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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Enron Reorganization Plan May Require More Time

LCG, Sep. 27, 2002--The interlocking activities and interests of various Enron subsidiaries are creating a need for an extension of the company's development of a reorganization plan, possibly until January of next year.

The company has requested a later filing date from the bankruptcy court overseeing claims of creditors who hope to recover some of what they loaned Enron. The date set is currently Oct. 1. In some cases, banks who dealt with Enron have been accused of masking the true financial condition of the company, and could thus be seen as partly responsible for the company's downfall. What any of them will recover remains open to question.

"Enron is the equivalent of having a handful of sand," Jack Williams, a Georgia State University law professor, told the Houston Chronicle. "It looks like a lot of stuff, but as you start to close your hand around it, most of it disappears. I think what they thought originally of as a potential plan is no longer even in the realm of possibility."

Creditors may be able to realize returns on claims sooner rather than later, if the company consolidates the ownership interests and assets of Enron subsidiaries under a single pool. If this is done to overcome the complicated structure of the company, those who leant funds to some of the stronger business units may receive less than they otherwise would. One of these units is Enron North America, which carried out a commodity trading function.

A hearing is set for Oct. 24 to determine whether an extension can be granted. If one is not granted by Judge Arthur Gonzalez, creditors' lawyers may compete with one another to offer alternative visions of how proceeds of asset sales or ownership stakes in a new company might be divided.
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