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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MidAmerican Completes Wind Projects in Iowa

LCG, December 15, 2005--MidAmerican Energy announced that it has completed the installation of all 257 wind turbines at two wind farm projects in Iowa. The combined electric generating capacity of the two projects is 360.5 MW.

The new wind farms are located in northwest Iowa in Sac and Buena Vista counties and in north central Iowa in Wright and Hamilton counties. The final wind turbine was commissioned on Tuesday at the Intrepid site in northwest Iowa, and the final turbine at the Century site in north central Iowa was commissioned on November 30.

The initial plan was to install 310.5 MW of capacity, and this phase was completed in September. An additional 50 MW of capacity was approved by the Iowa Utilities Board in January 2005 and is now installed and operational.

MidAmerican announced its final plans to proceed with the projects in September of last year, following the approval of the Production Tax Credit by the House and Senate. The Production Tax Credit, which provides for 1.5 cents for each kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, had expired at the end of 2003. When the credit expired, the financial viability of wind projects was significantly reduced, and many projects were put on hold.

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