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Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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NRC Asked to Extend Licenses for Peach Bottom Nukes

LCG, July 3, 2001Exelon Corp. said yesterday its Exelon Nuclear subsidiary had filed applications with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking that the operating licenses of Units 2 and 3 of the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station near Lancaster, Pa. be extended for 20 years.

"A 20-year extension in Peach Bottom's operating license is an investment in 2,200 megawatts of clean, emission-free electricity and helps to ensure an economical and reliable source of power for southeastern Pennsylvania for years to come," said Oliver D. Kingsley, president of Exelon Nuclear.

Exelon said its license renewal team has reviewed more than 100 systems and inspected more than 40,000 items of plant equipment to determine that the two reactors will be able to continue operation without risk to public safety or health. In a nutshell, the company said the plants are better than new because of stringent maintenance requirements and continued improvement in operations.

Last year, the Peach Bottom plant generated the most electricity in its 25-year history, Exelon said.

Exelon pointed out that the license renewal will cost about $18 million for both reactors, or around $8 per kilowatt of capacity. By comparison, building a new natural gas-fueled power plant can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per kilowatt of capacity, the company said.

Exelon and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. each have a 46.25 percent ownership interest in Peach Bottom, with Conectiv Inc. owning the 7.5 percent balance.

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