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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Atlanta Gas Light Disconnecting 150,000 Deadbeats

LCG, April 4, 2001Atlanta Gas Light Co. pickup trucks are dashing around the utility's service territory, taking workers to 1,200 households a day where they shut off natural gas service to customers who have got too far behind in their bills.

At that rate, it will take 125 work days to get all 150,000 payment-impaired customers, and by that time some of them will be able to pay their bills and will need to get their service turned back, which takes a lot longer because the AGL worker has to go in the house and turn on all the pilot lights.

The company hopes that slow-pay customers, getting wind of the program, will pay their bills and make the whole thing unnecessary.

"We're going to continue working 1,200 shut-offs a day as long as we have to," said AGL spokesman Nick Gold. "But we hope the large number of customers taking action means the list will get much shorter."

The backlog of deadbeats affects all Georgia natural gas companies, because a 90-day Public Service Commission moratorium on disconnects ended Sunday. So long as that was in effect, some folks found better things to do with their money. The results is, about 10 percent of the state's gas customers are in arrears to AGL and seven other gas companies.

When it comes time to restore service, AGL will be able to handle only 800 customers a day because of the added time required. Also, customers will have to pay $25 to get their gas back.

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