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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Industry News

Coal Prices May Feel Upward Pressure

LCG, Feb. 14, 2003--Following a decrease in capacity among coal companies due to low demand, coal-burning power producers who have let their own inventories shrink could spur price increases when demand returns.

Electricity produced from coal makes up 52% of the U.S.'s energy, yet power producers may have tried to realize savings by skimping on purchases. No concrete numbers are available, but some coal producers believe that the much cold winter now in progress has the potential to cause dangerously low inventories, especially if deliveries to power plants are delayed for any reason. The Energy Information Administration has estimated that the size of coal piles will contract by 5 million tons in the first quarter of the year.

In addition to the incentive of savings, sporadic coal purchases by power producers have likely been caused by lowered credit ratings and less favorable credit terms in the wake of the Enron scandal. Those contracts that have been signed recently have generally been shorter than before, in the range of one to three years in some cases rather than ten to fifteen years.
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