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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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CPUC Clarifies Power Bond Measures

LCG, September 26, 2002-The California Public Utilities Commission released more information regarding its power revenue plans.

Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission publicized proposals to raise revenue in order cover costs to the state for its purchases of electricity and improve its utilities' credit ratings.

A proposed bond measure, previously announced as being $11.9 billion, may be repaid via utility rates, according to the PUC release. A charge of between $0.64 and $1.07 per kilowatt-hour would be added to rates beyond rates applied to Pacific Gas & Electric utility and Southern California Edison customers.

$6.6 billion of the bond revenue will go to the state's general fund, and the bond sale will be held in about 30 days.

The PUC also proposed a $0.04 per kilowatt-hour charge on rates to be put towards current and future electricity purchases, as was levied during the 2000/2001 energy crisis.

A third surcharge proposal involves placing a $0.027 per kilowatt-hour charge on direct access customers, which would be used to repay the California Department of Water Resources procurement costs. The DWR bought power on behalf of the state during the electricity crisis because utilities did not have good enough credit ratings to sign contracts with energy companies.

The last announced PUC proposal relates to employing bill AB 57, which was passed in order to bring about prompt review of contracts and procurement cost recovery.

Opinion on the proposals will be considered over the next 20 days.

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