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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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Calpine Plant Approved But Company Awaits Contract

LCG, September 12, 2002-California regulators approved a new 600-megawatt plant this week, but Calpine has announced it will not build until it signs a power contract.

The gas-fired Russell City Energy Center will be built some 16 miles southeast of Oakland and is expected to begin operations by spring of next year.

Calpine officials said yesterday that the low cost of wholesale electricity prevents the company from beginning construction on the Russell Center until power purchasing contracts are made.

The natural electricity purchaser for the region is Pacific Gas & Electric utility, subsidiary of the PG&E Corporation. Unfortunately, the utility filed for bankruptcy last year and requires bankruptcy court approval in order to buy power. In a step to facilitate purchasing in the power-starved region, the California Public Utilities Commission has recently allowed the not-so-creditworthy utility to take part in five-year contracts as long as they are backed by the Department of Water Resources.

Calpine acknowledges that the CPUC allowance may help to expedite the process, but the company has also been discussing contracts with other interested agencies and municipalities.
Located in San Jose, California, Calpine Corporation owns over 70 power plants, supplying over 16,000 MW in capacity nationwide.

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