DWGP congratulates Clarence Hawkes on his election as Under Secretary of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE). He will be serving in this position as part of the chapter’s board for the next two years.
Lauren Perkins, of DWGP, moderated a panel consisting of Brian D’Agostino of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”); Gary Fitts of Nobleprofit and Greenware Technologies; Steven Weissman of University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and Senior Policy Advisor to the Center for Sustainable Energy; and Samir Hafez, a student of the University of San Diego School of Law.
DWGP attorney Derek Dyson spoke on ocean energy thermal conversion (OTEC) technology and the viability of development at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) sponsored Caribbean Marine Energy Technology Forum 2019 (CARIMET) on November 6-7, 2019, in St. George's, Grenada. Mr. Dyson presented on behalf of Cayman OTEC International Limited, a direct subsidiary of OTI International, LLC, and The Abell Foundation. The Abell Foundation has acted as an agent of change by supporting results-oriented efforts to ameliorate the systemic social, economic, and environmental challenges encountered by those living in concentrated poverty. Mr. Dyson has been working with Cayman OTEC to promote and develop off-shore power for service within Grand Cayman. The 12.5 MW Cayman OTEC power plant will reduce electricity rates for Cayman consumers, has completed a thorough environmental assessment and would be the first commercially-financed, utility-scale OTEC facility.
Derek Dyson presented on the utilization of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) financing for project development at this year's 2019 APPA Legal and Regulatory Conference in Portland, Oregon. For more information, contact Derek Dyson.
Sean Neal presented on Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) considerations at the state and federal level at the 2019 APPA Legal and Regulatory Conference. For more information, contact Sean Neal.
DWGP attorneys Bhaveeta Mody and Kristen Connolly McCullough spoke at the APPA October 2019 Legal and Regulatory Conference as part of a Transmission Report panel to address various FERC filings and issuances in the past year that have the potential to significantly impact the costs of transmission service and transmission infrastructure development, including as to transmission incentive rates, return on equity, and transmission planning and cost allocation.
Sue Kelly and NYAPP Officers: Travis DuBois, Paul J. Pallas, Mark Schneider and David L. Leathers
Sue Kelly was named the 2019 recipient of the New York Association of Public Power’s Wallace L. Duncan Public Power Award. American Public Power Association’s CEO, Sue Kelly, who has served in that role since 2014, will retire at the end of 2019. NYAPP is composed of 9 municipal electric utilities and four rural electric cooperatives.
On September 20, 2019, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded thermal power generating facility in Kayenta, Arizona. The project, known as Kayenta II, is the first and only utility-scale solar power generation facility to be 100% owned and operated by a tribal nation in the United States. The Kayenta project, which includes an earlier phase of 27.5 installed megawatts completed in late 2017, now totals approximately 55 megawatts of installed solar capacity. The project will serve approximately 36,000 residents and businesses within the Navajo Nation. NTUA also partnered with Salt River Project in a power purchase agreement for the offtake of the excess energy generated, as well as, the renewable energy credits produced from the Kayenta facility.