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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Senate Rejects Energy Regulation

LCG, April 15, 2002On Wednesday the U.S. Senate refused attempts to regulate the derivatives market as part of the larger, pending energy bill.

Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, CA, Maria Cantwell, WA, and Ron Wyden, OR, proposed the amendment, which was to allow for more transparency in otherwise secret energy trading.

The failed amendment, originally spurred by the Enron scandal, requires market players to disclose derivatives trading information in the hope that manipulation of the energy market, as well as unreasonable rate spikes, might be prevented. The three Senators believe that there is a connection between Enron and the unregulated over-the-counter energy market.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairmen Pat Wood and several organizations within the energy industry such as the American Public Power Association, supported the amendment.

However, the opposition, headed by Republican Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, managed to squash it with the argument that Enrons failure was caused by fraud and that the proposed legislation would be detrimental to the over-the-counter derivatives market. Others in the industry suggested that trading might go offshore.

According to the Oregonian, FERC began investigating possible manipulation after an analyst notified them of a 30 percent drop in prices after Enrons December bankruptcy.

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