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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AES Moves on Oman Power-Desalination Plant

LCG, May 7, 2001AES Corp. said Friday that an ad hoc subsidiary has secured $348.6 million in bank financing for a project in Oman that will provide 20 million gallons per day of desalinated water and 427 megawatts of electric power.

AES has an 85 percent interest in the project, AES Barka SAOC, with Multitech, a local partner owning the balance. ANZ Investment Bank and Arab Banking Corp. acted as lead arrangers on the financing, which is subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.

The power facility is being designed and built by a consortium of Enelpower SpA of Italy and Hitachi Zosen of Japan. AES said it expects the final notice to proceed will be issued on June 1 and has scheduled commercial operations for April 2003.

The electrical and water output from the facility will be sold to the Omani Ministry of Electricity and Water under a 15 year power and water purchase agreement. Gas will be supplied by the Ministry of Gasunder a 15 year natural gas supply agreement.

Venu Nambiar, project director of AES Barka, said, "Work by our contractor is on schedule and we now have completed our bank financing. We expect to produce competitively priced power and water in time for the peak summer of 2003. Since Barka will be among the lowest cost producers in Oman, we believe we can serve electric and water customers competitively for decades to come."

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