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 Supreme Court Upholds Southern California Edison Rates

LCG, August 21, 2003Bringing Southern California Edison v. Lynch to a close, Californias Supreme Court upheld an agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and utility Southern California Edison.

The Utility Reform Network challenged an arrangement that the PUC and Southern California Edison (SCE) made in 2001 regarding increased electricity rates. The PUC allowed SCE to increase rates to retail customers by as much as 40 percent. Through these increased rates Southern California Edison has been able to recover $3.3 billion of what was lost during the energy crisis when wholesale electricity prices were astronomically high.

The San Francisco-based organization insists that the rate increase was made unlawfully since the parties agreed to the rates in secret.

The court ruled 6-to-1 to uphold the agreement between the PUC and Southern California Edison. Its decision verified that the pact fell within Californias energy laws, including those focused on deregulation and public meetings.

In September of last year the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case to the California Supreme Court. The ruling validates the PUCs authority to set rates.

Southern California Edison supplies 4.3 million customers, or about 11 million individuals, in Los Angeles County and surrounding counties.

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