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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PSC Approves Plan to Construct Two Nuclear Units in South Carolina

LCG, February 12, 2009--The Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina yesterday voted unanimously to approve the application of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) to construct two additional nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in South Carolina. The first unit is scheduled to commence operations in 2016, with operations of the second unit following in 2019.

The nuclear expansion project is a joint project between SCE&G, the principal subsidiary of SCANA Corp., and state-operated Santee Cooper. SCE&G will hold a 55 percent share, with Santee Cooper holding the remaining 45 percent. SCE&G will operate the two new, 1,117-MW units.

SCE&G and Santee Cooper jointly own the existing 966-MW V.C. Summer plant, and SCE&G is the plant operator. Commercial operations of the existing facility began in January 1984.

The PSC allowed SCE&G to start implementing a rate increase to cover some of the costs to finance the project, given SCE&G shows that the project is on schedule and that expenditures are within limits set in the Commission?s order. The estimated project cost to build both units, excluding the cost to finance and the cost for transmission upgrades, is $9.8 billion.

In May 2008, Santee Cooper and SCE&G announced a contractual agreement with Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC, and Stone & Webster, a subsidiary of The Shaw Group Inc., for the design and construction of the two units.

Approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is necessary before construction can begin, and that decision is not expected until late 2011 or early 2012. Santee Cooper and SCE&G submitted an application with the NRC in March 2008 for a combined construction and operating license (COL).

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