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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Pennsylvania Dereg Savings Evaporate

LCG, April 17, 2001When Pennsylvania deregulated its electric industry, success was measured in part by the numbers of customers who switched to new sources of power, and saved money in the process. And many customers switched, including about 100,000 householders who left Duquesne Light Co. and began buying electricity from Allegheny Energy Supply.

According to a story in this morning's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Allegheny Energy has begun notifying those 100,000 residential customers that it is raising rates to 4.89 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from the 3.95 cents to 4.60 cents it charged when they switched.

The new prices, which go into effect next month, will be the same prices that Duquesne Light's energy supplier, Orion Holdings, charges customers who did not switch to an alternative electricity supplier, the paper said.

Allegheny Energy spokeswoman Janice Lantz blamed the price increase on soaring wholesale power prices throughout the country. "Deregulation is on hold," she said, adding that the benefits derived from it could re-appear if wholesale prices moderate.

Those Allegheny Energy Supply customers who decide to remain with the company instead of returning to Duquesne will pay the 4.89 cents rate through February 2002, after which the rate is expected to rise to 5.61 cents a kilowatt hour -- slightly below what Duquesne is expected to charge, the Post-Gazette said.

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