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

SMUD Announces Budget Plans- No Rate Hike

LCG, November 13, 2002-Sacramento Municipal Utility District(SMUD) announced its budget plans will increase its debt but will not involve retail rate hikes.

SMUD plans to increase its debt in part to pay for new plants. $200 million will go to the construction of a new plant, while $13 million will be put towards wind farm expansion.

Currently SMUD has a debt of $1.8 billion and expects to end the year with a debt of $2.11 billion.

The municipality asserts that it is in very good financial condition and hopes to take in $36 million in excess revenues next year to put into a preexisting emergency fund.

Other issues in its budget include a problematic solar program, which will cost more than previously expected and is forcing the municipality to decide between increasing spending on the solar project or retaining a robust emergency fund. The solar project involves installing 800 kilowatts of solar to some 150 homes and 6 businesses, although SMUD had an initial goal of providing 2,400 KW of new solar power in 2003.

The budget is only in draft form as yet; board members will begin its review this week in Sacramento.

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