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:
- PURA Releases a Draft Report on Distribution System Reliability
- Public Act Numbers Issued to Final Legislation
- RESA Highlights Savings and Value-Added Products on MA Retail Energy Shopping Website
CONNECTICUT POLICY/REGULATORY UPDATE: CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
PURA Releases a Draft Report on Distribution System Reliability
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) released its draft report to the legislature regarding distribution system reliability for calendar year 2015. The draft report is available at the following link. Connecticut General Statutes section 16-245y(a) requires each electric distribution company (EDC) to report reliability data to PURA for the prior 12 months. PURA is then required to report the data for each EDC to the General Assembly. PURA conducted its review of EDC reliability data for 2015 in Docket No. 16-04-21, PURA 2016 Annual Report to the General Assembly on Electric Distribution Company System Reliability. A final report is expected June 1st.
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/.
The 2016 regular session ended on May 4, 2016. The following bill that passed both chambers during the regular session and that may be of interest to you received a public act number:
- H.B. No. 5496: AN ACT CONCERNING CERTAIN VIRTUAL NET METERING FACILITIES. PUBLIC ACT 16-134.
- H.B. No. 5510: AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRIC AND FUEL CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLES. PUBLIC ACT 16-135.
Regional and Industry Developments
Retail Energy Supply Association Highlights Savings and Value-Added Products on MA Department of Public Utilities Retail Energy Shopping Website
The Retail Energy Supply Association (RESA) explained that it found nearly 30 competitive retail energy suppliers in Massachusetts actively posting more than 200 different product offerings “at prices highly competitive with default rates offered by the state’s utility companies.” In addition, value-added product offerings include green electricity products, energy-savings smart thermostats, HVAC warranty plans, reward points, gift cards, and more. http://www.energychoicematters.com/stories/20160519g.html