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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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Funds Lacking for Power Plant Fuel

LCG, Sept. 6, 2000Tanzania faces an electric power shortage because government institutions haven't paid their electric bills to another government institution, the state-owned Tanzania Electric Supply Co., a senior government official said in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The official, who insisted on anonymity, said Tanzania Electric needs 20 billion Tanzanian shillings ($25 million U.S.) to purchase fuel for its natural gas-fired power plants over the next four months. The utility hasn't the funds to purchase the gas, he said, because it "is experiencing financial problems."

The financial problems are largely attributable to the Tanzanian government itself. Government institutions are 33 billion shillings ($41.3 million) behind in their electric bills. The official said the government has taken steps to correct that situation.

Tanzania relies on its thermal power plants for about a quarter of its electricity, with hydroelectric facilities providing the rest. But a long-term drought has caused the level of impoundments behind dams to fall and has curtailed the production of hydroelectric power.

Tanzania Electric, which produces about 95 percent of the country's electricity and is also responsible for transmission, distribution and sale, will likely have to institute power rationing without a flood of either money or water.

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