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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Williams Said to Be Close to Acquiring Gas Producer

LCG, May 7, 2001Big natural gas pipeline company The Williams Cos. is close to acquiring, Barrett Resources Corp., a large natural gas producer, for more than $2.3 billion in cash and stock, the New York Times reported this morning.

Williams appears to have trumped a hostile takeover bid of Barrett by the Royal Dutch/Shell group. An uninvited $2 billion bid in March by The Shell Oil Co., the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch/Shell, prompted Barrett to put itself up for sale, inviting bids from all comers.

The acquisition would turn Williams into a dominant vertically-integrated natural gas producer, distributor and transportation company by adding Barrett's 2.1 trillion feet of gas reserves to an already robust pipeline and trading operation.

According to persons close to the deal, Williams would pay Barrett shareholders a little more than $70 per share in cash and stock, with the distribution evenly split between cash and stock.

Neither company has commented on the transaction. A Shell spokesman wouldn't comment on the deal but said "We are disappointed that Barrett's management refused repeated attempts to meet with us even after our public commitment to negotiate all terms of a friendly transaction including price."

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