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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Striking South Korean Power Workers Face Dismissal Deadline

LCG, Mar. 22, 2002--A protracted strike by South Korea's unionized power industry workers will result in their dismissal Monday morning if they do not return to work, the country's energy minister announced yesterday.

The workers have expressed resistance to privatization, which they believe will result in job losses and increased power prices. South Korea, which intends to finalize the sale of all but its hydro and nuclear power divisions, hopes the country can increase power output 100 per cent by 2015.

The striking workers make up two-thirds of the 8,400 employed in the power industry. The 3,489 workers who would be fired Monday would follow 197 who have so far been fired.

Shin Kook-hwan, the energy minister, said, "We will review how former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher handled a strike by unionized coal miners and how former U.S. president Ronald Reagan treated a strike by air traffic controllers." He also indicated that although the workers thought that firing them would be a reckless move, "this is a country upholding democracy, freedom and market principle. They are engaged in illegal activities. We should abide by laws."

Union spokesman Lee Byung-chul told Reuters that despite the possibility of 500 new workers being hired to replace fired unionists, "it is pretty doubtful how long the power plants can be kept in operation without the workers." Soldiers have been trained to take over some posts.
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