Month: July 2022

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 for 2021 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 for 2021

Prince George’s County Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Legislation Dies in Committee Due to Preemption Concerns Raised by AOBA

At its June 23 hearing, the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee of the Prince George’s County Council voted to hold CB-26-22 indefinitely. The Committee’s action effectively kills the legislation, which would have established BEPS for the following building types:

* Multifamily residential or mixed-use covered buildings equal to or exceeding 250,000 square feet

* Non-residential buildings equal or greater than 50,000 square feet, but less than 250,000 square feet

* Non-residential buildings that equals or exceeds 10,000 square feet, but less than 50,000 square feet.

* Multifamily residential or mixed-use covered buildings equal to or exceeding 250,000 square feet

* Multifamily residential or mixed-use covered buildings equal to or exceeding 10,000 square feet, but less than 250,000 square feet

Montgomery County Interpretation

The decision was based on a legal interpretation by the Montgomery County Office of the County Attorney (OCA) that the legislation is preempted by the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 (S.B. 528), a statewide climate bill that establishes similar requirements. AOBA submitted a statement for the hearing raising the preemption issue.  The statement read in part: 

“Finally, there is an open question of law related to the viability of both the proposed Prince George’s legislation, as well as the recently passed Montgomery County Bill, specifically, whether the local legislation is pre-empted by Maryland Senate Bill 528, The Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022.  The Office of the County Attorney (OCA) in Montgomery County has offered an interpretation of the pre-emption of state legislation. However, the County Attorney leaves open the potential of the local legislation being challenged in the courts. AOBA has concluded that the pre-emption issue will likely be resolved in court. It is imperative that AOBA ensure that members are not ensnared in a conflicting battle between a state and county law when the State law pre-empts the local legislation.”

AOBA’s Impact

In a big win for AOBA members, the Prince George’s County Office of Law investigated the matter and made the appropriate finding. The decision means Prince George’s County members will not have to comply with two sets of energy efficiency standards, saving housing providers staff resources, time, and money.