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 Power Expands Its Renewable Portfolio with Wind Project Acquisition in Oklahoma

LCG, September 10, 2015-Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power yesterday announced an agreement to acquire the 151-MW Grant Wind facility in Oklahoma from Apex Clean Energy. The acquisition is expected to close in March 2016, when project construction is scheduled for completion.

Apex Clean Energy is managing the construction of the Grant Wind project, which began last month. The project plans include 66 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens. Apex will operate and maintain the facility once it achieves commercial operation.

Southern will sell the energy and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the Grant Wind project to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, East Texas Electric Cooperative and Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative under 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs). Each company has contracted for approximately 50 MW and will have the option to either keep or sell the RECs.

Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO stated, "Southern Company is committed to the full portfolio and this project is an important step in further expanding our fuel mix. Our second wind project and one of Southern Power's more than 20 renewable projects across America, the Grant Wind facility is a smart investment that expands our company's presence in a region with exceptional wind resources."

Last March Southern Power announced an agreement to acquire its first wind project, the 299-MW Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma. This acquisition is also from Apex Clean Energy, and the deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Southern Power's renewable energy capacity is growing rapidly and, with the Grant Wind acquisition, is expected to exceed 1,600 MW, including 21 solar, wind and biomass facilities either announced, acquired or under construction.
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