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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Dominion Energy Virginia Pursues 500 MW of Renewable Projects

LCG, August 8, 2019--Dominion Energy Virginia announced Monday that it is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of renewable capacity in both 2021 and 2022 to increase its clean energy resources. Dominion Energy stated that it is committed to having 3,000 MW of solar and wind in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022. This near-term step is part of an ultimate company commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 across the 18 states it serves.

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Trans-Alta Sells Transmission Business for $560 Million

LCG, July 6, 2001Trans-Alta Corp. has agreed to sell its power transmission business for $850 million ($560 million U.S.) to a consortium of companies led by SNC-Lavalin Inc. and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, Canada's National Post reported yesterday.

The sale was the final step in Trans-Alta's shift to electric generation and marketing. "It was challenging," said chief executive Steve Snyder. "This is it, in terms of the core restructuring."

The company, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, said it had sold about $2 billion ($1.3 billion U.S.) in assets during the past two years and would spend up to $1.5 billion ($1 billion U.S.) per year over five years expanding its generation capacity.

The purchasing group, known as Alta-Link also includes Trans-Elect Inc., a new U.S.-based independent power transmission company that is keen to add additional transmission capacity to the North American power grid, and Macquarie North America Ltd., an Australian-owned investment bank.

Trans-Elect will operate the lines and own 10 percent of the business. The teachers pension fund will assume all the involved debt and own 25 percent, SNC will own 50 percent of the business and Macquarie North America, about 15 percent.

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