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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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California to Pay Fine for Ethics Violation

LCG, March 8, 2002-California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) admitted it did not require 52 energy consultants to reveal accounts and will incur a $69,500 fine.

During last year's energy crisis, many DWR staff, hired at the last minute to help the state buy power, neglected to disclose information regarding energy deals, stock holdings and other energy investments. "In some of these instances, we had a delay in notifying the consultant of their obligation to file. Essentially, we were late," said DWR spokesman Oscar Hidalgo.

In July last year Secretary of State Bill Jones charged that consultants bought power for California from companies in which they personally owned stock. Five were dismissed in August. Those who failed to give statements were more than 100 days late providing the required information.

The DWR avoided paying the maximum fine of $260,000, which still pales in comparison with the $43 billion worth of contracts that California signed. Criminal investigation by Attorney General Bill Lockyer is ongoing.

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