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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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Opposition Rising Against Sempra's Proposed Coal Plant

LCG, February 15, 2005--Opponents to a new, coal-fired power plant in Nevada proposed by Sempra Energy Resources (Sempra) are getting organized. A filing was made on January 27 by a local conservationist requesting the State of Nevada to determine the water rights near the plant site in the Smoke Creek Desert, west of Gerlach. The State's evaluation and ruling may be a time-consuming process to evaluate water claims dating back to the 1800s.

Sempra's proposed, 1,450-MW Granite Fox Power Plant will require 16,000 acre-feet per year of water, a valuable resource to local ranchers and the Pyramid Lake Indians, who are concerned that the project would adversely effect the water flows to adjacent Honey Lake basin and Pyramid Lake.

The power generating station would be fueled with low-sulfur, Wyoming coal delivered via train, with two, 120-150 car trains per day. Consistent with other communities across the country, locals are concerned with changes caused by the railway, plus mercury and sulfur emissions from the plant.

Sempra officials tout the economic benefits to locals related to the proposed plant. Sempra also believes the plant, designed with sophisticated emissions control equipment, can provide clean, low-cost electricity to the region, including California.

The exports to California markets has raised other concerns, motivating one Gerlach resident to establish a group named "Keep California Pollution in California."

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