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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Utilities Allowed to Borrow for Pre-Payments for Electricity

LCG, Aug. 1, 2003--Utilities will be able to use a low-cost method of financing for electricity purchases that had previously been allowed for just natural gas supplies, based on similar tax treatment by the Internal Revenue Services.

Memphis Light, Gas & Water is one of the utilities that had lobbied to have the ability to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds. In this case, power sales of $1.5 billion were made by the Tennessee Valley Authority to the utility at a discount. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a supporter of the measure, noted that "Memphis ratepayers will save money for years to come, and TVA will receive needed cash which it can use to further reduce its debt."

The utilities had wanted to see temporary regulations be finalized this year, in order to assure a supply of electricity at a low price. The low cost comes about due to the purchase being pre-paid, while the utilities' concern about tax treatment had lain in the possibility that the discount would be viewed as an investment-type gain, due to the yield of the bonds being less than the rate of the discount. Arbitrage regulations govern the investment of bond proceeds by issuers. Probes by the IRS that ended last year did not lead to a determination that any violations had occurred.
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