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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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New England Ready for Summer, ISO Says

LCG, May 18, 2001The operator of New England's bulk power grid said yesterday that there should be a sufficient supply of electricity to meet the summer needs of the region, refuting in part a report released Tuesday by the North American Electric Reliability Council.

ISO-New England said that NERC did not take into account firm agreements with Hydro-Quebec of Canada for at least 1,500 megawatts of power.

In its Summer 2001 forecast released last month, the ISO said that despite projected record-setting demand the region should not face blackouts, but conceded that extremely hot days or an extended heat wave could require the implementation of conservation measures.

"ISO New England is forecasting an adequate supply of electricity for the New England region thissummer," Stephen G. Whitley, vice president for system operations, said. "New England does not face the supply problems that are at the root of the crisis in California. Because of the addition of several new power plants throughout the New England region over the past two years, the growth in supply is outpacing the growth in demand."

With 1,000 megawatts of new electric generation added since June 2000, and another 1,600 megawatts expected to be on-line this summer, New England projects a reserve margin of almost 19%, which is higher than most other areas of the country, the ISO said.

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