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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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Power Crisis Drives Service Provider from California Market

LCG, Dec. 21, 2000--New West Energy, the first energy service provider licensed to compete in California's deregulated electricity market, said yesterday it will get out of the retail electricity market in the state and turn its customers back to their local utilities.

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen," President Harry S. Truman said.

New West said the move is in response to recent regulatory changes and the growing financial uncertainty of California's two largest utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co., both of which have incurred billions of dollars in excess power purchase costs.

"The regulatory changes, current supply shortages, price volatility and the vulnerability of the utilities have had the effect of imposing unmanageable financial risks to energy service providers, including New West Energy," said managing director Robert S. Nichols, clearly feeling the heat.

Nichols said New West would become an "energy advisor." These days, everyone is an energy advisor.

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