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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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AEP's Dresden Plant Begins Commercial Operations

LCG, February 3, 2012-American Electric Power (AEP) announced Wednesday that commercial operation of the Dresden power plant has commenced. The 580-MW, combined-cycle facility is fueled by natural gas and is located near Dresden, Ohio. According to AEP, natural gas now accounts for 24 percent of AEP's total generating capacity.

AEP's president and chief executive officer stated, "This is another step in the transformation of AEP's generating fleet as we continue to diversify our fuel mix to improve our environmental footprint and provide economical electricity for our customers. Natural gas will become an increasing part of AEP's generating portfolio in the coming decades as a result of the development of shale gas reserves and new environmental regulations, but we continue to believe our company and our nation need a diverse electricity generating portfolio that also includes investment in cleaner coal technologies, nuclear and renewable power."

AEP purchased the partially constructed facility in 2007 for approximately $85 million through its AEP Generating Company subsidiary from Dresden Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Dominion. In January 2011, AEP accelerated construction, and total costs for the plant were approximately $366 million.

The Dresden plant will supply power to AEP's Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.
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