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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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LG&E to Sell Interests in Three Small Virginia Plants

LCG, Dec. 4, 2000--The LG&E Power Inc. subsidiary of LG&E Energy Corp. said Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Virginia Electric & Power Co., a unit of Dominion Resources Inc., to sell its equity interests in three 70 megawatt coal-fired cogeneration power plants in Altavista, Hopewell and Southampton, Va.

LG&E said that under the agreement, the plant owners and Virginia Power may exercise their options during early 2001. If exercised, the purchase price will be a combination of cash and the assumption of the projects' contracts and debts. LG&E owns 50 percent of the projects, which began commercial operations in 1992.

An affiliate, LG&E Power Services Inc., will continue to operate the three facilities underseparate contracts with Dominion Virginia Power. Other owners of the projects are subsidiaries of coal company Westmoreland Energy Inc., which owns 30 percent, and Fourfold Cogeneration Corp., a subsidiary of Chrysler Financial Corp., which owns 20 percent.

"We continually look for ways to maximize the value of our assets," said George Basinger, LG&E Energy's senior vice president of independent power operations. "In this instance, it was clearly more beneficial to sell the plants than to retain them."

LG&E said the agreement "is subject to certain regulatory approvals."

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