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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Exelon Generation Breaks Ground on 1,000-MW Combined-Cycle Plant in Texas

LCG, July 9, 2015-Exelon Genaration yesterday held the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new combined-cycle facility at Exelon's existing Colorado Bend Generating Station southwest of Houston, Texas. The project is expected to achieve commercial operation in 2017.

The new, gas-fired facility will add 1,000 MW of electric generating capacity to the existing 498-MW gas-fired generating facilities. The project will use General Electric's new 7HA.02 gas turbines, and the design incorporates dry cooling instead of the traditional wet cooling towers to minimize overall water usage.

The project is one of two new combined-cycle facilities that Exelon is developing in Texas. The other 1,000-MW project will be constructed at Exelon's existing Wolf Hollow Generating Station, located approximately 35 miles outside of Ft. Worth. The Wolf Hollow expansion is also expected to achieve commercial operation in 2017.

"Exelon is a forward-looking company, and what we see is a clean energy future that includes this kind of new technology, which uses little water and produces few emissions while generating electricity at a very low cost," said Exelon Generation's president and CEO. "We're delighted to be the first to employ this GE technology, and we're delighted to do it in Texas. This is how Exelon sees the energy future of America - clean, affordable and efficient."
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