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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Aquila Rating Hovers Around Junk

LCG, Sep. 4, 2002--The revenue earned by Aquila from regulated operations may not be high enough to enable it to meet its obligations, make capital expenditures, and issue dividends, according to Moody's Investors Service.

While Moody's downgraded the energy company's debt to junk, Standard & Poor's issued a rating of "BBB-minus," a lower investment grade than the previous "BBB" rating. As a result of the negative outlook, Aquila has had to pay $192 million earlier than it might have otherwise. It has tried to raise capital by selling $1 billion of assets, and had earlier cut its dividend by 42%.

The company president and chief executive, Robert K. Green, said, "We've been preparing to conduct business operations under this possible scenario and will continue to deliver safe, reliable and economical energy to our customers." Aquila, formerly Utilicorp United, is based in Kansas City, Mo.
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