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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Western Electricity Investigation to Conclude by February

LCG, September 5, 2002-The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced it expects to finish its inquiry into the energy crisis of 2000/2001 by February 2003.

At a Lehman Brothers conference yesterday, FERC Chairman Patrick Wood asserted that evidence gathering would ideally be completed by the end of December and definitely by February of next year. Companies found innocent of market manipulation will be publicly cleared as part of an effort to restore investor trust. A final report on the investigation will aim to give direction to a new and, it is hoped, financially sound, wholesale electricity market.

Wood touched upon other topics at the conference as well, including the establishing of FERC's standard market design and the creation of new liquified natural gas pipelines from northern areas like Alaska.

He admitted that FERC did not do its part to prevent the crisis, but he was positive about FERC's ability to create a market resistant to a repeat performance of that which occurred last year.

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