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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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Ontario Selects New Projects to Fill Supply Gap

LCG, April 14, 2005--The Ontario Ministry of Energy selected three natural gas-fired projects and a demand-response project to supplement Ontario's power supplies. The projects are critical to the Province of Ontario, which has already committed to closing 7,600 MW of coal-fired generating capacity by 2008 in order to improve air quality. The projects are the first four proposals selected in the Request for Proposals (RFP) initiated by the government of Ontario last June.

The largest project is the Greenfield Energy Centre, which is a 1,005 MW, gas-fired combined-cycle plant to be located in Courtright, St. Clair Township, near Sarnia, Ontario. Calpine and Mitsui are each 50% partners and have entered into a 20-year supply contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). The Greenfield Energy Centre will include three combustion turbines and one steam turbine. Following completion of on-going environmental studies and required approvals, construction is expected to begin in December 2005. The contracted commercial operation date for the facility is February 2008.

The other major project is the 570-MW St. Clair Power Project, also located near Sarnia. This gas-fired project is planned to commence operations by the end of 2007 and will be developed by Invenergy and its investment partner, Stark Investments.

The final gas-fired project is a 90-MW co-generation facility to be constructed by the the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. The facility is expected to be completed in 2006.

The lone demand-response project is a 10-MW, five-year contract with Loblaw Co., a grocery chain that will install equipment in its largest stores to control and reduce power use by 30% upon request from Ontario's electricity market operator.

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