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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CFTC Apparently Considering Market Abuse Charges

LCG, Feb. 14, 2003--Cooperation between the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), federal prosecutors, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seems the likely result of a Wednesday meeting of over forty participants organized by the CFTC, which could signal aggressive pursuit of energy market abuse charges.

The CFTC's expertise in commodities markets and oversight of futures exchanges, coupled with the criminal indictment powers of U.S. Attorney offices across the country, may be wielded against traders believed to have submitted false trades to publishers of price indexes. "It's an unprecedented kind of meeting in my experience," Michael Greenberger, a former director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commissions's trading and market division, told Dow Jones. "This meeting smacks of this being taken very seriously."

To date, two sets of charges have been brought by U.S. Attorney's offices, one against Todd Geiger for gas trades he reported in November 2001, and another against former Dynegy trader Michelle Valencia, for reporting in late 2000 and early 2001. In addition to alleged attempts to manipulate energy prices through fabricated price reporting, such strategies as round-trip energy trades could be prosecuted.
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