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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Boston Edison Parent Asks for Electricity Rate Cuts

LCG, Oct. 16, 2001--NSTAR Electric said yesterday it has asked the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy for permission to cut electricity prices by as much as 27 percent for customers who take default service from the company.

If approved, the rate cut could save those customers more than $11 per month, the company said.

While the reductions vary slightly for three NSTAR affiliates, Boston Edison Co., Commonwealth Electric Co. and Cambridge Electric Co., customers will see roughly the same savings on their monthly electric bills. The typical householder, using about 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, will see his bill drop from the high-$40s to the mid-$30s.

Thomas J. May, NSTAR's chief executive, said "We are delighted to see world energy prices falling so rapidly and we are even happier to see the savings coming home to the people and businesses of Massachusetts. These lower energy prices will save Massachusetts residents and businesses more than $450 million and that will be a major contribution to the financial health of our state's economy."

The company said that it will ask approval next month to cut standard offer rates for the three local utilities. These requests come on top of an earlier filing asking approval to reduce natural gas prices by 32 percent.

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