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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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Fitchburg G&E Asks Massachusetts for Rate Hike

LCG, May 29, 2001--Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. subsidiary has asked Massachusetts regulators for authority to increase electric rates to compensate for higher purchased power costs, the utility's parent holding company said Friday.

FG&E asked the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Telecommunications for permission to increase its standard offer service rates. Standard offer service is provided to customers who have not switched to a competitive service provider under the state's deregulation scheme.

When Massachusetts deregulated its electric industry, it created standard offer service for customers of record on March 1, 1998 who either could not switch or chose not to. Another form of service, electric default service, was created for customers who moved into a utility's service territory after March 1, 1998, or who had switched and them switched back to FG&E. Default service customers get power at market rates, without a markup being applied by the utility.

Because standard offer service rates have been below market rates, about 80 percent of FG&E customers get that service. The requested rate hike would result in an increase of between 9 and 13 percent, but the new rates would still be less than the market rate, according to utility spokeswoman Stephanye Schuyler.

If the increase is granted, a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see an increase of $6.15, or 9.3 percent. The rate hike would go into effect on July 1.

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