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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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Dominion's Cove Point LNG Export Project Achieves Production Milestone

LCG, February 1, 2018--Dominion Energy Cove Point (DECP) announced yesterday that it has begun producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) with its newly constructed liquefaction facility undergoing commissioning in Lusby, Maryland. All major equipment has been operated and is being commissioned following a comprehensive round of testing and quality assurance activities. The facility is expected to enter commercial service in early March.

Shell NA LNG is providing the natural gas needed for liquefaction during the commissioning process and will off-take by ship the LNG that is produced.

Once commissioning is complete, DECP will produce LNG for ST Cove Point, which is the joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas, and for GGULL, the U.S. affiliate of GAIL (India) LTD under 20-year take-or-pay contracts. DECP's liquefaction facility has a nameplate capacity of 5.25 mtpa of LNG.

Dominion Energy Cove Point Terminal is located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland, south of Baltimore, where it is accessible to transport vessels to export (or import) LNG. The location also has pipeline access to many natural gas supplies, including the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, which are two of the largest natural gas basins in North America.

Construction of the liquefaction facility for export began in October 2014, following more than three years of federal, state and local permit reviews and approvals. With a cost of $4 billion, it is the largest construction project ever thus far for Maryland and for Dominion Energy.

Cove Point was originally built in the 1970's by Consolidated Natural Gas Company, parent of what is now Dominion Energy Transmission, and they partnered with the Columbia Gas System to receive, store and process supplies of LNG from tankers.
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