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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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Wind Projects Added to PG&E's Renewables Portfolio

LCG, April 28, 2005--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced yesterday that it has submitted three new long-term power purchase agreements with wind farms to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for regulatory review. With the addition, PG&E expects to meet over 30% of its customers' electricity demands with renewable energy.

In total, the three contracts add 143-158 MW of renewable capacity to PG&E's supply portfolio and are a result of the company's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation of 2004. The three, California wind farms are: FPL Montezuma, located in Solano County; Buena Vista, located at Altamont Pass; and Pacific Renewable, located near Lompoc. PG&E plans to issue another RPS solicitation this summer, with the goal of supplying another 1-2% of customer electricity demands with renewable energy.

The State of California's RPS Program, which is managed by the CPUC and the California Energy Commission, requires each utility to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1% of load per year to achieve a 20% renewables goal.

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