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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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Sunflower Files Suit for Kansas Coal-fired Plant

LCG, November 20, 2008--Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (Sunflower) filed a lawsuit that requests injunctive relief related to the denial of an air quality permit for Sunflower's proposal to construct a 700-MW, coal-fired, electric generating unit at an existing facility in western Kansas. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, District of Kansas, against the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Secretary of Department of Health & Environment of Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in October 2007 rejected Sunflower's proposal. At that time, the Secretary of the KDHE stated, "I believe it would be irresponsible to ignore emerging information about the contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to climate change and the potential harm to our environment and health if we do nothing." The KDHE staff's recommendation was to approve the permit for the new coal plant.

According to Sunflower, the defendants, acting in their official capacity, violated Sunflower's right to fair and equal treatment under the law and are unlawfully prohibiting interstate commerce. The lawsuit asks that these three officials be stopped from preventing Sunflower from lawfully pursuing the expansion.

The Kansas legislature submitted three measures to overturn the decision to reject the permit, but the Governor vetoed the bills.

Prior to the permit being rejected, the attorneys general from eight states requested the KDHE to deny the permit due to concerns about plant emissions and global warming.

Sunflower owns the current Holcomb plant that provides power for six electric cooperatives. The existing Holcomb Station became operational in 1983 and has a generating capacity of 360 MW. The plant now burns low-sulfur coal mined in Wyoming's Powder River Basin and delivered to the plant by rail. Sunflower would have co-owned the proposed unit at the Holcomb plant.
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