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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PG&E Gets 4-Month Recovery Plan Extension

LCG, July 24, 2001The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco yesterday granted Pacific Gas & Electric Co. a four-month extension to file a Chapter 11 recovery plan without interference from creditors groups.

Companies that have filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 have the sole right to offer a recovery plan for the first 120 days after filing for bankruptcy, a period that would have expired for PG&E on August 6. If bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali had not granted the extension, creditors, shareholders and others could have presented their own plans.

PG&E officials said when they asked for the extension on July 3 that the additional time was warranted because of the complexity of the case. The utility's bankruptcy is believed to be one of the largest ever.

"We want to make sure we develop a plan of reorganization that will reaffirm the company's financial health and that is in the best interests of the creditors and all parties," said PG&E spokesman Ron Low.

A committee representing unsecured creditors said in court papers that it "firmly believes that all parties in interest should move quickly and provide assurance that any filed plan will pay creditors in full and remedy PG&E's various issues and problems."

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