EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

LCG, October 10, 2023 – LCG Consulting (LCG) has released its annual outlook of the ERCOT wholesale electricity market for 2024, based on the most likely weather, market, transmission, and generator conditions.

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Industry News

FERC Money-Pool Conference Planned

LCG, Sep. 9, 2002--In keeping with a plan by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to set tighter controls on the cash flow between regulated and unregulated affiliates, the agency will hold a conference in two weeks with utility and other company input.

Some utilities are wary of such rules, as requiring an affiliate that borrows from a "money pool" managed by one part of a larger corporate entity to be rated investment-grade by a rating agency would not be immediately possible in many cases. Many affiliates currently do not receive any rating, as they do not raise their own financing. The Securities and Exchange Commission receives reports on a quarterly basis that detail transactions within a money pool, including the terms of any loans.

According to a pipeline industry group, a rating would require payments to a rating agency of at least $100,000 for the audit costs.
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