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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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Entergy Announces Agreement to Acquire 1,980-MW Power Station in Arkansas

LCG, December 10, 2014-Entergy Corporation announced yesterday that its subsidiaries, Entergy Arkansas, Inc., Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and Entergy Texas, Inc. have signed an agreement to acquire the 1,980-MW Union Power Station from Union Power Partners, L.P., an independent power producer (IPP) that is wholly-owned by Entegra TC LLC. The purchase price of the plant is $948 million, and the target closing date is late 2015.

The Union Power Station is located on a 330-acre site near El Dorado, Arkansas and began commercial operations in July 2003. The natural gas-fired electric generating facility includes four, 495-MW combined cycle blocks. Each block includes two GE 7-FA combustion turbines with inlet air fogging, two Alstom heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) with supplemental duct-firing, and one GE single case, single flow axial exhaust condensing steam turbines.

The new acquisition agreement calls for both Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Texas to acquire one unit, and for Entergy Gulf States Louisiana to acquire two units. Furthermore, Entergy New Orleans will receive 20 percent of the output from the Entergy Gulf States Louisiana units via an at-cost purchase power agreement (PPA), which is subject to City Council of New Orleans approval.

Entergy's chairman and chief executive officer stated, "Our service territory is at the heart of an industrial renaissance that is built on competitive energy costs, low electricity prices and smart economic growth policies of our state governments. The acquisition of these highly efficient units at a price favorable to our customers will help us meet the increased demand and be a significant step in the ongoing modernization of our generating fleet."

The acquisition is contingent upon a number of factors, including obtaining necessary approvals and acceptable cost recovery from the various federal and state regulatory authorities.
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