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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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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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E·on, BP in Gas-for-Oil Asset Swap

LCG, July 17, 2001Germany's big energy firm Eon AG said yesterday it has reached agreement with British global petroleum giant BP Plc on a swap of assets that will move certain BP gas properties to Eon and some Eon oil interests to BP. A lot of cash will be involved as well.

BP will pay 6.5 billion euros ($5.5 billion U.S.) and assume $950 million in debt for a 51 percent interest in Veba Oel, an Eon subsidiary that owns Aral, Germany's leading chain of gas stations, and will have an option to buy the remaining shares beginning in April. BP said it expects annual savings and revenue increases totaling $200 million if it buys the entire company.

Eon will pay 1.63 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for 51 percent of BP unit Gelsenberg AG, which owns 25.5 percent of Ruhrgas, Germany's largest gas importer and one of Europe's three largest natural gas companies. Eon will also have an option to buy the rest of Gelsenberg beginning January.

Eon, which was formed in 1999 through the merger of utilities Veba AG and Viag AG, earlier this year bought British utility Powergen Plc for $7.4 billion, giving the German company a presence in the British and U.S. electricity markets.

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