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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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GRDA and Mitsubishi Execute Agreement for New 495-MW Combined Cycle Facility in Oklahoma

LCG, March 25, 2014 - Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) announced yesterday that they have signed an agreement for MHPSA to supply GRDA with a new, combined cycle natural gas facility that will utilize the J-Series gas turbine. GRDA expects the new unit, with an electric generating capacity of 495 MW, to be operational by March 2017.

GRDA's Chief Executive Officer/Director of Investments stated, "This is an historic agreement for both GRDA and Mitsubishi. This unit will be the first of its kind in the western hemisphere. It is state-of-the-art technology, and as a combined cycle unit, it will operate very efficiently while providing low-cost, reliable electricity for GRDA customers for decades to come."

GRDA's CEO further stated, "Part of the GRDA Board's strategy is to reduce our reliance on coal. We can achieve some of that with this new facility. By burning natural gas from right here in Oklahoma, we will have a diversified generation portfolio that will continue to keep costs low for our customers."

The new unit (GRDA Unit 3) will be located at the Grand River Energy Center (formerly GRDA Coal Fired Complex), about 56 kilometers east of Tulsa.

In January 2014, GRDA selected MHPSA to supply the M501J (328-MW) gas turbine, an SRT-50 (167-MW) steam turbine, and a generator to be supplied by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

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