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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CA ISO Will Receive FERC Monitors

LCG, Sep. 30, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), after allowing for a month's delay of an increase of the wholesale price cap in California, will oversee the California Independent System Operator with two senior on-site officials.

The price cap had been scheduled to increase tomorrow from $250 per megawatt-hour from the current $91.87 per MWh, but will instead be changed on Oct. 30, following testing of a computer program meant to detect possible attempts at market manipulation. The officials from FERC, characterized as "two senior market oversight people," are likely to represent a measure to be duplicated "everywhere," according to the FERC Chairman, Pat Wood. He dismissed the suggestion that the officials are being sent in connection with the FERC's order that the current CA-ISO board be dissolved.

While the state's governor, Gray Davis, has criticized the lifting of the California cap to a higher level as giving an opening to generators to profit unreasonably, in his view, Wood pointed out that California's cap is below similar caps in other parts of the country, and would represent a step to encourage new supply in the state.

During remarks at a regional business forum in Los Angeles, Wood said that last week's finding by a FERC administrative judge that subsidiaries of El Paso Corp. had withheld large amounts of natural gas from California could result in in "disgorgement of profits," or a withdrawal of the company's right to trade. He and other commissioners will likely examine the substance of the ruling within the next two months.
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