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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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Now Fitchburg Gas Wants a 25 Percent Rate Hike

LCG, Sept. 28, 2000Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co., which less than two weeks ago asked Massachusetts regulators to approve a winter rate boost that would cost a typical residential natural gas customer $14.11 a month more than he is now paying, said yesterday that's not enough and asked for an increase the would add $30.07 to the householder's monthly bill.

Fitchburg said yesterday that it had "refiled" for a gas rate increase with the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Telecommunications and that the new filing replaces the more modest request of September 15.

Two weeks ago, the company said it needed an 11.5 percent increase, but news of rising wholesale prices for natural gas has prompted it to more than double the request to 24.5 percent. Even the company doesn't know where it will all end.

Mike Dalton, president of parent company Unitil Corp., said only "Natural gas supply pricing has escalated rapidly in a very short period of time."

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