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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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Cheaper, Plastic Solar Cells to Come

LCG, April 1, 2002-- Semiconducting plastics may make solar cells easier and much cheaper to make.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a nano-scale combination of conducting rods and liquefied semiconducting plastic. The neophyte cell produces a tiny bit of electricity and will take a decade or so of development before being applied commercially. However, the use of specially designed and carefully manipulated molecules have opened up the range of possibilities for solar cells, which up to now have been most successfully made from silicon.

The Berkeley team, headed by Paul Alivisatos, receives federal funding from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, less than $300,000 for three years.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Alivisatos says that the group's photovoltaic process could be used in small applications within 2 to 5 years.

Silicon and other crystalline semiconductors are costly to produce because of their high melting temperatures and the need for extremely "clean" production conditions. Recently discovered plastic semiconductors are much cheaper to produce.
While today solar energy involves the roundabout process of heating water into steam to power electricity-producing turbines, solar cells sidestep the turbine and convert the sun's rays directly into electricity.

U.S. and Japanese researchers, including University of California, Santa Barbara professor Alan Heeger, shared the Nobel prize in 2000 for plastic conductivity.

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