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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CA Commission Submits its PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

LCG, April 16, 2002-The California Public Utilities Commission filed its plan for PG&E's emergence from bankruptcy.

The Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Utility both have ideas about how to erase the $13.5 billion debt that the utility shoulders. According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco, the utility's creditors will get to vote on which proposal should be implemented.

The plan submitted by the Commission calls for payment of creditors, including interest, as well as the re-establishment of an investment-grade credit rating by 2003. The plan includes withholding dividends from shareholders until the end of January next year. The utility would also be required to sell some of its common stock to resolve some thirteen percent of its debt.

The unpaid dividends may result in "substantial litigation," according to PG&E, and the utility fears that the sale of stock and the suspension of dividends will be detrimental to employees and retirees who own a lot of stock in the utility.

Additionally, the Commission's plan provides for no increase in electricity rates, and PG&E must continue to abide by state regulations. PG&E Corporation, PG&E utility's parent company, will also be partially responsible, monetarily speaking, for getting PG&E utility out of debt.

PG&E's rival plan, submitted earlier, suggests breaking the utility into four companies, three of which would fall outside of state regulation and therefore out of the influence of the Public Utilities Commission.

May 3rd is the deadline for all objections regarding the Commission's plan, and Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali has suggested the 17th of June for the commencement of voting by creditors.

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