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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Federal Court Says SCE Plan Unlawful

LCG, September 24, 2002-Yesterday, a federal court found that an agreement between the CPUC and Southern California Edison (SCE) violated state law.

The California Public Utilities Commission and SCE have been working together since the California energy crisis in order to prevent the utility from falling into bankruptcy. Last year the two came to a settlement, which was approved in October by a federal district judge. The utility was given permission to use $3.3 billion in overcollections to offset its debts.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Monday that the agreement between the regulator and the utility was unlawful.

The Utility Reform Group brought the settlement into question on behalf of consumers, and the case will be heard by the California Supreme Court some months from now.

SCE has stated that its bankruptcy fears have been somewhat assuaged and reportedly has only $1.1 billion remaining to collect from ratepayers.

California's utilities suffered financial difficulty during the energy crisis of 2000/2001 because of discrepancies between the price of wholesale power and the allowed retail price. While Northern Californian utility PG&E declared bankruptcy, Southern California Edison managed to avoid this measure and is currently solvent.

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