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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Pennsylvania Okays GPU-First Energy Merger

LCG, May 25, 2001-- Pennsylvania utility regulators Thursday gave conditional approval to aproposed merger of GPU Inc. with Ohio-based First Energy Corp., but postponed a decision on GPU's request to raise rates, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said yesterday.

The commission voted 5-0 to approve the merger and then voted 4-1 to convene a "collaborative meeting" between the parties, to begin Tuesday and conclude no later than June 20. The commission said it would issue a final order by July 13, no matter what the collaboration produces.

The regulators attached conditions to their approval, Commissioner Terrance J. Fitzpatrick said. The combined company must agree to refrain from charging customers for costs associated with the deal or withdrawing transmission assets from the power grid that serves Pennsylvania.

The commission also required the companies to submit a detailed plan of anticipated job cuts within 60 day of the effective date of the merger to ensure that GPU's Pennsylvania employees do not pay the major price for "synergies" produced by the combination.

The new company formed by the merger will stretch from Ohio to the Jersey shore, will serve about 4.3 million customers and have annual revenue of around $12 billion.

GPU had sought a rate increase to offset the rising cost of wholesale power, even though it had agreed to a rate freeze through 2008 in earlier deregulation negotiations.

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