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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Industry News

FERC Raises Western Price Cap

LCG, July 12, 2002--Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raised the maximum price for wholesale electricity by 65 percent.

Citing the risk of supply disruptions, FERC has increased the price cap in the West from $55.26 per megawatt hour to $91.87.

FERC is concerned that the $55.26 price cap will leave power generators unable to sell electricity at a price that complies with the production cost. FERC contends that the increased cap is in the consumers' interest and will result in reduced risk of summer blackouts.

The California Independent System Operator limited the price cap on Tuesday to $55.26 using complex analysis related to peak prices during shortages. On Wednesday, a stage 2 emergency was called in California, as unusually hot weather reduced energy reserves to less than 5 percent. FERC increased the cap yesterday to return it to the $91.87 level amid fears that the low cap would discourage companies from selling electricity to California.

In any case, the specific amount allotted price caps has limited significance, since FERC insists that the Western price cap will expire September 30.

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