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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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Enel Buys 40% Stake in Camuzzi Gazometri

LCG, Oct. 17, 2001--Italy's government-owned electric utility Enel yesterday acquired a 40 percent stake in Camuzzi Gazometri for 434 million euros ($400 million U.S.), the Financial Times reported this morning.

Enel, which wants to be all utilities to all Italians, providing service under one brand name for electricity, gas, water and telecommunications, made its first purchase in the natural gas sector last June. It has since gobbled up 13 gas distribution companies.

The stake in Camuzzi Gazometri, which it has the option of expanding to 100 percent by the end of next year, will make Enel Italy's second largest gas distributor after Gruppo Italgas.

Enel bought its 40 percent stake from Mill Hill Investments, Camuzzi Gazometri's controlling shareholder. The Financial Times says the acquisition means Enel could achieve its target of acquiring 2 million residential natural gas customers by the end of next year - two years ahead of its original target date.

According to the paper, Enel and Mill Hill investments have put in a place a series of management mechanisms to ensure that Camuzzi is managed "in their common interest". The agreement gives Mill Hill an option to buy back its 40 per cent stake by October of next year at a price that is 25 per cent above Tuesday's sale price, the report said.

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