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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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FERC Requests Information on Megawatt Laundering

LCG, Feb. 19, 2002--The California Independent System Operator has been asked by staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for details relating to past trading and energy generation by companies that exhibit similarities with strategies used by bankrupt Enron Corp.

The ISO produced a report in October which concluded that 20 energy trading companies may have profited by selling output in California through out-of-state trading partners, to avoid price caps within the state. Known as "megawatt laundering," the behavior may have led to millions of dollars in higher costs to the state. Although the report covered the period 1998-2002, FERC will only consider refunds for trading between Oct. 2, 2000 and June 20, 2001.

FERC will consider additional evidence through the end of the month as it decides on whether to grant up to $8.9 billion in refunds. The evidence of megawatt laundering could take the form of schedules submitted to the ISO, which would indicate when and where power would be generated. Enron's actual power generation and transmission of power were sometimes inconsistent with actual usage of the transmission system, allowing it to be paid for relieving congestion where none actually existed.
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