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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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Mirant Looking for Partner to Provide Credit Support

LCG, Mar. 6, 2002--The power producer and energy trading company Mirant Corp. is in talks with potential providers of capital to bolster its trading operations.

Marce Fuller, Mirant's chief executive, confirmed the talks, which he told a Morgan Stanley-sponsored investor conference are being conducted with commercial banks, investment banks and insurance companies. If a deal is reached by June 30, as Mirant intends, the company would no longer need to support its trading by putting up $500 million of its own capital to provide liquidity.

Jeffrey Gildersleeve, an analyst with Argus Research, said, "you're at a disadvantage when you don't have a solid financial backbone. Potential customers might shy away." With its balance sheet under greater scrutiny following the collapse of Enron and retreating from its aggressive development of new power plants, Mirant hopes to improve its credit rating, downgraded to junk status by Moody's in December.

If Moody's were to restore the company's credit rating, it would mark an exceptionally fast reversal from the rating service, Fuller noted. While the company's creditworthiness is being monitored closely, in Gildersleeve's opinion, "it has become consensus that Mirant management has been extremely proactive in shoring up its balance sheet and proving its financial strength." One move in that direction was the sale of German utility Bewag AG, a deal worth about $1.2 billion.
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