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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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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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AES May Build 300 Megawatt South San Francisco Plant

LCG, May 22, 2001AES Corp. said yesterday that a subsidiary is in discussions with officials of the city of South San Francisco about the possibility of building a 300 megawatt power plant in the community on San Francisco's southern border.

Today, officials of AES Pacific were to join in a public meeting with officials and business leaders of the city and representatives of the California Energy Commission to test the waters for the power plant.

Despite a desperate shortage of electric supply in comparison to burgeoning demand in California, there has been fierce local opposition to construction of new power plants. The Wall Street Journal once said the problem in the Golden State is worse than "NIMBY," or "not in my back yard."

It's "BANANA," the Wall Street said "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anybody."

There are hopes that South City, which bills itself as "the industrial city," will be immune from that sort of obstructionism.

Kevin DeGeorge, project manager for AES Pacific, said the company was thinking in terms of a peaking facility, fueled by natural gas, but added "Everything at this stage is very preliminary. We want to hear what the public has to say."
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