Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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Regional Demand Management Considered by FERC

LCG, Feb. 20, 2002--Officials at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may issue rules that give control of demand curtailment programs to regional transmission managers, instead of local utilities.

The commission favors regional management because it could increase reliability, by encouraging demand-related decisions that support regional objectives. Some utilities now have programs that allow customers to obtain lower rates in exchange for cuts in their power usage during times of high demand.

The chairman of the FERC, Pat Wood, last week told a conference on demand management funded by the government that "I'd like to see it done regionally." He hinted that a planning document due in March could include rules on demand-response programs. George Edgar, now a director at Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp. and formerly at the FERC, said "we need a system where the value of energy efficiency that is occurring in Wisconsin could be used to offset regional transmission needs. In other states, the same thing could happen."

Currently, Wisconsin utilities with demand-response programs coordinate with the American Transmission Co., a company formed in 2000 at the same time that utilities were legally required to divest themselves of transmission assets. The sales were meant to prevent market manipulation by local owners of transmission infrastructure.
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