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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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Illinois Power to Quit Midwest ISO, Join Alliance RTO

LCG, Sept. 21, 2000--Illinois Power Co. said yesterday it would quit the Midwest Independent System Operator and join the Alliance Regional Transmission Operator, pending approval from necessary regulatory bodies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The company said it expects its withdrawal from MISO to be effective no later than December of next year, but the Midwest grid operator isn't so sure. MISO, however, offered no reasons why it expected the change to be delayed.

Illinois Power, which was one of the original nine utilities that formed MISO in January 1998, said one reason for the change was that membership in Alliance would provide "greater flexibility and cost savings while maintaining reliability in moving large amounts of electricity across the nation's transmission grid."

Another important consideration, Illinois Power said, is the fact that many members of Alliance operate in states that have electric choice, unlike most MISO members. Kathy L. Patton, general counsel for the utility, said "Now, with continued experience in the developing marketplace, membership in MISO is no longer the best option for (Illinois Power) and its customers."

A third consideration could be that the Alliance RTO plans to earn a profit on its operations.

Withdrawal from the nonprofit MISO is permitted members whose ownership of transmission assets changes. That condition was met with the merger of Illinois Power's parent holding company, Illinova Corp., with Dynegy Inc.

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