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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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Nevada Power Says High-Priced Power Could Boost Rates

LCG, Mar. 5, 2002--The first day of a series of rate filing hearings by Nevada Power Co., the utility, elicited a note of caution on a possible additional 15 percent rate increase request.

The 15 percent would be in addition to an increase included in the filing being considered, which the utility says is based on the need to recover fuel and wholesale power costs paid last summer. The possible 15 percent rate request disclosed by senior vice president Steve Oldham would be needed, he said, if power purchase contracts that spread costs over time cannot be obtained. The energy costs already incurred total $922 million, and would be spread over three years, beginning April 1. If approved, the increase in the filing plus the impact of non-energy expenses would amount to a 23 percent boost in rates.

At the hearing, which took place Monday, Oldham noted that he was optimistic about the possibility of signing longer-term contracts, before more costly contracts were necessary at a later date. If a request for a one-year increase is made, it would take place with the next energy rate case, on Dec. 1.

Nevada Power last month requested unsuccessfully that the payback period for the $922 million be extended to six years, rather than the three years required by state law. Part of that cost would be made up of a 9.66 interest charge on the unpaid balance, which the company has justified as being necessary to provide sufficient return of capital to shareholders in the utility.

According to Dennis Schiffel, chief financial officer of the company, the rating services Moodys and Standard & Poors are considering a downgrade of the utilitys debt below investment grade. This would trigger an increase in borrowing costs.
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