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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Enron Looks for End to Dabhol Troubles

LCG, July 10, 2001The governments of many nations and some of the biggest banks in the world want to see an end to the dispute over Enron Corp.'s $2.9 billion Dabhol power project in the Indian state of Maharashtra, Enron chairman Kenneth Lay told reporters today.

"I think it's in everybody's best interest -- the government of India, the government of the U.S., the investors, the government of Japan -- we have many government financial entities involved in this project," Lay said.

Yesterday, Lay met separately with Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha and Power Minister Suresh Prabhu. Today, he was to meet with the chief minister of Maharashtra.

He said yesterday's meeting with Sinha did not yield a solution to the brouhaha, a contentious battle with Maharashtra and its state-run utility over payments for power. "Obviously we didn't come to any conclusion today. We didn't expect to come to any conclusion today. It will take some more work," Lay said, adding "certainly we're very hopeful."

Dabhol's total debt is around $2 billion, with Indian lenders holding about $1.4 billion of the paper. Lay said some of the biggest banks in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan have portions of the remaining $600 million.

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