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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PG&E to Pay Franchise Fee to Local Governments on Time

LCG, April 3, 2002-PG&E said yesterday that it will pay $145 million in franchise fees to hundreds of counties and cities in its service area, as required by its contracts.

The 2001 franchise fee surcharge has increased by 44 percent over the 2000 charge.

While the utility is still working out its financial situation in bankruptcy court, PG&E chief executive Gordon Smith has proudly announced that the company will fulfill commitments in franchise fees which he says are necessary to support government programs and services.

Franchise fees, a percent of gross receipts, are charged by cities and counties for PG&E's use of public streets.

Cities and counties with March 31 deadlines have been paid, and those with April 15th deadlines will be paid on time, according to PG&E.

Creditors of PG&E will vote on plans regarding PG&E's $13.2 billion debt later this year.

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