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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Toshiba Signs EPC Contract for New Nuclear Reactors in Texas

LCG, February 26, 2009--Toshiba Corp. announced yesterday that it signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for the addition of two nuclear units at the South Texas Project (STP), located about 90 miles southwest of Houston. The new units are scheduled to commence operations in 2016 and 2017.

The electric generating capacity of each new unit will be approximately 1,360 MW. The existing two units are pressurized water reactors, each with a capacity of 1,312 MW. The site and cooling reservoir were originally designed for four units, and the plans are for the new units to be built adjacent to the existing two units. South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC), which currently operates units 1 and 2, will operate the new units.

A subsidiary of Toshiba, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corp., executed the EPC agreement with STPNOC, which will be responsible for management of the overall project. STPNOC acted as the agent for CPS Energy and Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (Nina), which was created in 2008 as an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) nuclear development company and is jointly owned by NRG Energy (NRG) and Toshiba. NRG owns 44 percent of STP, and CPS Energy and Austin Energy own 40 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

In November 2007, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) accepted for review the Combined Construction and Operating License (COL) Application submitted by NRG and STPNOC to construct and operate two nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project. The submittal employs the ABWR design, which was certified for use by the NRC in 1997.

Nina now plans to use the certified design, with some modifications to enhance safety and construction schedules, and to submit a revision to the original COL application. NRG stated that "the modest delay in licensing that is expected as a result of these revisions will be outweighed by the advantages the changes create in price and schedule certainty."
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