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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Senators Wary of Standard Market Design

LCG, Feb. 12, 2002--Senator Pete Domenici, R-N.M., told attendees of a press conference today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will need to build support among Senators, particularly those representing Western and Southeastern states, for the agency's proposed "standard market design" rules.

Domenici noted that FERC Chairman Pat Wood III will attempt to address Senators' concerns about the possibility of regional power prices rising in markets where prices have lately been relatively low. Wood plans to deliver a report in April which is to respond to concerns which have come from local regulators, who may find their oversight abilities reduced. The transition to standard market design, which would redistribute authority over wholesale power markets nationwide, may be conducted on a region by region basis rather than all at once.

Depending upon members' willingness to endorse changes in market operations, Domenici said Congress could prevent regulatory changes through appropriations bills and other means. "Essentially the issue is nobody knows enough about it," he stated, at the event sponsored by the U.S. Energy Association and Energy Daily.

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