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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Biomass Fuel Supply Agreement Completed for 100-MW Project in Florida

LCG, January 19, 2011-A biomass fuel supply agreement was finalized for the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC), a 100-MW power project planned for North Florida under development by American Renewables. Under the agreement, Rayonier, an international forest products company based in Florida, will supply logging residues, forest thinnings and other woody waste materials to the project.

Gainesville Regional Utilities will receive the power generated from the project under a 30-year, power purchase agreement (PPA). The project is scheduled to commence operations in late 2013.

The GREC project is planned for a site adjacent to an existing coal-fired power plant located approximately eight miles northwest of downtown Gainesville. The GREC design incorporates a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler.

A number of other biomass power projects across the Nation have stalled due to rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year. First, the EPA called into question whether or not power plants burning biomass are carbon neutral, placing new risk on biomass power plants for carbon emissions. Second, the EPA's proposed Industrial Boiler MACT rule created additional problems for biomass power producers last year by setting emission limits that will be difficult if not impossible to achieve with existing technology. In response to a wave of opposition to the Industrial Boiler MACT rule, the EPA requested last December additional time to develop the rule from the Federal Court, and a ruling on the extension is expected by the end of this week.
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