July 29, 2019
Save The Date - Competition Workshop
Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) workshop set for Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Hearing Room One at 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007.
A live broadcast feed will be provided or archived videos: http://www.azcc.gov/live
Note: No Commission votes will be taken at this meeting
Update: Commissioner Olson has proposed two options for the next steps for the Commission:
Option 1: "If a majority of the Commission supports opening our retail markets for regulated competition, I propose that the Commission consider voting at our August Open Meeting on an order that indicates the Commission's plan to transition to a competitive market. The motion could include the broad principles of the new structure such as the basic tenets that I described above. Following a successful vote on this motion, the Commission could commence the rulemaking process to establish and finalize all the details associated with the regulation of competitive Energy Service Providers," Olson wrote.
Option 2: "Alternatively, if a majority of the Commission is not yet prepared to vote for an order including the principles described above, I propose that the Commission establish a deliberate time table for consideration of all the issues that Commissioners feel need to be evaluated prior to voting for retail competition. This time table would include a Commission hosted workshop each month through the end of the year with a plan to vote on retail competition at the conclusion of this series of workshops," Olson wrote.
Olson also proposed, for consideration at the August Open Meeting, that the Commission consider extending the moratorium on self-built utility generation.
"In light of the Commission's ongoing consideration of energy competition and other policies in the Energy Modernization Docket, I believe it makes sense to extend this moratorium until January 1, 2020. The moratorium that I propose the Commission consider would continue to allow utilities to purchase energy through competitively acquired power purchase agreements but would prohibit utilities from acquiring or constructing any generating facilities of 150 MW or more without Commission approval," Olson wrote.
PURA Refers “Fixed Price Contracts” To Attorney General For Further Investigation
The Connecticut PURA in Docket No. 19-02-13. has referred "fixed" price contracts, by Spark Energy, LLC (Spark), and Direct Energy Services, LLC (Direct) to the Connecticut Attorney General and Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection for further investigation. The Commission stated that "the Authority has reason to believe Direct’s and Spark’s increases to business customers’ fixed-price contracts may violate state law."
FERC Chairman Issues Statement on Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur’s Departure
On June 20, 2019, Chairman Neil Chatterjee issues Statement on Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur's departure announcement Read More
FERC Streamlines Market Based Rate Making Licensing Requirements
On July 18, 2019 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) finalized two licensing related rules aimed at reducing regulatory burden for electric power sellers with market-based rate authority. The first final rule addresses the horizontal market power analysis required for market-based rate sellers. In this rule FERC eliminated the obligation to submit indicative screens in order to obtain or retain market-based rate authority in certain organized wholesale power markets. Order No. 860 (pdf)
The second rule, adopts changes to reduce the scope of ownership information that sellers must provide, revises the information required in a seller’s asset appendix and eliminates the requirement that sellers submit corporate organizational charts," FERC said.
Order No. 861 - A staff presentation (click here) gives more details (pdf)
State Faces Challenges In Meeting Renewable Energy Goals
On July 24th, Anthony Star, Director of the Illinois Power Authority discusses on PBS interview that by 2025, at least 25% of the Illinois’ energy must from renewable sources, like wind or solar. But projections by the Illinois Power Agency find that without changes to current policy, that state could fall short.
Under the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), Illinois should be nearing 17.5% renewables by the 2020-21 fiscal year. But at recent workshops, Star said the agency predicts it will only have enough to cover about 8% of the state’s load.
View PBS interview.
IPA To Hold Procurement Webcast
On July 23rd, the Illinois Power Authority announced that it will hold a webcast presentation on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9 AM CPT to provide additional information on this procurement event. If you wish to participate in the webcast, please RSVP with the number of phone connections needed so that sufficient ports can be made available. Call-in information and the WebEx link will be provided to respondents on the morning of the webcast.
New Filing Proposes to Use Load Data To Be Basis For Monthly Payment To NYSERDA
In Case 15-E (Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to Implement a Large-Scale Renewable Program and a Clean Energy Standard), NYSERDA on June 28, 2019 filed revised proposal with the New York PSC to the proposed “pay-as-you-go” mechanism for the zero emissions credit (ZEC) compliance program.
Under the latest proposal, the LSE’s Version 1 load data will be the basis for their monthly payment to NYSERDA. "Based on agreement with the NYISO, NYGATS will now have access to the Version 1 load data that is used for initial settlement by the NYISO with LSEs each month. Using Version 1 data in the 'pay-as-you-go' methodology as opposed to requiring LSEs to submit load data to NYSERDA will obviate the need for a quarterly review process and the need for penalties that could have resulted from underpayments discovered months after they were due. The availability of the Version 1 data will allow for near immediate audit, significantly reducing the potential for both under and overpayments by LSEs," NYSERDA said. Revised ZEC Implementation Plan.
FERC Grants ConEdison Tariff Waiver To Correct Meter Data
On July 22nd, in Docket No. ER19-814, FERC grants ConEdison waiver of New York, Inc. to allow ConEd to correct metering data for April 2018 beyond the 130-day period prescribed in the tariff. In its initial filing ConEd said that the waiver request was necessary to remedy errors in ConEd’s calculation of Unaccounted for Energy ('UFE') during the April 2018 billing period. ConEd had stated that new code in its Transmission Owner Data Reporting System (TODRS) was not accurately aggregating the metering data for all ESCOs. 12877765.PDF (Automatic PDF Download)
Ohio Governor Signs Nuclear Subsidy Bill
On July 22, 2019 the Ohio Governor signed House Bill 6, the nuclear and coal subsidy bill. House Bill 6 (automatic pdf download)
Update of Ohio’s Proposed Net Metering Rulemaking Process
With respect to the proposed Net Metering rules in Case 12-2050-EL-ORD, the rules adopted by the Commission on 02/27/2019 as Ohio Adm.Code 4901:1-10-28 are not yet effective, have not been cleared to file with Ohio’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). Note that, AEP Ohio and the Environmental Intervenors have filed appeals with the Ohio Supreme Court (Case 2019-0573 at: Supreme Court Appeals.
If the Commission’s decision were to be upheld by the Court and the Commission immediately filed the revised rule with JCARR, the soonest the revised rule could become effective is 76 days after PUCO has filed the new rule with JCARR. An overview is posted at: Overview of Net Metering Process.
New PUC Press Release on Utility Account Security
On July 11, 2019 The Pennsylvania PUC issues press release urging consumers to be conscious of utility account security and to report aggressive retail energy sales tactics to the PUC’s Bureau of Consumer Services (BCS). PUC Press Release
TPUC Sets Preliminary Date For Availability Of New Broker Registration Form
On the Commission’s July 18th Open Meeting Agenda, In Project No. 49779 Staff discussed its plans to file a revised registration form in Project No. 49711 on August 1, 2019 for the Commission’s consideration and possible action at the August 8, 2019 Open Meeting. Once a final form has been adopted, the form would be posted on the Commission’s website for broker registration. Project No. 49779 will be posted on the Commission's website.
Consultation Report On The Future of UK Retail Energy Markets Released
On July 22nd, the U.K.'s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem have released a consultation entitled “Flexible And Responsive Energy Retail Markets” that describes a future vision for the energy retail market and identifies key challenges that need to be addressed. See: “Flexible And Responsive Energy Retail Markets”
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