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Utility Committee Energy Market Update August 17th 11AM

Utility Rate Increases  Washington Gas Light Company Rate Requests in DC and Virginia – Rate Impacts.   
  Potomac Electric Power Company Rate Increases in DC and MD – Rate Impacts 
  Dominion – Increase in VA Fuel Rate
  Water Rates in DC, Maryland and Virginia – Update
Energy Market Update  AOBA and Constellation will present a State of the Energy Market that will help members plan their budget increases for the coming year.

William Sticka, Director, Technical Sales/Market Strategy for Constellation, will present a comprehensive update and view on the wholesale natural gas and electric markets and the impact on energy supply contracting for our members.

Bruce R. Oliver, President of Revilo Hill Associates, Inc. and Chief Economist for AOBA, will present a view of long-term energy market expectations and the Pepco Standard Offer Service process. Bruce will offer guidance on planning for future long-term energy contracting decisions for members.

Frann Francis, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AOBA, and Kevin Carey, Vice President Operations of AOBA Alliance, will update the regulatory landscape and discuss rate cases currently being contested and what members can expect for rate impacts from Pepco, Washington Gas, Dominion and DC Water in the 2022-2023 time horizon.

DC Annual Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Report Published

Attached is the Annual DC REPS report for CY 2021

Some hi-lights

  • Added 2,337 new solar energy systems including 82 community renewable energy facilities (“CREFs”)
  • CREFs now have 26.5 MWs of capacity installed in the District
  • In total, DC added 37 MWs of Solar capacity for a year end total of 191.8 MWs of Solar
  • Wards 5,7 and 8 are the highest solar producing Wards
  • The total cost of compliance was $99.1 million for all suppliers (who in turn collect from members and residents in the commodity portion of the bill)
  • The average price for one DC Solar Renewable Energy Credit was $430 in 2021- the highest in the nation which helps explain why RPS charges on your energy supply charges now comprise ~10% of the total cost 

Annual Report

Maryland Passes Senate Bill 528

The Maryland General Assembly approved an amended SB 528, the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022, during the 2022 General Assembly.

Maryland Governor Hogan, who opposed SB 528, with amendments, allowed the legislation passed by the General Assembly to become law without his signature on April 8, 2022. The Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 takes effect June 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 528 Overview

Montgomery County Passes BEPS Bill

On April 19, 2022, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed Bill 16-21- Environmental Sustainability- Building Energy Use Benchmarking and Performance Standards.  The Department of Environmental Protection has until December 2023 to issue the regulations that will govern building energy performance standards. 

This bill comes on the heels of the State legislature passing Senate Bill 528, Climate Solutions Bill – which addresses similar issues at the state level.  The original state bill included language that would have exempted buildings from the State law if their local county enacted similar legislation, i.e. local county regulations would trump the state regulations.  However, this language was stricken from the final state law and there is a question of whether the intent of the General Assembly was to preempt any local legislation by this language change.

The Office of the County Attorney (OCA) believes that this was not a clear preemption and that this does not impact the County’s ability to proceed with its own benchmarking and performance standard measures.

AOBA staff continues to monitor the State and County’s development of BEPS regulations and is working  County officials to ensure industry representation on the regulation advisory taskforce. 

County Staff Report on Bill 16-21