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.
This week’s feature:
- FERC Staff Issues 2017 Summer Seasonal Assessment Report
- PURA Established a Docket Regarding Joint Application for Approval of a Change of Control
- Connecticut Legislation Adjourned for the Regular Session on June 7, 2017
REGIONAL AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
FERC Staff Issues 2017 Summer Seasonal Assessment Report
On June 15, 2017, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff issued the Summer 2017 Energy Market and Reliability Assessment Report. The report is FERC staff’s annual opportunity to share its summer outlook on the electricity and natural gas markets, as well as reliability matters, to better inform the Commission’s understanding of current and future trends.
The report touches on the possibility of tight supply margins should forecasted summer peak conditions occur in New England. The report states that “ISO-NE may be required to rely on additional imports from neighboring regions as well as implementing operating procedures to maintain reliability during possible periods of supply deficiencies.”
To access the entire report, click here.
PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY NEW DOCKET:
On June 16, 2017, PURA established the following docket:
- Docket No. 10-07-09RE01: Joint Application of UIL Holdings Corporation and Iberdrola USA, Inc. for Approval of a Change of Control of Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Southern Connecticut Gas Company – SCG Customer service practices, procedures or policies. (http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/dockcurr.nsf/(Web+Main+View/All+Dockets)?OpenView&StartKey=10-07-09RE01)
CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
The 2017 Regular Session adjourned on June 7, 2017. A special session has been called to deal with the biennial budget and the current budget deficit. If a budget agreement can not be reached by July 1st, the beginning of the new fiscal year, the Governor will run the state without a budget through Executive Order or the Legislature may pass a continuing resolution until a budget is in place.
See the June 13 Policy Update for a list of bills that passed during the regular session that may be of interest to our members.