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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Companies Launch Voluntary Emission Trading Exchange

LCG, Jan. 17, 2002--A consortium of mostly US-based companies, as well as the cities Chicago and Mexico City, have announced their membership this week in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a voluntary organization whose members will trade allowances to emit greenhouse gases as part of a four-year pilot program.

Organized by Dr. Richard Sandor, who set up the international market in interest-rate derivatives, the exchange includes as founding members American Electric Power (AEP), Manitoba Hydro and BP, among others. Participants agree to a binding, aggregate reduction of 4 percent in greenhouse emissions compared with 1998-2001 averages, to be achieved by 2006. One reason for the participation of some members with operations in multiple countries is a desire to receive credit for overall reductions under the Kyoto Protocol, rather than needing to meet specific requirements within the borders of each participating country. The Kyoto Protocol, by which countries would be bound to reduce greenhouse emissions below 1990 levels, now requires Russia as a signatory to become enacted.

The CCX would allow credit for offsets as well as reductions of emissions. These could be achieved by non-carbon-based renewable energy development, eliminating the release of methane from landfills or agricultural operations, and by planting trees, mainly if not exclusively in the US and Brazil. Overall, the companies involved in the legally binding agreement emit 700 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. Trading will be faciliated by an Internet-based platform.

Many of the companies involved, which include Dupont and Ford Motor Company, would like to influence how any mandatory "cap-and-trade" programs covering greenhouse emissions in the US are implemented, and hope that experience gained in the CCX will serve as an advantage, should such legislation be enacted.
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