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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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Texans Could Get a Summer Electric Bill Rebate

LCG, May 10, 2001The Texas House of Representatives tentatively approved legislation that would give electric utility customers a refund late this summer, despite protests from utilities that "It's premature to be tinkering" with the state's 1999 electric deregulation law.

Customers of Reliant Energy Inc. in the Houston area would see refunds of up to $120 and those of TXU Utilities Co. would get about $54 if the House gives final approval to the measure, it passes in the Senate and is signed into law.

Those are a lot of "ifs" and the utilities say they will fight the measure every step of the way.

When the deregulation law was passed, investor-owned utilities were allowed to accumulate certain "excess" earnings as a hedge against anticipated losses resulting from changes in the industry. The overcharges were to be reconciled with actual losses in 2004.

The losses have not materialized "as yet," say the utilities and some politicians look on the accumulated money as a way to buy votes. "Don't let the message go out that we have a chance to lower their bills and we voted 'No,'" said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Sylvester Turner, a Houston Democrat.

The utilities say coughing up the money could produce financial instability and that could lead to problems like those in California.

But Texas-size problems appear to be a lot smaller than California-size problems. Turner's measure would cost TXU about $212 million, Reliant around $146 million and Central Power & Light Co. a measly $8 million.

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