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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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Ontario Competition Could Be Slowed by Credit Fears

LCG, Feb. 27, 2002--Although a competitive power market is due to begin in Ontario on May 1, acquisitions of Ontario Power Generation's power-producing assets have been slow enough that the spin-off of utility Ontario Hydro still owns 80 percent of the province's generating assets.

Ontario Power's management attributes the slow pace of divestiture to banks' Enron-inspired fear of utility credit problems. Ron Robinson, vice-president of portfolio management at OPG said, "they don't have the money to come in and invest. Not only are they withdrawing their interest, they're going home to take care of their balance sheets."

The provincial transition plan for full competition requires that within ten years, no more than 35 percent of Ontario electric output should come from OPG. The single major competition-related development in the province to date has involved Bruce Power, a partnership of British Energy Plc and Cameco Corp., a Canadian uranium supplier. Bruce Power's nuclear assets, which it is leasing from OPG until 2018, produce 17 percent of the province's electric power needs.

Some heavy industrial users have voiced concern that unless divestiture accelerates, power prices could increase. Lauri Gregg, of Falconbridge Ltd., the third-largest nickel producer in the world, said, "the faster we get competition the faster we get efficiency in the market." Gregg mentioned that Falconbridge had urged a five-year timetable instead.
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