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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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NY Grid Operator Comments on Blackout Avoidance

LCG, Aug. 28, 2003--Speaking before the New York State Assembly yesterday, the president of the New York Independent System Operator, William J. Museler, stated that even if the grid manager had known about transmission problems in the Midwest well in advance of the blackout that ultimately hit New York, it would not have anticipated the situation becoming as severe as it did.

Had a decision been taken to isolate the New York transmission system from other areas, including Ontario, to which New York was effectively sending power, it could have increased risks for neighboring regions, said Museler. He also told legislators that in addition to not providing assurance of preserving stability for New Yorkers, active isolation would not have been in keeping with long-standing cooperative policies with regional partners.

Investigators have generally agreed that lines between New York and Ontario seem to have functioned according to their design, and did not automatically trip when the flow of power across the U.S.-Canadian border increased significantly. Nonetheless, given the amount of data that still requires examination, this viewpoint is being scrutinized before more explicit confirmation.

Museler testified that, on balance, assuming some risks by remaining connected to the larger grid could have beneficial consequences by encouraging reciprocal behavior by other grid managers. "There are many more times where it's better being connected to the grid, where it's going to save you," Museler said.
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