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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Kumeyaay Wind Project Commences Operations

LCG, December 29, 2005--San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) began receiving electricity this week from the new Kumeyaay Wind Project. The wind farm, which has a generating capacity of 50 MW, was developed through a partnership between the global investment and advisory firm Babcock & Brown and GE Energy Financial Services. Babcock & Brown will be the long-term manager of the facility.

The Kumeyaay Wind Project consists of 25 turbines and is located in San Diego County on the Campo Indian Reservation, about 70 miles east of San Diego and 18 miles north of the Mexican border. The Campo Tribe will lease the land and receive payments on the electricity sold to SDG&E. The project schedule included an eight-month construction period and one month of testing.

The State of California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program requires each utility, such as SDG&E, to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by 1% of load per year to achieve a 20% renewables goal. The RPS Program is managed by California's Public Utilities Commission and Energy Commission.

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