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March 31, 2017
NEM 20th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference

NEM will convene its 20th Annual National Energy Restructuring Conference on April 26th-28th, 2017. The conference will begin with a Welcome Reception on the evening of April 26th at the University Club in Washington, DC. The next two days of substantive discussion will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

You may register for the conference at this hotlink. A Draft Agenda is forthcoming.

Illinois
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Illinois Power Agency Workshops on Revised RPS

The Illinois Power Agency will convene workshops on the implementation of the revised Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard under the Future Energy Jobs Act, which take effect June 1, 2017.

The IPA workshops will include:
May 10 - Initial Forward Procurements (Utility-scale wind, utility-scale/brownfield solar)
May 17 - Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan: Overview of the Plan, Adjustable Block Programs
May 18 - Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan: Community Solar; Illinois Solar for All Programs
May 24 - Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan: Programs for Rural Communities

The Workshop Announcement is available here.

New York
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Staff and NYSERDA Submit Final Clean Energy Standard Phase 1 Implementation Plan

Staff and NYSERDA submitted a Final Clean Energy Standard Phase 1 Implementation Plan in conformance with a February 2017 Commission Order reviewing a proposed plan. Of particular importance is the section pertaining to LSE Demonstration of Compliance. It describes the LSE obligations to demonstrate compliance with Renewable Energy Standard (RES) and Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) programs. The twelve-month RES compliance period runs January 1-December 31, and the twelve-month ZEC compliance period runs April 1-March 31. LSEs must register with NYGATS to transact RECs and ZECs and for compliance reporting.

LSE RES and ZEC compliance obligations will be computed as follows:
"Each LSE’s RES Tier 1 compliance obligation is determined based on a calculation of the annual LSE load multiplied by the annual Tier 1 RES obligation percentage. Each LSE’s ZEC compliance obligation is determined based on a calculation of the annual load share ratio for the LSE multiplied by the annual ZEC obligation. Pursuant to the NYGATS Operating Rules, load is calculated by using NYISO version 2 generation data and adding generation from load modifiers utilized by distribution utilities. The load modifier data adjusts the total load as well as the total load served by the LSE utilizing the load modifier(s). The adjusted total load served by each LSE is then divided by the adjusted total statewide load to determine the percentage of total load served by each LSE.

Presently, the NYISO generation data is reported by the NYISO to NYGATS on a monthly basis and load modifier data is reported to DPS by the distribution utilities on an annual basis. In order for accurate calculation of load share ratio, upon which accurate calculation of RES and ZEC program targets and obligations are based, commencing in January of 2017, electric distribution utilities must report the total monthly generation data for each load modifier facility directly to NYGATS on a monthly basis."

The Plan also discusses how LSE load will be calculated and compliance reports will be generated. Regarding the RES Compliance Report, "NYISO version 2 data for the RES compliance period will be available in NYGATS in May of 2018. In June of 2018, LSE loads for the 2017 RES compliance period will be calculated and Preliminary RES Compliance Report will be generated that includes:
1) LSE load for January - December 2017
2) Actual 2017 Tier 1 REC compliance obligation
3) Current balance of Tier 1 RECs in the LSE account

After the Preliminary Report, has been generated, a thirty-day reconciliation period commences during which an LSE can finalize Tier 1 REC transactions for the compliance period in order to satisfy their compliance obligation. At the end of this reconciliation period, trading for the vintage year closes in NYGATS. With the closing of trading, LSE’s can no longer transfer certificates into or out of their vintage year EDP Subaccount. Tier 1 RECs transferred into vintage year EDP Subaccounts will be used for demonstration of compliance in the RES program for the corresponding compliance period. In July of 2018, a Final 2017 RES Compliance Report will be generated which contains the same elements as the preliminary report, updated to reflect the amount of Tier 1 RECs in the LSE’s 2017 vintage year EDP Subaccount(s). After settlement of the 2017 vintage occurs, this final compliance report remains a static record of the quantity of Tier 1 RECs the LSE used for compliance in the 2017 RES compliance period." LSEs may also use Alternative Compliance Payments to satisfy their RES obligations.

Regarding the NYGATS ZEC Compliance Report, "NYISO version 2 data for the ZEC compliance period will be available in NYGATS in August 2018. In September 2018 the actual load share ratio for the ZEC compliance period will be calculated. A Preliminary ZEC Compliance Report will be generated that includes:
1) LSE load for April 2017-March 2018
2) LSE load share ratio for April 2017-March 2018
3) Actual 2017-2018 compliance period ZEC compliance obligation (total ZECs generated by eligible facilities (not to exceed purchase cap) multiplied by LSE load share ratio)
4) April 2017-March 2018 vintage ZECs in the LSE account

After the Preliminary Report has been generated, a thirty-day reconciliation period commences during which an LSE can finalize ZEC transactions for the compliance period in order to satisfy their compliance obligation. At the end of this reconciliation period, a Final 2017-2018 ZEC Compliance Report will be generated which contains the same elements as the preliminary report, updated to reflect the amount of April 2017- March 2018 vintage ZECs in the LSE Account. After settlement of the 2017 data occurs, this compliance reports remains a static record of the quantity of ZECs the LSE used for compliance in the 2017-2018 ZEC compliance period."

The full text of the CES Final Phase 1 Implementation Plan is available on the NEM Website.

Joint Utilities REV Webinars

The Joint Utilities of New York will be hosting two webinars in connection with the REV proceeding. The purpose of the webinars is to provide an overview of the 2017 implementation plans included in the Supplemental Distributed System Implementation Plan (SDSIP) and to discuss upcoming stakeholder engagement opportunities. A webinar on "Hosting Capacity, Interconnection, Monitoring and Control, ISO-DSP Coordination, Forecasting" will be held April 21st from 9AM to 10:30AM. A webinar on "DER Sourcing, System Data, Customer Data, Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment" will be held on April 27th from 2:30PM to 4PM. Registration information is available at this link.

Pennsylvania
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OCMO Reminders About Door to Door Sales Practices

Coincident with a Commission press release about door-to-door sales by energy suppliers, the Office of Competitive Market Oversight sent an email to suppliers to remind them about applicable requirements. The email advised:

"We remind suppliers engaged in residential door-to-door sales that in addition to our Chapter 111 marketing regulations, local ordinances must also be respected. If a local ordinance is stricter – then the local ordinance applies. See 52 Pa. Code 111.9 – available at this web link: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/052/chapter111/s111.9.html

All door-to-door agents must have criminal background checks (including the “Megan’s Law” registry) performed prior to being on the street. See 52 Pa. Code 111.4 – available at this weblink: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/052/chapter111/s111.4.html

Also, suppliers engaged in residential door-to-door sales are expected to inform the Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Services (BCS) and the local utility. The notices to the BCS should include geographic location (municipalities) and dates of operations – and can be directed to the Commission’s door-to-door inbox: RA-PCDOORTODOOR@pa.gov . This reporting requirement can be found at this web link: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/052/chapter111/s111.14.html"



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