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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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Arizona Judge Recommends Divestiture Delay

LCG, July 24, 2002-Arizona Corporation Commission Judge Lyn Farmer issued an opinion yesterday recommending delaying the transfer of Arizona utilities' assets to unregulated affiliate companies.

Judge Farmer wrote that the divestiture of assets should wait until at least July 1, 2004. The intervening time would be spent conducting electricity market studies in order to guide the Arizona Corporation Commission in setting mitigation measures preventing negative market impact from the divestiture. Farmer advised that Pinnacle West Capital Corp.'s Arizona Public Service Company and Unisource Energy Corp.'s Tucson Electric Power be required to do such studies.

Farmer's opinion made no mention of the interim divestiture planned by Pinnacle West Energy, which would involve the sale of a few, recently constructed energy assets to Arizona Public Service Company. Three commissioners support the plan, which is meant to assuage Pinnacle West's financial concerns.

Arizona is currently shifting to a competitive energy market, but in light of recent market manipulation practices, the Commission is likely to be more cautious in moving assets out of state hands.

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