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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Montana Power in 5-year Power Deal with PPL

LCG, Oct. 17, 2001--Montana Power Co. and PPL Montana said separately yesterday they have reached a five-year deal with under which it will Montana Power receive 450 megawattsof electricity, beginning July 1 of next year.

Two-thirds of the amount will be baseload power while the remaining 150 megawatts will provide supply during periods of peak demand. The average wholesale price for the entire 450 megawatts is about $32 per megawatt-hour.

"Our objective was to obtain, on behalf of our customers, the best-priced electricity available on the market today. The bid process achieved the results we were hoping for," said Jack Haffey, president and chief operating officer of Montana Power's utility division. "Our customers are assured of safe and reliable electricity supply at very competitive prices."

PPL Montana, a subsidiary of Allentown, Pa.-based PPL Corp., was formed when PPL purchased the 154 megawatt J. E. Corette coal-fired power plant and Montana Power's 529 megawatt share in the Colstrip coal-burner from the utility. Altogether, PPL Montana owns about 1,150 megawatts of capacity in the state.

In its news release, PPL said the deal with Montana Power means it will have about two-thirds of the output of its Montana power plants under long-term contracts by next July.

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