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Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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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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U.S. Vice President Continues to Sit on Energy Documents

LCG, September 5, 2002-The U.S. Justice Department filed papers this week in response to a ruling which had ordered the release of documents stemming from the energy task force led by Vice President Dick Cheney, and asserted that the ruling is unconstitutional.

The Justice Department papers said "Further responses would impose upon the Executive unconstitutional burdens," in reply to an order for evidence-gathering by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

Two organizations, Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club, have brought lawsuits against the Bush administration energy task force, which established new U.S. energy policy last year. The groups intend to determine what influence various industries had in the formation of that policy, and Cheney and the administration have refused to hand over related documents while other Federal agencies have coughed up thousands of pages of documents.

In July, Judge Sullivan reprimanded Justice Department attorneys for being deliberately misleading:

"the fact that the government has stubbornly refused to acknowledge the existing controlling law in at least two cases, does not strike this Court as a coincidence. One or two isolated mis-citations or misleading interpretations of precedent are forgivable mistakes of busy counsel, but a consistent pattern of misconstruing precedent presents a much more serious concern."

The Bush administration refuses to yield documents that are connected to the Vice President, to two of President Bush's assistants, to the energy task force, and to the former executive director of the task force.

Meanwhile, a House-Senate conference committee is currently discussing the energy plan, the end result of the task force's endeavors.

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