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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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California Assembly Passes RPS Legislation with Target of 50% Renewables by 2030

LCG, September 23, 2015-The California State Assembly on September 11 passed legislation (SB 350) by a vote of 51-26 to raise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal for procurement of renewable resources from 33 percent in 2020 to 50 percent by the end of 2030. The legislation, the Clean Energy and Reduction Act, is expected to be signed by Governor Brown by the end of the month.

The Clean Energy and Reduction Act includes requirements for the doubling of energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas by retail customers by 2030.

The 50 percent renewable energy standard will be implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and other retail sellers that are subject to CPUC jurisdiction. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will implement the standard for publicly-owned utilities (POUs).

The legislation sets forth a process to implement and evaluate procurement plans, including an annual renewable energy procurement plan that each retailer of electricity must provide. The retailers are called upon to provide integrated resource plans (IRP) for approval.
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