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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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Two Former Coastal Corp. Traders Accused of Fraud

LCG, Oct. 30, 2001--The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission yesterday accused two energy traders with defrauding their former employer, Coastal Corp., in an illegal trading scheme five years ago.

Clay Krhovjak and Paul Cochran, who were vice presidents with Coastal's commodity futures trading desk in Houston at the time, were responsible for placing trades with the New York Mercantile Exchange.

They are charged with moving $89,228 from successful Coastal trades into straw man accounts, thus shifting Coastal's profits to themselves.

The Commission said in its complaint that the scheme "ensured Cochran, Krhovjak and other participants risk-free personal profits." The two could face civil penalties and trading prohibitions if found guilty.

Cochran and Krhovjak have already pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Texas. In September of last year, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, with sentencing expected early next year.

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