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 Staff To Hold Technical Conference on Wholesale Markets and State Policies
- Connecticut Legislative Update
- Energy and Technology Committee to Hold Public Hearing on March 7th
REGIONAL AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
FERC Staff To Hold Technical Conference on Wholesale Markets and State Policies
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff will hold a 2-day technical conference on May 1 and May 2, 2017 to discuss the intersection of state policies and wholesale energy and capacity markets operated by the Eastern Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs). According to the Notice of Technical Conference, “Over the years, the rules underpinning competitive wholesale markets have evolved to address a myriad of issues while ensuring the reliable delivery and sale of electricity at just and reasonable rates. In recent years, there has been increased interest by state policy makers to pursue policies that prioritize certain resources or resource attributes. Because the wholesale competitive markets, as currently designed, select resources based on principles of operational and economic efficiency without specific regard to resource type, there is an open question of how the competitive wholesale markets, particularly in states or regions that restructured their retail electricity service, can select resources of interest to state policy makers while preserving the benefits of regional markets and economic resource selection.” According to the notice, the technical conference will foster “further discussion regarding the development of regional solutions in the Eastern RTOs/ISOs that reconcile the competitive market framework with the increasing interest by states to support particular resources or resource attributes.” For more information, visit the FERC website.
For information on the discussions taking place in New England on Integrating Markets and Public Policy (IMAPP), visit the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) website. IMAPP discussions, launched by NEPOOL in August 2016, are intended to identify potential changes to the region’s wholesale electricity markets to accommodate the public policy goals of the New England states, namely their carbon reduction and renewable energy goals.
CONNECTICUT LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Information about the Energy and Technology Committee, including committee meetings and public hearings, is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/et/
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Room 2E of the LOB, the Energy and Technology Committee will hold a public hearing. The agenda is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/etdata/pha/2017PHA00307-R001100ET-PHA.htm
The following raised bills may be of interest to our membership:
- S.B. No. 860 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CONTRACTS FOR ZERO EMISSION RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS AND LOW-EMISSION RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS. (ET)
- S.B. No. 861 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RATEPAYER IMPACT STATEMENTS. (ET)
- S.B. No. 862 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY’S REVIEW OF CLAIMS ARISING FROM CONTRACTS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY THE AUTHORITY. (ET)
- S.B. No. 863 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF TRASH-TO-ENERGY FACILITIES AS A COMPONENT OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY STRATEGY. (ET)
- S.B. No. 899 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS FOR PURCHASED GAS ADJUSTMENTS, ENERGY ADJUSTMENT CHARGES OR CREDITS AND TRANSMISSION RATES. (ET)
- S.B. No. 900 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO ELECTRIC SUPPLIER COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS AND ADVERTISING AND CONTRACT PROVISIONS AND THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY’S REPORTING OF ELECTRIC RATES. (ET)
- Raised S.B. 936: AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY STATUTES. To make technical and conforming changes to the energy and technology statutes.
- Raised S.B. 973: AN ACT CONCERNING A RESIDENTIAL SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROGRAM. To establish a state residential sustainable energy program for the purpose of financing energy improvements.
- Raised S.B. 974: AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF ENERGY SOURCES. To require the chairperson of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to conduct a study regarding energy sources.
- H.B. No. 7104 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS. (ET)
- H.B. No. 7105 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WATER COMPANY RATE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISMS. (ET)
- H.B. No. 7106 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING AUDIT REPORTS FILED WITH THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY. (ET)
- H.B. No. 7107 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE INVESTMENT AND USE OF REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS ACCOUNT FUNDS. (ET)
- H.B. No. 7140 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES THAT SUPPORT THE STATE’S COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT STRATEGY. (ET)
- Raised H.B. 7208: AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM. To make changes to the commercial property assessed clean energy program.
- H.B. No. 7232 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING THE STUDY OF THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE STATE. (ET)
CPES does not take a position on these legislative proposals; this is provided for informational purposes only to CPES members.