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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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Edison May Avoid Bankruptcy on its Own

LCG, July 20, 2001For the first time in more than a year, Southern California Edison Co. expects this month to collect more money than it will spend on electricity, giving rise to hopes that it could claw its way out of insolvency without the help of "bailout" plans by the state.

The utility accumulated around $3.5 billion in debt as it was forced to pay high wholesale prices for electricity and sell it to its customers at low rates fixed by California's failed electric deregulation law.

Wholesale power prices in California have dropped dramatically in recent weeks, partly as a result of controls established by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but mostly because of mild weather, the commissioning of new power plants and good performance of existing plants, lower natural gas prices and increased energy conservation by Californians facing higher electric rates.

Recently approved rate increases have enabled the utility to take in more than it is paying out, allowing it to boost its retail rates from about 7 cents per kilowatt-hour to 10.27 cents. SoCal Ed officials said that if those conditions continue a big "if" as a prolonged heat wave could drive power prices up the utility could make payments on a proposed bond offering to pay down the $3.5 billion debt.

The company is far from out of the woods, an executive cautioned. Brian Bennett, a SoCal Ed vice president, said "While we might be able to cover our costs going forward, it is equally important that we have a way to pay off that $3.5-billion debt."

Continued good news could obviate the need for the now-stalled plan by California Gov. Gray Davis to "rescue" the utility by having the state purchase its transmission assets for $2.76 billion. Three bills to make that plan possible are working their way through the state legislature but none appear likely to be approved before lawmakers begin a month-long vacation today.

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