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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California DWR May Void Sempra Contract, It Says

LCG, Apr. 4, 2002--The California Department of Water Resources has said it may void a $7 billion contract with Sempra Energy because Sempra has not built a 300-megawatt power plant.

According to the DWR spokesman Oscar Hidalgo, Sempra had promised to build the Elk Hills power plant near Bakersfield as part of its deal with the state signed last year. The contract sets the price at which DWR buys power at $160 per megawatt-hour, whereas spot prices are now typically at $30.

Sempra has said that it is proceeding with construction on a more efficient plant than was originally planned at Elk Hills as well as new plants in Mexico and Arizona, but that the contract had not included a requirement concerning Elk Hills. The new Elk Hills plant should be operational by next year. For the moment, Sempra intends to buy power on the open market as DWR traders do, and resell it to DWR. Sempra cites the cost of building a plant as being greater than simply buying power.

The DWR's energy traders insist that "commercially reasonable" progress must be made on Elk Hills within 60 days if they are to honor the contract. Traders with the DWR have cancelled a much smaller, $35 million contract with Soledad Energy because of deliveries of only 20 to 30 percent of the 13 megawatts purchased.
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