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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Nevada Power Files Appeal on Pricy Long-Term Contracts

LCG, Apr. 12, 2002--Utility Nevada Power, which had indicated that it could face bankruptcy unless it received approval to recover costs incurred for long-term power purchases, yesterday filed an appeal with the District Court in Carson City to overturn an unfavorable, unanimous rate ruling by Nevada's three-member Public Utilities Commission.

The PUC ruling allowed Nevada Power to recover $485 million out of $922 million requested. Regulators determined that purchases by the utility made during last year's Western power market crisis were imprudent. The utility signed long-term contracts at prices of up to $172 per megawatt-hour.

Nevada Power, which also plans to appeal directly to the PUC for another hearing on the matter, filed the appeal with the District Court in the hopes that it could obtain a judicial order granting its request. Attorneys for intervenors do not see a strong possibility that a judge would be likely to disagree with the commission's findings.

Andrea Smith, a spokesman for Nevada Power said, "we believe the company and community are at risk. We're going to pursue whatever remedies are available to us, and this is one of those remedies." Suppliers and creditors of Nevada Power such as Reliant Energy are seeking their own risk-protection in the form of cash payments, letters of credit or collateral for new power-purchase contracts.
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