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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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EU Energy Plan Opens Market

LCG, March 18, 2002-After France conceded, the European Union came to the decision to open energy markets.

Over the past weeks France has been avoiding giving in to pressure from the rest of the EU regarding creating a free market to replace its state-run energy industry. However, France conceded this past Saturday at the EU summit, and European energy markets will be opened to competition.

Officials from pre-election France were hesitant to take up free-market initiatives and were not convinced that competitive markets would improve service. The EU has planned to make decisions sometime this year regarding how governments will protect non-commercial energy supply to the public, an issue France has insisted be addressed.

The EU will allow private gas and electricity companies to operate freely within the 15 participating nations beginning in 2004.

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