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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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Southern Energy Completes Purchase of Pepco Plants

LCG, Dec. 20, 2000--Southern Energy Inc. said yesterday it has completed its $2.65 billion acquisition of power plants with electric generating capacity totaling 5,154 megawatts fromPotomac Electric Power Co.

"This acquisition, the largest single purchase of assets ever by Southern Energy, is a big step toward meeting our goal of owning or controlling 30,000 megawatts of capacity in the United States by2004," said Marce Fuller, Southern Energy chief executive. "The location of these assets near key energy markets also makes closure of this acquisition exciting."

Southern Energy bought four power plants in the deal: the 837 megawatt Dickerson Station in Montgomery County, Md., the 2,423 megawatt Chalk Point Station in Prince George's County, Md., the 1,412 megawatt Morgantown Station in Charles County, Md., and the 482 megawatt Potomac River Station in Alexandria, Va.

John Derrick, chief executive of Pepco, said closing of the sale "is a significant milestone in Pepco's strategy of transforming the company from a regulated, integrated electric utility into a diversified telecommunications and energy services company, selling and delivering electricity, natural gas, telecommunications and related products in the mid-Atlantic region."

Pepco said part of the proceeds from the sale will be used to retire $525 million of thecompany's outstanding long-term debt. Two hundred million dollars that was borrowed earlier this year to fund a common stock buyback program also will be repaid.

Pepco will also use about $170 million to lower customers' electric bills.

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