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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Avista Rate Agreement Reached in Washington State

LCG, Mar. 5, 2002--Effective today, an agreement has been reached between Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities, the Public Counsel Section of the Washington Attorney General's Office, staff of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC), and the Avista corporation.

Avista has been approved to recover ninety percent of deferred power costs, incurred over the second half of last year, amounting to about $196 million. These costs were found to be acquired prudently and therefore will cease to be refundable; Avista sustains a 25 percent surcharge to assuage operating costs.

Avista serves customers in four western states, including 210,000 in eastern Washington, from which it derives 67 percent of total electric revenues. Avista will write off $21.8 million of deferred expenditures that it cannot recover through customer rates, yielding a $0.30 non-cash charge per diluted share. This change brings Avista's 2001 consolidated earnings down to $0.20 per diluted share.

A five percent monthly bill increase will follow for all customers; This charge results in an additional $2.92 per month for customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours, in a total charge of $55.81, which is still substantially below the national average.

Efforts to minimize the impact on customers include donating $50,000 to Project Share as well as extended payment programs and increasing awareness of pre-existing low-income programs.
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