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Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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Energen Says High Gas Prices Mean High Profits

LCG, Dec. 1, 2000--Energen Corp., the holding company for Alabama Gas Corp. which serves about 470,000 customers in a belt across central Alabama, said yesterday that high prices for natural gas and oil promise to boost earning beyond earlier expectations.

"On the basis of commodity price strength in the first quarter of our 2001 fiscal year, we are increasingly optimistic over the potential for greater earnings growth in the current year than earlierdiscussed," said Mike Warren, chairman and chief executive.

"Energen's earnings for fiscal year 2001 have the potential to rise more than the 13 percent previously estimated to the extent that commodity prices continue above the assumed levels and our other underlying assumptions remain unchanged," Warren added.

The company said that a 10 increase in natural gas wholesale prices is estimated to have a $400,000 impact on net income.

The company further noted that unlike Energen Resources, the company's natural gas utility does not profit from the high natural gas prices currently in place across the country. Changes in the utility's gas supply costs, up or down, are passed through to the customer without markup, under the terms of a Gas Supply Adjustment rider to its rate schedules.

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