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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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Dynegy Ex-Executives Plead Guilty to Fraud Charges

LCG, August 7, 2003Former Dynegy executives Gene Foster and Helen Sharkey pled guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

According to the prosecution, the two bought natural gas from the partnership ABG Gas Supply LLC at $300 million below market price, sold the gas at market price, and recorded the $300 million profit. Allegedly the executives promised ABGs banks a full repayment and therefore the arrangement should have been recorded as a debt instead of a profit. The indictment included a related and allegedly inappropriate $79 million tax benefit.

Sharkey and Foster remain free on bond after entering guilty pleas and will return to court October 24 for sentencing. They have agreed to work with prosecutors.

The two executives were fired in February, and Dynegy has since reevaluated and restated its financial situation. Foster served as vice president for tax matters for Dynegy, and Sharkey was accounting manager.

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