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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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Hydro-Québec Plans to Add 2,000 MW of Wind Power

LCG, June 30, 2005--Hydro-Qubec announced yesterday that the Qubec government has requested the utility to pursue the purchase of an additional 2,000 MW of wind power to supplement its energy supplies. Hydro-Qubec plans to be a global leader in delivering wind power and estimates that its contracts for wind power will total 3,500 MW by the end of 2013.

Historically Quebec has relied almost entirely upon hydro electricity to supply its demand for electricity, with surplus power to export. However, with growing demands, Quebec is currently a net importer of electricity. To bolster local supplies, last July the Quebec government approved the province's first major gas-fired generating facility, the Becancour cogeneration plant, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2007 at an estimated cost of $500 million. The plant, located between Montreal and Quebec City, is deemed necessary to meet Quebec's forecast electricity demands.

Following the approval of the Becancour plant, opposition from environmentalists and locals led to the cancellation last November of another gas-fired power project in Beauharnoi. The 836 MW project, with an estimated cost of $550 million, was targeted to commence operations in 2008 to meet the regions growing demand for electricity. As an alternative to gas-fired generation, Hydro-Qubec has now turned to wind power and improved energy efficiency.

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