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 re-opens the Residential Billing Docket and Eversource seeks to reopen docket on interconnection guidelines.
- ISO-NE Completes Study on Wind Resources
- Looking Ahead to the Next Legislative Session – Schedules and Key Links
PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY NEW DOCKETS:
On September 14, 2016, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority initiated the following proceeding, which may be of interest to you:
- Docket No. 14-07-19RE02: PURA Investigation into Redesign of the Residential Electric Billing Format – Incidental Residential Accounts and Summary Information
Also, on September 8, 2016, Eversource filed a motion to reopen Docket No. 03-01-15 DPUC Investigation into the Need For Interconnection Standards for Distributed Generation, seeking PURA approval of new interconnection guidelines for small (sub 20kW) generation systems. Eversource’s motion and the proposed interconnection standards are available here.
ISO New England Completes Studies on the Economic Impacts of Adding More Wind Resources to the Grid
ISO New England recently completed three studies requested by regional stakeholders in 2015. The studies focus on the economic impacts of adding more wind resources to the regional power system under a variety of hypothetical scenarios. The studies looked at:
- The potential economic effects of developing offshore wind
- Upgrading transmission at three interfaces in Maine to remove potential bottlenecks and enable the development of more onshore wind and imports from New Brunswick, Canada
- Easing a transmission bottleneck farther north in the Keene Road area of Maine to enable increasing wind development in the local area
The 2016 Connecticut regular session ended on May 4, 2016. The 2017 Connecticut regular session begins January 4, 2017.
Information about the Energy and Technology Committee, including committee meetings and public hearings, is available at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/et/.
The 2015-2016 Massachusetts formal session ended on July 31, 2016. The 2017-2018 Massachusetts session begins January 4, 2017.
Information about the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, including hearings and bills in committee, is available at: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J37.