CPES Policy Committee Update: March 22
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 Paul Brady, CPES Executive Director, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s features:
- DEEP to hold bidders conference March 24 on RFP for small renewables, demand response and energy storage
- E&T Committee continues to report out bills, and plans March 24 forum on energy supplies in the state
- ISO-NE paper on energy storage identifies opportunities in wholesale electricity markets
Connecticut Policy/Regulatory Update:
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will hold a Bidders’ Conference on the Public Act 15-107 Section 1(b) Request for Proposals (RFP) for all potential bidders on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in the Gina McCarthy Auditorium, at DEEP’s Hartford office, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, Connecticut. Prospective attendees must register by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, by emailing DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov. The Public Act 15-107 Section 1(b) RFP solicits bids from small Class I resources, small Class III resources, passive demand response, and energy storage systems.
Connecticut Legislative Update: Energy & Technology Committee
Information about E&T, including committee meetings and public hearings, is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/et/.
The E&T Committee is holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 22 and an informational forum on “A Study of the Adequacy of Energy Supplies including Nuclear Power in the State” on Thursday, March 24.
In the appendix below, please see a list of bills that may be of interest to our members.
Regional and Industry Developments
ISO New England Releases Energy Storage Document
Interest in energy storage technologies is growing in New England, and project developers, policymakers, and others are examining how these technologies can participate in the region’s wholesale electricity markets. Given this interest, ISO New England developed a paper to explain the characteristics and requirements of the various wholesale markets in which storage devices can compete today.
This paper outlines the opportunities available to energy storage technologies to be compensated in the wholesale electricity markets for providing services needed for a reliable, efficient, and competitive power system.
On March 17, 2016, the following bills that may be of interest to you were reported out of the Energy and Technology Committee:
S.B. No. 103 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PROCUREMENT MANAGER OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY AND MINOR REVISIONS TO ENERGY-RELATED STATUTES’, to transfer the responsibilities of the PURA procurement manager to other employees of the agency and make other minor revisions to energy-related statutes.
- S.B. No. 272 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF MICROGRID GRANTS AND LOANS FOR CERTAIN DISTRIBUTED ENERGY GENERATION’, to allow the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to provide microgrid grants and loans for additional types of costs associated with such microgrids.
- S.B. No. 334 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY RELATED STATUTES’, to (1) allow an electric distribution company to recover costs associated with the shared clean energy facilities pilot program, (2) make changes regarding contracting in connection with the purchasing pool for electricity, (3) make changes to the requirements for energy performance standards and life-cycle cost analyses, (4) remove the federal weatherization program from the purview of the Department of Social Services, and (5) make other conforming and technical changes.
- H.B. No. 5242 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING AGRICULTURAL VIRTUAL NET METERING’, to allow agricultural customers to lease or enter into long-term contracts for an agricultural virtual net metering facility.
- H.B. No. 5309 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING FACILITATION OF THE MUNICIPAL RESIDENTIAL SOLAR APPLICATION PROCESS’, to require the Green Bank to approve a standardized solar photovoltaic system permit application form for use by municipalities.
- H.B. No. 5310 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING LOCATION OF SITING COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARINGS’, to require the Connecticut Siting Council to hold a public hearing in the municipality in which a proposed facility is to be located if the proposed facility will be located only in that municipality.
- H.B. No. 5427 (RAISED) ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY . ‘AN ACT CONCERNING THE SHARED CLEAN ENERGY FACILITY PILOT PROGRAM’, to make changes to the shared clean energy facility pilot program regarding utilities’ cost recovery, tariff mechanisms, and other technical changes.