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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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FERC Okays Illinois Gas Pipeline Project

LCG, July 18, 2001Kidder Morgan Inc. unit Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America and Nicor Inc. jointly announced yesterday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved their $79 million Horizon natural gas pipeline project in northern Illinois.

The Horizon Pipeline Co. will build 27 miles of 36-inch diameter pipe and lease 46 miles of existing pipeline from NGPL. The new facilities and leased capacity will allow Horizon to transport 380 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from near Joliet into McHenry County, connecting the emerging supply hub at Joliet with the northern part of the Nicor Gas distribution system and an existing NGPL pipeline.

Kinder Morgan chief executive Richard D. Kinder said "The project serves as a response to the great need for additional natural gas in the growing northern Illinois market, including supplies for proposed new electric power generation projects."

Thomas L. Fisher, chief executive of Nicor, said Horizon would use existing right of way, which will "reduce the environmental impact and landowner concerns about construction."

The companies said land acquisition is currently underway and construction on the pipeline is expected to begin in the fall of 2001, with completion projected in 2002.

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