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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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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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Southern Company Withdraws Request for Loan Guarantee for Kemper County Coal Project

LCG, April 5, 2013--Southern Company announced that it has withdrawn its request for a $1.5 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its Kemper County coal project, which is currently under construction by its subsidiary, Mississippi Power. The company concluded that lower-cost financing could be obtained relative to what it expected from the DOE.

"Mississippi Power has secured financing at a lower rate than our certified projected Department of Energy loan, reducing overall costs to customers," stated a Southern Company spokesperson. Furthermore, the spokesperson stated that Southern's withdrawal of its load request is not related to recent actions of the Mississippi Public Service Commission related to rate increases and paying off project debt prior to commencement of operations.

Plant Ratcliffe, located in Kemper County, Mississippi, is a 582-MW IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) project. In December 2010, Mississippi Power held the ground breaking ceremony for the project, and the estimated cost of the project was then $2.4 billion, and operations were targeted to commence in 2014. The project cost is now estimated to be over $3.2 billion, and there is a May 2014 deadline to start service to retain certain tax incentives.
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