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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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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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PG&E Creditors Approve CA Utility's Reorganization Plan

LCG, September 10, 2002-Creditors of the PG&E utility voted overwhelmingly in favor of the utility's plan to sell assets in order to recover from bankruptcy.

Pacific Gas & Electric utility declared bankruptcy in April last year after differences between wholesale electricity prices and retail price caps left it financially strapped. Earlier this year, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali decided that creditors to the utility could vote on one of two plans intended to bring the utility out of bankruptcy.

The California Public Utilities Commission created one of the plans, which keeps the utility's assets under the control of California regulators, and the PG&E utility created the second plan, which involved splitting up assets into several companies, all but one of which would be moved beyond the control of state regulatory bodies.

Only one of the ten classes of the utility's creditors voted for the CPUC's plan. Energy Service Providers, or Class 7, voted against the utility's plan.

Although the utility is more than pleased by the overwhelming victory, the final decision over its $13.5 billion debt still lies with Judge Montali. Hearings on the plans are to follow.

The balloting was conducted by independent voting agent Innisfree M & A.

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