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 India Lenders to Meet in London

LCG, April 19, 2001Enron Corp. said this morning that its Enron India subsidiary has scheduled an April 23 meeting in London with financial institutions that lent money for the construction of the Dabhol power plant in India's state of Maharashtra.

The meeting is planned to bring Dabhol's lenders up to date on ongoing differences with Maharashtra and the state's government owned utility, but could foreshadow international arbitration in the dispute. Earlier this month, Enron issued a notice of "force majeure" which is the first step in taking the matters to arbitration.

Maharashtra agreed with Enron in 1995 on construction of a 740 megawatt "first phase" of Dabhol and to a 1,450 megawatt second phase to be built on the heels of the first, with the state to purchase the entire output. The state's utility, the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, has defaulted regularly on payments to Dabhol for power from the first phase and now says it has no interest in the second phase, which is nearly complete.

Enron has twice invoked India's federal guarantee to secure payment of monthly electric bills and is now owed about $48 million for power delivered in January. Lenders have extended about $1.2 billion for construction of the second phase, which is expected to begin operation later this year.

Lenders likely to attend next Monday's meeting in London include the Indian institutions Industrial Development Bank of India, Industrial Finance Corporation of India , Canara Bank, State Bank of India and ICICI Ltd., an investment bank.

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