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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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FERC Judge Rules in Favor of PG&E Utility

LCG, September 3, 2002Federal Judge Vaughn Walker ruled late Friday that California utility Pacific Gas & Electric can circumvent state laws in order to recover from bankruptcy.

PG&E utility declared bankruptcy last year after high wholesale electricity prices and retail price caps left the utility financially unsound.

The utility came up with a plan to spread its assets to four companies, three of which would fall out of the jurisdiction of state regulators even though the assets were paid for with public money.

The U.S. District judge ruled that the utility could create the three companies without state approval and without environmental evaluation.

The California Public Utilities Commission, which opposes the utilitys plan, will appeal the decision, fearing that other companies may take advantage of the ruling to evade state regulation.

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