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Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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California Legislators Pass Energy Bill that Could Improve Outlook for Diablo Canyon

LCG, July 1, 2022--The California State legislature passed legislation (AB-205) Wednesday that could enable the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant to continue operating and providing carbon-free power to support the electric reliability of the California grid. The nuclear plant may also be able to access federal funds from the Infrastructure Bill’s $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program that is designed to keep nuclear power plants with financial shortfalls online. The Governor is expected to sign the legislation.

Back in June 2016, PG&E announced a Joint Proposal with labor and environmental organizations that would increase investment in energy efficiency, renewables and storage beyond then-current state mandates while prematurely phasing out PG&E’s 2,240-MW Diablo Canyon Power Plant in lieu of operating under license extensions. (The reactors’ operating licenses expire in November 2024 for Unit 1 and August 2025 for Unit 2.)

The current legislation, AB-205, would establish the Strategic Reliability Reserve (SRR) to be administered by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to support electrical grid reliability. The bill authorizes DWR to contract for, purchase, finance or otherwise secure electrical generation to create additional capacity available during extreme energy grid events.

The bill would require DWR to prepare a plan for its actions to invest in electric reliability for the California Energy Commission (CEC) to consider and approve. Furthermore, the bill requires the DWR to consult with the CEC, California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) or other applicable balancing authorities, and the California Air Resources Board when carrying out the duties of SRR.

The bill could also support and accelerate new renewable power installations. The bill would authorize the CEC to permit the siting of facilities by the DWR in implementing SRR programs, and it would establish an expedited review of applications. This bill would require the CEC in reviewing permitting requests to determine optimal location for resources based on electric reliability, reducing public safety power shutoffs, decreasing the use of high-emission resources and minimizing air pollution.

The DWR also would be required to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee starting on January 31, 2023, and in specified intervals, on expenditures related the program.
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