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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Industry News

FERC Money-Pool Conference Planned

LCG, Sep. 9, 2002--In keeping with a plan by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to set tighter controls on the cash flow between regulated and unregulated affiliates, the agency will hold a conference in two weeks with utility and other company input.

Some utilities are wary of such rules, as requiring an affiliate that borrows from a "money pool" managed by one part of a larger corporate entity to be rated investment-grade by a rating agency would not be immediately possible in many cases. Many affiliates currently do not receive any rating, as they do not raise their own financing. The Securities and Exchange Commission receives reports on a quarterly basis that detail transactions within a money pool, including the terms of any loans.

According to a pipeline industry group, a rating would require payments to a rating agency of at least $100,000 for the audit costs.
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