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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TVA Approved to Produce Nuclear Weapon Supplies

LCG, September 24, 2002-NRC has given the TVA permission to produce radioactive products for use in nuclear weapons.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns nearly 30,000 megawatts in generating capacity and serves utility customers in seven states, will now be able to put as many as 2,304 tritium-producing rods in its Watts Bar nuclear plant.

The plant will require 18 months to produce tritium, and the product will be shipped to South Carolina to serve a Department of Energy tritium plant being built there.

Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen, which can be used to adjust the nuclear reaction in nuclear bombs, although nuclear explosions derive the vast majority of their energy from reactions of either plutonium or uranium. Radiation from tritium cannot penetrate skin but constitutes a health hazard if the tritium is ingested or inhaled. The isotope has a half life of just 12.3 years, as compared with isotopes of uranium, which have half lives of hundreds of millions of years.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which serves Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, has also requested permission to produce tritium at a Chattanooga plant.

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