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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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US Supreme Court Upholds FERC Open Access Order

LCG, Mar. 4, 2002--The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in support of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that forced utilities to make transmission access open to energy suppliers that do not own their own transmission lines.

FERC Order 888 was issued by the FERC in 1996 in recognition of the incentive that transmission-owning utilities have to give preferential access to their own power transmission needs. The order was being challenged by the regulatory commissions of nine states, including New York, Florida, Idaho, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Vermont and Wyoming. They contended that FERC overstepped its authority by intruding on states' ability to regulate retail markets.

Richard Pierce Jr., a law professor at George Washington University, said the implication of the ruling "is terribly important for anybody who's a consumer and interested in getting a level playing field." About half of the states ended monopolies in retail power markets following the order by FERC.

In their 6-3 ruling, the Justices found that the FERC was justified in regulating unbundled retail transmission service, but not bundled services, which was sought by a leading supporter of open access, Enron. FERC's approach had been concerned only with unbundled services.

A spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, Jim Owen, said, "the decision today reaffirms the wisdom of FERC's approach."
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