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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Derivatives Oversight Measure Defeated

LCG, Apr. 11, 2002--A measure that would have required public records and tracking of over-the-counter energy derivatives fell 12 votes short of the necessary 60 in the U.S. Senate, and was withdrawn by its lead sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Responsibility for oversight would have been given to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. It would also have set capital requirements for online trading exchanges, whose operations would be made open to inspection.

Strong opposition to the measure came from financial companies, banks and traders. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan have said that the regulation would provide no additional necessary regulatory oversight, and would create counterproductive legal complications within the derivatives market.

A former chairman of investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Sen. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), spoke in favor, saying the amendment "brings forward fairly simple and straightforward oversight functions." Goldman Sachs itself expressed the opinion that more work was needed before enacting a similar porposal.
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