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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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Yakama Tribe Bills Bonneville for Rain-Making

LCG, May 23, 2001The Yakama Indian Nation of Washington state has sent the Bonneville Power Administration a bill for $32,000, seeking payment for two ritual rain-making ceremonies the tribe claims will help the federal operator of hydroelectric facilities produce more power this summer.

The Pacific Northwest has suffered through a persistent drought that has severely curtailed power production at Bonneville's 29 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, forcing large aluminum smelters to curtail production or shut down operations and eliminating power available for export to California.

The drought also has the states of Washington and Oregon scrambling to find sufficient electricity production to meet their own needs. Large diesel generators are being installed near Wenatchee, within view of the Columbia, and in Tacoma.

With the water shortage threatening to continue, the Yakima tribe talked to Bonneville about producing some rain. Mike Hansen, a Bonneville spokesman, said the agency's acting administrator, Steve Wright, talked in March to representatives of the Indian Nation about "traditional" methods of encouraging rainfall.

Hansen said Wright was willing to listen but apparently Randy Settler, a tribal council member, thought the conversation was a go-ahead. The tribe went ahead with two ceremonies in the central Washington mountains in March, bringing traditional foods such as roots and berries, and thinks the ritual did some good.

At the Yakima airport, 1.86 inches of rain has been recorded since the first of the year, withmore than half of that -- 0.98 inches, occurring since March 1, the Associated Press reported. The year-to-date total is 1.47 inches below normal, while the amount since March 1 is 0.40 inches less than normal.

"We've had more rain since those events," Settler said. "We've had a lot of rain."

So, the Yakama Indian Nation sent Bonneville a $32,000 bill for the rain-making. Hansen said the invoice was "pretty vague" about the details, adding that Bonneville would not pay the bill.

"It was pretty much a blow to me to hear from the (Bonneville) administrator that he couldn't find the funds ... to assist in this," Settler said.

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