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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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AES to Acquire El Salvador Units from Reliant

LCG, Sept. 1, 2000AES Corp. said yesterday it had entered into an agreement for a subsidiary to acquire for undisclosed terms Reliant Energy International's interest in an El Salvador company which owns three electric distribution companies.

Reliant has owned 50 percent of El Salvador Energy Holdings S.A., with Venezuelan utility Grupo EDC owning the other half. AES acquired control of EDC in a hostile takeover earlier this year. On Wednesday, AES said it had sold Colombian assets acquired in the EDC deal to Unin Fenosa of Spain.

The three El Salvador distribution companies, Compania de Alumbrado Electrico de San Salvador, S.A. de C.V., Empresa Electrica de Oriente, S.A. de C.V. and Distribuidora Electrica de Usulutan, S.A. De C.V. serve 3.5 million people, approximately 60 percent of the population of El Salvador, including the capital city of San Salvador.

Reliant said the sale is part of its plan to get out of the Latin American market and put its resources to work in the competitive energy services businesses of the U.S. and Western Europe. The company is still looking for buyers for its interests in electric systems in Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.

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