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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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Exelon Announces Early Retirement of Nearly 3,000 MW of Carbon-Free Nuclear Capacity

LCG, June 3, 2016--Exelon Corporation yesterday announced that it will close two nuclear plants in Illinois, given the lack of progress on Illinois energy legislation. The Clinton Power Station in Clinton will close on June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova will close on June 1, 2018. The two plants have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years, despite being two of Exelon's best-performing plants.

Exelon's president and CEO stated, "This is an extremely difficult day for the 1,500 employees who operate these plants safely and reliably every day, and the communities that depend on them for support. We have worked for several years to find a sustainable path forward in consultation with federal regulators, market operators, state policymakers, plant community leaders, labor and business leaders, as well as environmental groups and other stakeholders. Unfortunately, legislation was not passed, and now we are forced to retire the plants."

The Clinton Power Station began commercial operation on April??1987 under the ownership of Illinois Power. The plant includes a single boiling water nuclear reactor, with a generating capacity of approximately 1,080??MW. The present reactor operating license was issued April 17, 1987 and will expire September 29, 2026.

The Quad Cities Generating Station is a nuclear power plant, with a total electric generating capacity of approximately 1,870 MW. The units began operations in 1972. In 2004, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a 20-year license extension for both reactors that would extend the license through December 14, 2032.

The Illinois legislative session has not ended; however, the path forward for consideration of the Next Generation Energy Plan legislation is not clear. Thus Exelon has initiated the necessary steps to shut down the two nuclear plants. These steps include: making permanent shutdown notifications to the NRC within 30 days; terminating capital investment projects required for long-term operation of the plants; immediately taking one-time charges of $150 million to $200 million for 2016, and accelerating approximately $2 billion in depreciation and amortization through the announced shutdown dates; and cancelling fuel purchases and outage planning.

Retiring the plants will have a significant economic and environmental impact on the region.
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