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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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Rhode Island Bill Would Spur Electric Competition

LCG, Feb. 27, 2002--A bill introduced by Rhode Island lawmakers would attempt to make lower power prices available to the state's small power users.

House Speaker John B. Harwood, D-Pawtucket, and Rep. Brian P. Kennedy, D-Hopkinton, say that the proposed legislation is meant to succeed in ways that the Utilities Restructuring Act of 1996 did not. Since, 1998, customers have been able to choose a supplier other than Narragansett Electric.

Marketers are generally not seen as being as willing to court consumers as they are large businesses, due to the relatively high cost needed to attract a small amount of additional consumer sales. One part of the bill would allow municipalities to solicit bids from suppliers on behalf of their residents, and switch all residents' to the least expensive supplier except for those who opted not to be switched. Thirty-four Rhode Island towns are already realizing savings based on a deal negotiated by the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns for a duration of five years beginning in 1999.

Despite the bill's focus on allowing aggregation of tens of thousands of customers, it would also give individual customers an option to select higher-priced "green power" produced from renewable resources.

Rate structures would have to reflect different time-of-day costs. In Washington state, a move to higher charges for customers during day-time peak periods have coincided with a shift in power usage towards off-peak periods, when lower prices are in place.

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