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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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Iowa Utility Cuts Service as Power Supply Falters

May 15, 2001Alliant Energy Corp. declared a power conservation alert yesterday for its customers in Iowa and began curtailing service as the result of insufficient power supply and transmission constraints. The company was unsure of the root cause of the problem.

"What we're looking into is whether there is a problem with a power plant somewhere," said John Ruff, an Alliant spokesman. The company began shutting off power to customers, including schools, yesterday morning.

Alliant is the company formed by a merger between Wisconsin Power & Light Co. and two Iowa utilities. The company was among supporters of legislation that would have streamlined the process of building new power plants in Iowa, but the measure died in the Iowa legislature when lawmakers adjourned for the year earlier this month.

Ruff said Alliant had been notified of a transmission problem by the Mid-American Interconnected Network, or MAIN, which oversees reliability of electricity transmission in a region including all of Illinois and parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Missouri.

MAIN said a number of Iowa power plants were shut down yesterday, which caused an increase in power imports from Illinios. That has caused some very heavy loading on transmission lines into Iowa in the Quad Cities area," said MAIN spokeswoman Jackie Olson.

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