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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Enron Threatens to Back Out of India Project

LCG, April 10, 2001Enron Corp. of the U.S. yesterday issued to the Indian state of Maharashtra a "political force majeure" notice, constituting a warning that it could withdraw from the $3 billion Dabhol Power Project, where it is locked in a bitter payments dispute with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board.

The 2,364 megawatt plant represents the largest foreign investment in India. Enron's possible exit would damage India's credibility with foreign investors, especially after four other companies withdrew from Indian power projects because of endless red tape and corruption on the state electricity boards.

The U.S. firm Cogentrix withdrew from a project in December 1999 after waiting seven years for approvals that never came. Those approvals might have been received promptly had Cogentrix been willing to bribe government officials.

Enron is owed 2.25 billion rupees ($48 million U.S.) by the MSEB for December power deliveries, and had to resort to India's sovereign guarantees to get paid for October and November. The MSEB countered by fining Enron 4.02 billion rupees for "technical under-performance" and told Enron it could deduct the past due electric bill from its fine.

Enron said the MSEB's fine was "frivolous and a diversion."

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