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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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New Power Draws Attention of PUC for Billing Practices

LCG, Sep. 16, 2002--The New Power Co., part of an Enron subsidiary created in 1999, may be fined $3.91 million by the Public Utility Commission of Texas due to its failure to itemize charges on bills sent to power and gas customers.

Bills sent to thousands of customers were said by PUC staff to contain unexplained charges for past costs incurred by New Power for transmission and distribution service. While New Power apparently experienced some delays in being billed for such services itself, rules set by the PUC do not permit charges for items more than six months old. Power costs were shown without reference to quantity used by the customer or the price for given quantities of usage.

The suggestion by the Texas PUC staff to fine the company is not likely to yield any payment by the company, which was meant to serve customers in deregulated power and gas markets. New Power and its parent NewPower Holdings, Inc. have already filed for bankruptcy. Possible billing violations by New Power's Pennsylvania operations are also under investigation.
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