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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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Midwest ISO Commences Commercial Operations of New, LMP-Based Market

LCG, April 4, 2005--The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO) formally began commercial operations of its new, Day-Ahead and Real-Time electricity markets on April 1, 2005. Elements of the new market design include centralized, security-constrained unit commitment; security-constrained economic dispatch; locational marginal pricing (LMP); and a market for financial transmission rights (FTRs).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally accepted the Midwest ISO's proposed Open Access Transmission and Energy Markets Tariff (TEMT) last August. The implementation of the new market design is another landmark following the FERC's release of Order 2000 in December 1999 and its subsequent efforts to create Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). The Midwest ISO's new market design is based upon the FERC's Standard Market Design (SMD) and is similar to the electricity markets of the northeast, i.e., PJM, the New York ISO and ISO New England.

The Midwest ISO service territory extends from eastern Montana through the upper Midwest - including Manitoba - and south to parts of Kentucky and Missouri. With the implementation of the TEMT, the FERC's SMD, with LMP-based pricing, will generally be in use throughout the northern half of the Eastern Interconnect.

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