EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

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TVA's Leasing Deal Seen As Avoiding Debt Cap

LCG, Jan. 30, 2002--The budget proposal to be released next week by President Bush, the Tennessee Valley Authority will show $300 million more in liabilities than the agency believes it has.

According to the Wall Street Journal, new attention to strict accounting standards caused the Office of Management and Budget to classify the TVA's leasing deal for a natural gas plant as a debt. TVA owned the plant until it arranged with a unit of Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. to receive a one-time payment for the plant, which was under construction, and then lease the plant in order to cover outstanding construction costs.

The TVA is allowed to borrow up to $30 billion, but having outstanding debt on the plant would have put its debt above $25.4 billion. Its management would like to be able to expand its generating assets. By taking the gas-fired peaking plant off its list of assets, it avoids fluctuations in the plant's market value, and as chief financial officer David Smith says, it is able to "build flexibility into our portfolio."

The OMB has insisted that the arrangement be recognized as a long-term obligation, not a normal operating expense.

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