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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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New Jersey Utilities Apply for Rate Increases

LCG, September 17, 2002--Utilities in New Jersey which have been required to keep charges to customers under rate caps, want to recover costs they have incurred in supplying power.

The state's Board of Public Utilities has required audits of $1 billion in expenses at four utilities, including Conectiv, Jersey Central Power & Light, Public Service Electric and Gas, and Orange and Rockland Utilities. The audits are being conducted by Mitchell & Titus LLP, and Larkin & Associates.

New Jersey's electricity market has been in a transitional mode, which is scheduled to end Aug. 1, 2003. Since retail rate caps were in effect while the utilities had to pay higher prices for gas last year, utilities were allowed to securitize unreimbursed expenses two weeks ago under a new law. In effect, bonds can be issued which will effectively speed the recovery of costs.

Retail caps in the state were not simply set based on the historical rates, but were mandated to be lower. The current audits may lead to retail rates returning to their historical levels, if not going higher.
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