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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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Energy Company Executive Backs Derivatives Bill

LCG, July 10, 2002--The chairman of Aquila, Inc., Richard C. Green, Jr., testified today at a Congressional committee hearing that he sees energy derivatives as "no less important to the energy industry" than they are to the agricultural industry.

Green told the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee today that derivatives allow risk to be distributed to those who are willing to accept it, and minimized for others who want to manage it. Speaking on legislation proposed by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., that would regulate trading of derivatives and make the energy derivatives market subject to greater disclosure, Green said, "It is critical for bodies, such as this Committee, to work quickly to remove uncertainty from the markets, to make corrective remedies where warranted, and to allow the energy industry to get back to the business of building critically needed infrastructure."

The Aquila chairman stated that he supports the most recent form of the Feinstein bill, "as it provides the necessary safety nets to restore public trust while not impeding the dynamics of this marketplace." Green said that futures, options and swaps, "have been shown to be a critical factor in investment and growth of the economy." Aquila, which last year expanded its trading operations, has undertaken a significant corporate restructuring in order to maintain its credit rating, shedding most of its energy trading activity and personnel.
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