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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PG&E Unit Owes Rhode Island Utility for Power

LCG, July 6, 2001The Providence (R.I.) Journal wondered this morning how it was possible for a big electric power plant owned by a big utility holding company headquartered in a huge state to owe an itty-bitty local utility in the nation's smallest state more than a half-billion dollars for electricity.

The Manchester Street Station can produce enough electricity to light more than half the homes in Rhode island, yet it is in arrears on $525,000 worth of electric bills to Narragansett Electric Co., the local utility for Providence and environs and former owner of the power plant.

The new owner is USGen New England, which the paper notes is owned by PG&E National Energy Group, which is owned in turn by PG&E Corp. and is a sister company of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which is the local utility for San Francisco and two-thirds of California.

"PG&E National Energy Group is flush with cash (and) can afford to pay its bill)" the Journal thought.

What is a 495 megawatt power plant doing buying electricity in the first place? Well, it can't run all the time, but its customers expect electricity all the time, so USGen buys power from others when it is fixing the Manchester Street Station.

Narragansett Electric says it has been sending a monthly bill to USGen, but none of the bills have been paid. "They have decided to completely blow off their electric bill since September 1998," said Ronald Gerwatowski, the lawyer for the Providence utility.

A spokeswoman for USGen told the paper that details on the purchase of electricity from Narragansett Electric were spelled out at the time USGen bought the plant, but she didn't say whether those details covered non-payment of the bill.

The Journal said the issue has gone to the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission for resolution.

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