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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'Loose Parts' Force Palisades Shutdown

LCG, Sept. 6, 2000The 740 megawatt Palisades nuclear power plant belonging to Consumers Energy Co. was shut down yesterday evening after workers performing x-ray inspections discovered "loose parts" that could affect emergency core cooling operability.

In an event report filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, plant operators said it was conducting radiography examinations at 6:00 p.m. and discovered that the internal parts of a check valve were not in place. The valve is a check valve in one of the reactor's emergency core coolant systems.

A second x-ray of the valve determined that all of the parts were inside the valve somewhere, but not where they should be. At 7:01 p.m., operators began to shut down the plant because the loose parts could adversely affect the operability of other components of the emergency core cooling system.

The plant this morning was in "hot shutdown" mode, meaning it can be easily restarted once the loose parts are nailed down.

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