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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Korean Union Members Strike Against Privatization

LCG, March 8, 2002-A thirteen hour talk with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) failed to progress as over 5,000 union members continue an illegal strike.

Workers at the South Korean monopoly fear for their jobs as the country prepares for privatizing power. The illegal strike is in its twelfth day, and warrants have been issued for union leaders, although police have made no arrests yet.

Labor Minister Bang Yong-seok said that the government will privatize regardless of strikers and sees "zero possibility to change this policy." KEPCO, having been split into six pieces, plans to sell of all but the sixth part, which leaves nuclear and hydroelectric power to the state.

1,000 temporary workers have been hired, but union leaders refuse to back down. If the government goes through with privatization, the Korean Confederation of Trade Union, consisting of some 600,000 members, says it will join in a sympathy strike.

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