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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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Proposed OTC Market Regulation Garners Mixed Opinions

LCG, April 8, 2002-Senator Dianne Feinstein's proposal for a transparent over-the-counter derivatives market is feared by some to lead to a more ambiguous and secretive energy market.

California's Democratic Senator Feinstein has attempted to require price disclosure and capitalization requirements for market players who participate in over-the-counter (OTC) markets. OTC participants trade outside regulated exchanges. The energy bill which includes this amendment will be debated in Congress today.

Energy consultants and analysts, such as Peter Fusaro from Global Change Associates, insist that transparency legislation will just result in such markets moving offshore. Spokesmen from Dynegy and IntercontinentalExchange also oppose the legislation, insisting that the government officials do not properly understand the market.

Legislators charge that the opaque OTC market was manipulated to affect power prices last year, and many analysts and economists assert that this legislation could prevent what happened to Enron.

Economist Randall Dodd, previously of the CFTC, said "If Enron (Online) had been properly capitalized and collateralized I think Enron as a derivatives dealer would have survived - and that was the most profitable part of their business"
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