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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Progress Energy Plans Florida Peaking Plant

LCG, July 10, 2001Progress Energy Inc. said yesterday it plans to build a 320 megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant about 50 miles east of Sarasota. The facility is expected to begin commercial operation next year.

Progress Energy, which was formed by the merger between Carolina Power & Light Co. and Florida Progress Corp., said it had purchased the 30-acre site near Arcadia, Fla. from Entergy Wholesale Operations, and will lease additional property abutting it.

The company plans to install two 160 megawatt combustion turbines on the site, which will operate in simple cycle as a peaking plant, producing power during periods of highest demand.

Progress Energy said environmental permits and zoning have been approved for the site, and site clearing is scheduled to get under way today, followed this fall by construction, with the units coming on line next summer.

The 320 megawatt plant will be owned and operated by an ad hoc subsidiary, DeSoto County Generating Co. The site is permitted to accommodate an additional combustion turbine, though at this time, there is no definitive schedule for adding a third unit, the company said.

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