Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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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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Relicensing Sought for North Anna, Surry Nukes

LCG, May 31, 2001--Dominion Resources Inc. said yesterday it had filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the operating licenses of its two Virginia nuclear power plants for an additional 20 years.

If approved as expected, the license extensions would permit the two 900 megawatt reactors at the North Anna plant near Richmond to operate until 2038 and 2040. The two 800 megawatt reactors at the Surry nuclear power plant near Newport News would be authorized to operate until 2031 and 2033.

The 103 commercial reactors operating in the U.S. were originally granted 40-year operating licenses by the NRC, but an industry-wide improvement in its "nuclear safety culture" and stringent operating and maintenance oversight by the federal agency have most, if not all, running better than ever.

The NRC has set up guidelines for nuclear operators seeking to renew licenses, requiring operators to show a 20-year operating history and to demonstrate that continued operation would not endanger public health or safety or harm the environment.

Because of the low cost of uranium fuel, the nation's nuclear power plants were able to produce power for 1.83 cents per kilowatt-hour in 1999, the most recent year for which figures are available. That is lower than the cost of producing power from coal, and to top it off, nuclear plants now typically operate at around 90 percent of capacity, day in and day out, and even skeptics are coming to realize they do so without emitting any pollutants.

Because of these considerations, industry observers expect operators of nearly all 103 reactors to apply for license extensions.

"It's a pretty high number that we're looking at and that's a good reason to get in line early," saidDominion Resources spokesman Jim Norvelle. He said it would take about two years for the NRC to approve the applications.

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