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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Industry News

Cogentrix Puts Itself Up for Sale

LCG, Oct. 26, 2001--Cogentrix Energy Inc., the privately-owned independent power producer, has dropped plans for a public offering of its stock and has instead hired investment banker Goldman Sachs & Co. to find a buyer, Reuters news agency reported yesterday.

With the nation's stock markets in the doldrums, Cogentrix has scrapped plans for an initial public offering and instead expects to realize between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in a direct sale to an energy company looking to broaden its base in independent power production.

Cogentrix, which earned $51.5 million on revenues of $551 million last year, owns outright or has partial ownership in 28 power plants in 14 U.S. states. Its total generation capacity is about 7,800 megawatts.

Because Cogentrix is privately owned, financial information about the company is not available through usual channels, but Reuters said documents detailing the company's financial position have been floating on Wall Street.

At least three energy companies -- Dominion Resources Inc., Dynegy Inc. and El Paso Corp. -- are said to have expressed interest in Cogentrix.

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