward Capacity Auction
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted ISO New England’s proposed Installed Capacity Requirement (ICR) values to be used in the 11th Forward Capacity Market auction (FCA #11), which commences February 6, 2017. The ICR used in the development of the system-wide and zonal demand curves for FCA #11 is 34,075 megawatts (MW).
This year’s ICR calculations continue to account for the demand-reducing effects of behind-the-meter solar photovoltaic (PV) resources. Using the ISO’s long-term forecast of growth in PV resources, the amount of capacity required in 2020/2021 was reduced by 720 MW.
For more information, visit the ISO Newswire.
ISO New England Update on 2016/2017 Winter Reliability Program
For the fourth year in a row, a winter reliability program is in effect to help augment fuel adequacy in New England. In September 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a program for the winters of 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 to address seasonal reliability challenges created by constraints on New England’s interstate natural gas pipeline system. The previous programs proved to be cost-effective, short-term solutions to help keep the lights on in New England during very cold winter days.
For information on participation in this year’s program, visit the ISO Newswire.
Information about the Energy and Technology Committee, including committee meetings and public hearings, is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/et/
The Energy and Technology Committee will hold an informational meeting regarding “A Stakeholders Status Report on Connecticut Energy,” on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. Room 1D of the LOB. https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/CGABulletin/Bulletin.asp
The following proposed bills may be of interest to our membership:
- H.B. 5853: AN ACT CONCERNING ELIMINATING OR RAISING THE VIRTUAL NET METERING CAP. To encourage expansion of renewable energy projects.
- S.B. 271: AN ACT CONCERNING MANUFACTURING FACILITIES AND INTERRUPTIBLE NATURAL GAS SERVICE. To allow certain manufacturing facilities to utilize interruptible natural gas service without a backup fuel.
- S.B. 372: AN ACT REPEALING CERTAIN ENERGY SOLICITATIONS. To repeal section 16a-3j regarding certain energy solicitations.
- S.B. 412: AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF INCENTIVES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLAR ARRAYS ON AGRICULTURAL LAND. To restrict the use of incentives for the development of solar arrays on agricultural land to protect farmland against large-scale solar development.
- S.B. 413: AN ACT MAKING MUNICIPAL UTILITY COMPANIES’ BOOKS AND FINANCIALS SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. To allow the public to examine the financials of municipal utilities.