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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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EU May Finance Two New Ukrainian Nukes

LCG, Sept. 7, 2000--The European Union Commission yesterday approved a financial plan to help fund two new Ukrainian reactors as part of a safety strategy for Eastern European countries using Soviet-designed nuclear power plants.

The two new reactors in Ukraine would replace the last operating reactor at the notorious Chernobyl nuclear plant near Kiev, when it shuts down for good later this year.

The EU plan is expected to cost up to $1.5 billion, and the commission will seek loans from its member states to fund the program. In addition to providing money for decommissioning the four-unit Chernobyl, the plan would fund completion of two other Ukrainian reactors to assure that they meet "internally acceptable levels of safety."

The commission also proposes to provide funds for construction of a nuclear power plant in the Russian city of Kalinin, providing Russia agrees to permanently close at least one Soviet era facility.

The commission said its proposal is contingent upon a contribution from the European Bank of Development and Reconstruction.

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