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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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ISO Orders Utilities to Begin Voluntary Load Shedding

LCG, Sept. 19, 2000The California Independent System Operator, in a taste of what is likely to happen today, declared a Stage 2 Electrical Emergency yesterday and ordered the state's three investor-owned utilities to begin cutting power to customers with interruptible contracts.

Cal-ISO asked the companies to shave 1,710 megawatts off their demand to relieve strain on the state's power grid. Yesterday evening, the agency said today would be another "power watch" day, with demand pushing 45,000 megawatts.

If Cal-ISO has any dreams about importing power across the Oregon border today, it will likely find them empty. Availability of power from the Pacific Northwest was abruptly curtailed yesterday at about 3:00 p.m. when the 1,150 megawatt Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear power plant near Pasco, Wash., was taken down because operators experienced a sudden increase in offgas flow and decreasing condenser vacuum. The plant was in hot shutdown mode this morning.

A problem that will plague the Cal-ISO all week is that some of the in-state plants that have been pumping out power all summer are now shut down for repairs and maintenance. An ISO spokeswoman said "We've got 3,000 megawatts off because of scheduled maintenance," adding the shutdowns were overdue because many had deferred maintenance during June and July, when power was also critically short.

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