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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California Public Utilities Commission Extends Self-Generation Incentive

LCG, March 5, 2002-The one-megawatt limit previously assigned to those receiving Self Generation Incentive money from California has been expanded.

Petitioned by Kawasaki regarding its Gas Turbine, the California Public Utilities Commission broadened the size requirements for its Self Generation Incentive program, which doles out $125 million per year to commercial and industrial electricity users.

The Self Generation Incentive Program, effective March of last year, funds customers of PG&E, California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Gas Co. in order that they may install wind turbines, fuel cells, internal combustion engines, and other devices, in addition to funding the use of renewable fuel. Previously limited to customers with 1.0-megawatt projects, the program now includes those who use up to 1.5 megawatts.

While maximum size of eligible parties has been increased to 1.5 megawatts, the project incentive will still be scaled according to the first megawatt. Additionally, unused Self Generation Incentive annual funds will now carry over into the following year, and the Corporate Parent Cap Size has expanded to 1.5 megawatts per single project.

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