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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Consumer Advocates Ask Iowa Regulators to Limit Interstate Rates

LCG, September 19, 2002-The OCA, Iowa's consumer advocate, has requested that electricity regulators lower annual rates by $22.4 million.

After inspecting financial information of Alliant Energy Corporation, parent to Interstate Power & Light Company, consumer advocates found that utility assets were used as the guarantee on $952 million borrowed by a separate Alliant Energy subsidiary.

The OCA has said that the holding company would have the capability of using Interstate Power & Light's capital to benefit shareholders by improving electricity rates for itself. The OCA believes that any benefits should be passed on to ratepayers, who financed asset purchases in the first place. Therefore, OCA has requested that Iowa regulators limit Interstate Power & Light's rates, as opposed to allowing the $82 million rate increase that the company requested previously.

Interstate Power & Light finds the logic requisite of a "leap," noting that ratepayers do not take investment risks like shareholders and that any revenue reduction would be seriously harmful to the utility.

A hearing has been planned for October 22.

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