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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Rehearing by FERC Sought Over Transmission Fees

LCG, Aug. 27, 2003--A group of utilities that are members of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. have notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that they woud like the agency to reconsider its planned cancellation of some transmission fees.

The fees, called "through and out" charges, had been seen as discouraging competition, and are currently set to end in November. In addition to separate communications sent by a dozen utilities that own transmission, the Pennsylvannia Public Utility Commission stated that FERC's imposition of a seams elimination cost adjustment, itself an artificial rate mechanism, was unfair.

The through and out fees that had been charged amounted to roughly $250 million per year, and the utilities are of the opinion that doing away with the fees will cause them undue economic harm. According to some, up to $50 million is at stake due to what would be "free service." The Pennsylvania regulators felt that in supporting a shift to the new rate mechanism last month, FERC failed to gain commitments from transmission-owning entities to become part of regional transmission organizations, which are meant to enlarge the marketplace for electricity by standardizing rules and tariffs.
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