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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Lenders May Vote Today on Fate of Enron India Plant

LCG, May 17, 2001Lenders to the Dabhol Power Project owned by Enron Corp. in India will decide today whether to cancel the project's contract to sell power to the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, Indian newspapers said this morning.

Discussions yesterday, involving only one Indian lender, the State Bank of India, and foreign lenders, deferred a decision until today when India's Industrial Development Bank, the Industrial Finance Corp. of India, Canara Bank and ICICI Bank Ltd. will participate.

Indian financial reporters expect the lenders to authorize Dabhol Power Co. to issue a notice to terminate the contract with the MSEB, but the Indian lenders are expected to oppose the proposal. Unlike the foreign financial institutions, they do not have their loans backed by the Indian government's sovereign guarantee.

Dabhol Power is India's single largest foreign investment. The 740 megawatt first phase of the plant went into production last year and Enron, the MSEB, the state of Maharashtra and the Indian government have been feuding ever since as Enron's Indian customers have proved to be reluctant to pay their electric bills.

Next month, with the completion of the second phase of the project, Dabhol's capacity will more than triple to 2,184 megawatts, and now the MSEB says it doesn't need the power, even though it agreed in 1995 to purchase all the output of the huge plant.

With their federal guarantees, foreign investors could walk away from Dabhol more or less whole, but Indian lenders have an exposure of about $1.4 billion.

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