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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Nevada Power Tries to Make Rates More Manageable

LCG, March 25, 2002-Nevada Power produced a new plan to reduce the effect of the $922 million rate increase its customers will be saddled with.

On Friday the Nevada generator presented an adjustment to its previous three year plan to increase rates by 21 percent. The new plan increases rates by 8.8 percent over six years instead.

Basic economics says that this results in higher costs because customers would have to deal with interest over more periods.

State Consumer Advocate Tim Hay says he may appeal the rate case if the Nevada Public Utilities Commission does not reduce rates.

However, according to the Las Vegas Review, Nevada Power chief executive Walt Higgins said that the plan offered hope in the face of rate increases and future power shortages.

The $922 million was spent last year purchasing wholesale power and fuel.

According to Higgins, Nevada Power's plan is made possible by an agreement with Reliant Energy and Williams Cos. High- and low-cost power contracts could then be mixed according to "blend and extend" agreements.

In addition, Nevada Power will buy power from Williams and promptly sell it back to Williams at a profit. At the end of a specified period, Williams would then purchase power from Nevada Power and sell it back at a profit.

Many in the state, such as state Senator Randolph Townsend (R ), still oppose the rate increase, citing state law that only allows for rate increases for practical expenditures.

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