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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House May Require DOE Comment on Standard Market Design

LCG, Sep. 9, 2002--The Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, would be required to file a report on the possible effects of implementing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's "standard market design" rules, according to a bill passed by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

The bill would need to be passed as part of a larger $26 billion energy and water spending bill before both the House and Senate. Among the subject areas the committee is interested in are regional wholesale and retail electricity prices, tarrif oversight by state utility commissions, transmission reliability and infrastucture enhancement.

"Standard market design" is scheduled to apply to all market regions, which would operate under a unified network tariff by Sep. 30, 2003. FERC intends the rules to bring about lower costs and greater access for competing suppliers, while some utility commissions and state governors have objected to loss of ratemaking authority and possible subsidization of infrastructure development by regions not receiving benefits. The report sought by the committee bill would need to be filed 90 days prior to the market rules' finalization.
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