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Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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India's Tata in Talks to Buy Enron's Dabhol Power

LCG, Oct. 15, 2001--India's Tata conglomerate has held "exploratory" talks to take over from Enron Corp. its 65 percent stake in the $2.9 billion, 2,184 megawatt Dabhol power plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

Enron, weary of the difficulty in getting paid for power produced by Dabhol and by constant bickering with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, its only customer, over terms of a contract signed in the mid-1990s, said in July that it wanted out of India and would accept about $1 billion for its interest in Dabhol.

Tate Power has notified the Indian government expressing interest in Dabhol, which it said would require the removal of significant roadblocks. Among these would be a renegotiation of Dabhol's tariffs and a reduction in the interest rates on Dabhol's debt.

Tata Power is talking about paying Enron about 80 cents on the dollar for its investment in Dabhol, a figure that may not be palatable to the Texas-based company.

Spokesman John Ambler said Enron continued to believe the best and quickest way to solve the problem would be for the Indian government, or one of its Indian financial backers, to take on Dabhol.

The Dabhol Power project is India's largest foreign investment, even though Indian lenders provided $1.4 billion in financing for the plant. About $630 million was provided by foreign institutions.

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