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 Members Trade Proposals Over Power Market Authority, Oversight

LCG, September 17, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's proposals for creating a seamless national electric power market are encountering some criticism from House lawmakers, as they draft specifics for electricity legislation.

The FERC's recently issued rules proposal, standard market design, is far from being derailed, although a prior FERC stipulation that utilities join regional transmission organizations (RTO's) is seen as too stringent. Among a group of Republicans, including Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), suggestions have been made that utilities could be awarded incentives should they join an RTO. That suggestion was criticized by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), as "very generous with the ratepayers money."

Standard market design is seen by some Southern and Western representatives as bypassing traditional state authority over market operations. Tauzin said that a vote on any changes to FERC's proposal would take place by July. Points of disagreement have also centered around a Republican proposal to repeal the Public Utilities Company Holding Act (PUHCA), a 1935 law which was to prevent utilities from acquiring undue market influence.

Democrats such as Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) have stressed what they see as a need for more oversight of electricity trading and financial integrity, while downplaying modifications to FERC's transmission-related rulemaking.
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