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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PG&E Unit Begins Building Big Arizona Power Plant

LCG, May 22, 2001PG&E Corp.'s National Energy Group, an affiliate of bankrupt California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co., began construction yesterday of a 1,048 megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined cycle merchant power plant on a site 70 miles west of Phoenix, Ariz.

The Harquahala Generating Plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in mid-2003. According to the National Energy Group, the plant will provide 35 full-time jobs when completed and will spend between $6 million and $7 million annually on local purchases. The facility will also generate more than $10 million a year in local property taxes.

Among those present at a ground breaking ceremony were Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and Arizona Corporation Commissioners Jim Irvin and Marc Spitzer. Tom Boren, chief executive of the national Energy Group, presented Wilcox with the first of 11 checks for $50,000 to the Harquahala Generating Community Fund.

Wilcox, in turn, said she was confident that the company would be careful about the environment "in the spirit of good corporate citizenship."

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