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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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DOE and B&W Sign Agreement to Develop mPower Small Modular Reactor

LCG, April 16, 2013--The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc. (B&W mPower), and the Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a Cooperative Agreement for funding from the DOE's Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Technical Support Program to support the development and licensing of B&W's mPower technology.

B&W's mPower technology is based upon a 180-MW, integral pressurized water reactor design that uses a fully underground containment structure. With the Cooperative Agreement, approximately $79 million, allocated from the first year of the Licensing Technical Support Program, will now be available to the B&W mPower program.

A DOE representative stated, "The Department is pleased to complete this important step in our SMR Licensing Technical Support Program. Our work with B&W mPower will help advance the commercialization of safe and efficient SMRs in the United States. U.S.-built SMRs have the potential to cost-effectively support our nation's energy and climate goals while boosting U.S. manufacturing capabilities and job growth."

The signing of the Cooperative Agreement formalizes B&W's cost-share agreement with DOE, following the selection last November of the mPower America team - comprised of B&W, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Generation mPower - as the winner of DOE's competitively bid funding opportunity, in support of commercial demonstration of the B&W mPower SMR by 2022. B&W mPower and Bechtel (who together formed Generation mPower LLC) will provide licensing and engineering support for the mPower America Project.

The new agreement shows continued progress to develop the mPower SMR technology. In February, B&W announced that B&W mPower executed a development agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to prepare and support the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) review of a Construction Permit Application for a B&W mPower SMR at TVA's Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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