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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Enron Prepared for Higher California Energy Prices

LCG, Apr. 11, 2002--A state senator from California testifies today before a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on internal Enron documents indicating that the company secured large amounts of electric power and natural gas in mid-2000 before a surge in wholesale electricity prices set off a power crisis in the Western states.

The senator, Joseph Dunn, has prepared remarks concerning evidence that Enron was betting on large price increases. The company said during the height of the power supply crisis in 2001 that it was not deriving benefit from the higher prices, due to the increased cost of obtaining power. It cited such costs as a reason to back out of a direct service, four-year power supply contract with the state university system in February 2001.

Dunn will say of electricity purchases, "we know from the daily position reports, which Enron provided our committee, that as the summer of 2000 approached, Enron's traders had taken increasingly 'long' positions in the market..." According to Dunn, the tracking of gas purchases show the company wanted to become a net seller of gas. Remarks obtained in advance reflect a finding that "staggering shifts, a veritable sea change, from short to long positions are found in Enron's own books."

Additional testimony will cover the company management's opinions concerning the effects of deregulation. Within Enron, a strong supporter of the deregulated marketplace, documents indicated that "internal predictions do not appear to support...hyperbolic promises" concerning lower consumer prices.
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