News & Events

 

On January 18, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed  the “CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018” into law.  The goal of this legislation is to:

  • · Reduce GHG emissions in the District by 50% by 2032 and 100% by 2050
  • · Achieve 100% renewable electricity in the District by 2032
  • · Develop Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) for buildings in the District
  • · Adopt Net Zero Energy (NZE) for new construction, starting in 2026

 

The legislation established a Building Energy Performance Standard Program (BEPS) to set benchmarks for energy performance for buildings in the District.   The standards will be established by the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and will initially apply to all private buildings with 50,000 square feet or greater and all District-owned buildings 10,000 square feet or greater.  These initial standards will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

In addition, private buildings 25,000 square feet or greater will have to comply with the BEPS standards by January 1, 2023. Private buildings greater than 10,000 square feet must comply by January 1, 2026.

The legislation also decreed that buildings which fail to meet a median or higher Energy Star rating will need to adopt and implement measures that either: (i) increase their rating to meet or exceed the median rating or (ii) achieve a 20% improvement in the building’s energy efficiency.  DOEE is still developing the standards and AOBA is actively participating in this process as are other AOBA members.

 

What you need to do now

  • Identify all buildings in your portfolio that are 50,000 square feet and above and ensure you are currently in compliance with DC Benchmarking Rules
  • Check the Energy Star rating for buildings, which are currently scheduled to be finalized in September 2019
  • Identify where the buildings in your portfolio rank in relation to the median scorea.
  • DOEE has provided guidance for the median Energy Star score for buildings in DC is 64 for commercial buildings and 66 for multifamily buildings.
  • Develop a plan for your path to compliance with the new standards

 

 

Pepco MD Rate Case

Pepco Rate Schedule

Pepco Proposed Increases to Distribution Rates

Approved Increases to Distribution Rates*

Residential

6.46%

2.50%

RTM

5.76%

2.50%

GS LV

5.76%

0.99%

MGT LV

4.54%

0.99%

MGT 3A

6.46%

2.50%

GT LV

4.54%

0.99%

GT 3B

0.00%

0.00%

GT 3A

6.46%

2.50%

TM RT

6.46%

2.50%

SL

7.15%

2.50%

SSL

6.46%

2.50%

TN

0.00%

0.00%

Total

$29.99 million

$10.29 million

* The above percentage increases are based on class averages on distribution rates. The amount of increase per customer will vary by the size of the account. Also, the increase will be affected by changes in the monthly Bill Stabilization Adjustment (“BSA”).

 

The meeting is Thursday October 24, 2019

10:00 am- 12:00 noon

The Waterford Reception Center

6715 Commerce Street

Springfield, VA 22150

The Presentations are now available on the AOBA Alliance website under the Energy Market Update tab.

Washington Gas Winter Preparedness Briefing for Interruptible Service Customers
in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

AOBA hosted guests from Washington Gas at a member briefing on Monday, September 24, 2018, and discussed winter preparedness for interruptible customers in advance of the 2018-2019 heating season. Please click here to view the meeting presentation.

Capacity Performance Costs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) has approved a “change in regulation” for PJM that
will require electricity suppliers to incur a new category of capacity related costs which will be labeled “Capacity Performance Costs.”These new “Capacity Performance Costs” will become effective as of June 1, 2016, and are expected to add to the total costs that all electricity suppliers must incur to provide firm electricity supply to their customers. The magnitude of the cost adjustments that
electricity suppliers may seek to pass on to customers as a result of PJM’s Capacity Performance program for the next three PJM planning years (i.e., June 1 – May 31 for 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19) have been determined through incremental capacity auctions.

The increase in costs is a result of the last couple of winters, particularly during the polar vortex experienced during the winter of 2013-2014, PJM found that natural gas-fired generators on whom they were relying to provide electricity supply and ensure the reliability of service were unable to perform
during periods of peak demand. In response to this problem, PJM has proposed, and FERC has approved (with some modifications), a plan to provide generators incentives to ensure the reliability of generation from power plants during periods of peak electrical demand, regardless of whether those periods occur
during summer or winter months. Those requirements will cause generators to incur greater costs to assure the reliability of their generation commitments or face the potential for substantial penalties for failure to perform. Please keep in mind that these new costs are the result of a change in regulatory policy and are expected to impact in a similar manner, the costs incurred by all electricity suppliers operating within PJM.

Washington Gas Interruptible Preparedness Briefing

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, AOBA hosted guests from Washington Gas at a breifing specifically for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants with interruptible natural gas accounts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Representatives from Washington Gas discussed the actions interruptible customers need to take this fall in order to be prepared for any potential interruption or curtailment that could be called during the upcoming winter. In addition, Washington Gas discussed the proposed changes to the Company's interruptible service tariffs in all three jurisdictions as well as the requirements that are currently in place for interruptible service customers.

Utility and Energy Market Update

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, the Utility and Energy Market Update was held for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants. The meeting topics included DC water rates, an energy market update, and utility updates for electricity and natural gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For budgeting purposes, AOBA recommends that members carefully review the content of the utility presentations, especially the surcharge rates and bill composition charts by rate class included for each utility for each of the three jurisdictions.

The utility presentations are currently available on both the AOBA and AOBA Alliance websites. For questions regarding the meeting presentations, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.

AOBA will hold the next Utility and Energy Market Update Briefing on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the AOBA office from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

 

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the Utility and Energy Market Update was held for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants. The meeting topics included DC water rates for 2015, an energy market briefing, and utility updates for electricity and natural gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For budgeting purposes, AOBA suggests members carefully review the content of the presentation, especially the budget impact charts and surcharge rates included for each utility, for each of the three jurisdictions. Although some numbers are not final at this time, we expect to have final estimates by September 2014.

The utility presenation is currently available on both the AOBA Alliance website and the AOBA website at http://www.aobaalliance.com/energy-market-update/utility-committee-presentations.html or http://www.aoba-metro.org/advocacy/utilities/utility-and-energy-market-briefings. For questions regarding the meeting presentation, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Utility Committee Meeting was held for AOBA members and AOBA Alliance participants. The meeting topics included DC water rates for 2014, an energy market briefing, and utility updates for electricity and natural gas in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For budgeting purposes, AOBA suggests that members carefully review the content of the presentation, especially the budget impact charts and surcharge rates included for each utility, for each of the three jurisdictions. The utility presentation is currently available on both the AOBA and AOBA Alliance websites at http://www.aoba-metro.org/advocacy/utilities/utility-committee-2.html or http://www.aobaalliance.com/energy-market-update/utility-committee-presentations.html . For questions regarding the meeting presentation, please contact Frann Francis or April Kreller at (202) 296-3390.