Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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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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CMS, Co-op Plan 400 Megawatt Illinois Plant

LCG, May 11, 2001CMS Energy Corp. said yesterday that it will partner with electric cooperative EnerStar Power Corp. in development of a 400 megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant southeast of Champaign, Ill.

The $160 million CStar Energy Project would be built on a reclaimed coal mine site between the Illinois towns of Murdock and Newman and be capable through its first phase of generating about 200 megawatts of electricity during times of heavy electric demand, with a second phase of another 200 megawatts planned.

The companies said the Douglas County Board of Commissioners has endorsed the project and permitting applications have been filed with state authorities. CMS will own 56 percent of the project and EnerStar the balance.

"We need a diversified power supply portfolio in order to control our power supply cost," said Tom Hentz, EnerStar president and chief executive. "We've seen the risk involved in the new deregulated market and one way to control risk is diversification. We also want to control our own destiny and one way to do that is to own a portion of our own generating plant."

For fuel, the new plant will tie into a CMS Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. pipeline not far from the site. Expected dates of construction and completion were not disclosed.

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