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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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FP&L Asks for 8.7 Percent Residential Rate Hike

LCG, Sept. 22, 2000In an effort to compensate for the soaring price of oil and an increase in natural gas prices, Florida Power & Light Co. has asked regulators for permission to increase the prices it charges customers for electricity.

FP&L said it had file an application yesterday with the Florida Public Service Commission for a fuel cost adjustment rate increase that would boost residential rates by 8.7 percent for two years. The company said it spread the cost increase over two years to lessen the immediate impact on ratepayers, but it did not promise not to come back next year and ask for another increase if its fuel costs keep on rising.

Each year, typically in September or October, Florida utilities adjust the fuel, environmental,purchased power and conservation components of the customer bill to true-up actual expenses for the past year and project expenses for the coming year. The adjustments, once reviewed and approved by the PSC, will appear on customer bills during the following calendar year. FP&L is asking that the increased costs be recovered over two years.

"Our plan includes spreading $518 million in unrecovered fuel expenses over a two-year period,rather than the typical one-year timeframe. This way, we are able to ease some of the impact of these extraordinary increases in fuel costs on our customers," said Paul Evanson, the utility's president.

The 8.7 percent increase will cost the typical FP&L residential customers almost six and a half bucks a month, the company said. And it figures that's all it can get away with. In its announcement, the utility said "As a further effort to lessen the impact of clause adjustments on customer bills, FPL has asked the PSC to spread the cost of a $222.5 million buyout of purchased power contracts with two Palm Beach county power plants over five years and delay the start of recovery from customers until2002."

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