EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

LCG, October 10, 2023 – LCG Consulting (LCG) has released its annual outlook of the ERCOT wholesale electricity market for 2024, based on the most likely weather, market, transmission, and generator conditions.

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Washington Governor Pushes New Power Plants

LCG, March 7, 2001Washington state Gov. Gary Locke announced yesterday several initiatives that will speed up the construction of new power plants, but they won't help the state this year which could be the worst in memory.

The word "drought" is being used with increasing frequency in the Pacific Northwest as low rainfall has left rivers flowing at half their normal rate and the impoundments behind dams at dangerously low levels.

Those impoundments are the fuel tanks for the turbines that produce the Pacific Northwest's normally abundant hydroelectric power.

"We are looking at a drought of near epic proportions," said Steve Wright, administrator at the Bonneville Power Administration. "My guess is that we are looking at a one- to two-year problem."

Locke said the permitting process for a 520 megawatt gas-fired power plant would be sped up in exchange for pollution control measures and signed a permit allowing Chehalis Power Ltd., a unit of Belgian utility Tractebel SA , break ground on the new plant.

Locke also said two other plants would be expedited, a 240 megawatt facility in Goldendale and a 248 megawatt plant in Centralia. In addition, the state will ease emissions restrictions to allow Avista Corp. to run a small peaking unit in Spokane 24 hours a day.

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