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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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Maryland Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Reopening

LCG, February 13, 2003--Cove Point, a liquefied natural gas facility owned by Dominion Resources, will be reopened as part of a larger U.S. effort to meet increasing natural gas demand.

The plant was closed in the early 80's because it was not cost effective and demand was low.

However, that situation has reversed itself for a number of reasons. Gas field production from older sources is lower, gas imported from Canada declined last year by 4 percent, more U.S. natural gas is exported to Mexico, and many new natural gas-fired power plants have been constructed in the United States.

Cove Point has just 1 bcfd of gas capacity, equivalent to supplying 3.4 million homes/day but some involved believe it will have a larger effect on the natural gas market than its capacity implies.

Dominion expects to see 100 LNG ships dock at Cove Point in 2004, and is spending $187 million in restarting the plant. Dominion bought the plant from Williams Cos. in 2002.

Cove Point is slated to reopen in April or May this year.

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