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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Maharashtra Annuls Enron's India Contract

LCG, May 25, 2001The Maharashtra State Electricity Board retaliated against Enron India yesterday by "annulling" its contract to purchase power from Enron's Dabhol Power Co. The move was in response to Enron's announcement last week of a preliminary termination notice.

"You can't quit," the MSEB said, "I quit first."

The MSEB denied that its decision last night was such a response, but was a "legal notice" provoked by Enron's failure to meet power delivery requirements called for in its contract. Enron said the charge was nonsense the power has been there, but Maharashtra doesn't want to pay for it.

Since the 740 megawatt first phase of the Dabhol project began commercial operations last year, Enron has had to fight tooth and nail for each month's payment for power delivered to the MSEB. With a 1,444 megawatt second phase set to begin producing power next month, the MSEB is attempting to force Enron to make a significant reduction in rates agreed to in 1994. Enron has said it will not re-negotiate the 1994 contract.

Last night, Enron said in a statement "MSEB has chosen an obscure and improper justification for attempting to rescind a contract that, in any event, was signed more than seven years ago."

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