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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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Southern California Edison Nearly Debt-Free

LCG, Mar. 1, 2002--Southern California Edison today is expected to pay out about $5.5 billion, removing debt from the utility's books, and taking care of overdue bills from power suppliers large and small.

The payments would be made partly from $3.4 billion of available cash, and from $400 million collected from ratepayers in the last two months. The utility has been working to secure a loan from investment banks worth $1.6 billion, backed by Edison first mortgage bonds, which are secured by its assets.

In January 2001, Edison went into debt after failing to make payments to suppliers for deliveries in November and December of the year just past. If the payments expected today are carried out, Edison would still not be considered creditworthy. It expects to continue to make up for the difference between its collections from ratepayers and the prices at which it bought power through next year. As part of a settlement of a suit SCE brought against the California Public Utilities Commission last year, the state must maintain higher power rates at least until SCE has recovered the difference in full.

"Payment is contingent on closing the financing, but it is still our intent to make the payments tomorrow," Brian Bennet, vice president of external affairs for Edison International, the company's parent, said.
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