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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Regulators to Review Florida Power & Light Base Rates

LCG, May 16, 2001The Florida Public Service Commission yesterday approved a staff recommendation that it conduct a full review of the base rates of Florida Power & Light Co., the operating subsidiary of FPL Group Inc.

Once the regulators make their initial filings, FPL will have until August 15 to provide financial information.

"We are disappointed that the Commission decided to initiate a rate proceeding to review FPL's rates. This action is a step back from incentive-based regulation to the time-consuming and costly rateproceedings of years past," grumped Paul Evanson, president of the utility.


"We believe our current three-year revenue-sharing agreement, which still has one year to run, hasalready provided significant savings of more than $800 million for our customers. Embarking on acollaborative process aimed toward a new incentive-based agreement would have yielded far betterresults for our customers," he added.

Separately, FPL said it, Florida Power Corp. and Tampa Electric Co. have requested that the commission open a separate generic docket to address issues related to their participation in a regional transmission organization the call GridFlorida. The companies say they are forming the RTO in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders.

The commission deferred consideration of the utilities' motion, which also upset Evanson. "Without resolution of the PSC's concerns associated with GridFlorida, the participants will re-evaluate the timing and developmental plans for the RTO," he said.

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