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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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Regulators Disappoint Watchdog in First Energy Case

LCG, Sept. 14, 2000The Public utilities Commission of Ohio has reaffirmed its approval of the "transition plan" proffered by First Energy Corp., and in doing so has upset a local watchdog group which says it will go to court.

Among the things that Citizen Power doesn't like is a provision in First Energy's plan that allows the company to count its affiliate First Energy Services as a competitive supplier, which makes it easier for the company to achieve a 20 percent threshold for customers switching electricity providers.

The reason Citizen Power doesn't like that provision is its beneficial (to the company) effect on stranded cost recovery. The regulators dismissed the watchdog's complaint on that issue saying if the legislature had intended to preclude switches to an affiliate of a utility it would have said so.

The order also rejected Citizen Power's arguments that First Energy should not be allowed toexclude nearby suppliers' access to 1,120 megawatts of generation capacity, and that First Energy must give up control of the transmission lines to an independent operator before competition starts.

David Hughes, executive director of Citizen Power, complained "PUCO failed to respond (positively) to a single argument we made on these important issues."

Harvey Reiter, the watchdog's lawyer, said "Citizen Power does not believe PUCO's orders are logically supportable and it intends to go to court."

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