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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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PG&E Submits Revised Plan Designed to End Debts

LCG, March 11, 2002-On Thursday, PG&E filed an alternate plan for dealing with its bankruptcy. The first plan was rejected by Judge Dennis Montali because it allowed PG&E to preempt state law, splitting up PG&E's assets.

The new plan requires redistributing $8 billion worth of PG&E assets into three companies, yeilding much state control over to the federal government. This plan does not deviate much from the PG&E's earlier attempt to split itself up, although this time 78,000 acres of watershed land would remain in PG&E's hands; state and federal officials, environmental groups, and farmers were concerned that authority over these environmentally-sensitive lands might be handed over. PG&E still wants to preempt other state laws, however, including those prohibiting the sale or transfer of power plants until 2006.

The state has other plans for PG&E, and while the corporation believes its new filing will pull it out of debt and allow it to pay creditors, California says PG&E should use pre-existing funds to pay off its debt.

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