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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FERC Proposes Standard Market Framework

LCG, March 13, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) presented an outline for nationally standardizing the U.S. energy market.

The Commission will provide a paper on standard market design involving the development of open-access transmission tariff which would fall under the administration of regional transmission organizers (RTO). RTO's will be responsible for preventing generators from influencing prices by withholding power.

After the Supreme Court Decision last week validating FERC's authority over wholesale transmission sales, the commission is in a position to dictate rules for the competitive market, taking control from the hands of state regulators.

FERC plans to instate a method for electricity pricing called Location Marginal Pricing (LMP), an approach used by mid-Atlantic PJM Interconnection LLC which allows those in the market to circumvent price risk from congestion.

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