EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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Dominion Energy Virginia Pursues 500 MW of Renewable Projects

LCG, August 8, 2019--Dominion Energy Virginia announced Monday that it is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of renewable capacity in both 2021 and 2022 to increase its clean energy resources. Dominion Energy stated that it is committed to having 3,000 MW of solar and wind in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022. This near-term step is part of an ultimate company commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 across the 18 states it serves.

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Idaho Power to Boost Electric Rates 23 Percent

LCG, May 2, 2001--The Idaho Public Utilities Commission yesterday granted the largest electricity rate hike in the history of Idaho Power Co. and there may be another increase in rates this summer. The new rates will take effect immediately.

In a unanimous ruling, the PUC gave Idaho Power permission to collect $168.3 million of the $227.4 million the company had asked for in its annual power cost adjustment filing, essentially boosting overall rates by about 25 percent.

Idaho Power chief executive Jan Packwood acknowledged "This is one whopping rate increase," but noted that the bulk of the increase about three-quarters of it was to cover the high costs of wholesale power which have soared as a result of the deregulation fiasco in California.

"We understand this will create hardships for some people," Packwood said. "It certainly will have ramifications for the Idaho economy as well."

The PUC will hold hearing again this summer to see if another rate hike is justified, and it could be, given the expected high cost of wholesale power likely to result when California tries to avoid rolling blackouts by having state agencies purchase power in the spot market.

"I hope everyone recognizes by now that we are in the midst of an unprecedented energy crisis, and during such times it is essential that rates for customers not be set artificially low," Packwood said. "We anticipate that prices will remain high throughout this year and into next. It is in no one's interest ifwholesale prices are sky-high and not reflected in the actual prices that customers pay."

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