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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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Settlement Reached Between Ontario, Coral

LCG, Feb. 24, 2003--Coral Energy has paid C$1.6 million ($1.07 million) to Ontario's Independent Electricity Market Operator (IMO), while making "no admission of a breach of the market rules," according to the IMO website.

The settlement marks the largest such voluntary payment by an energy trader to the IMO. Neither Coral Energy nor IMO spokesmen would provide any information about what transactions were related to the settlement. According to Jimmy Fox, a Houston-based spokesman for Coral, the company did not gain financially from its trades, and did not manipulate the market.

The IMO coordinates the balance of demand and supply based on its monitoring of trades. It has investigated 106 trades that failed before execution during last summer, and has ceased looking into 41 of them. At least double the number of trades being investigated failed shortly after Ontario's retail market was deregulated. Retail price caps were imposed following price increases under deregulation that brought political pressure to bear on the government. The caps are due to expire in three years.

Critics of the return to regulation say that the move discourages investment in new generation, and will lead to a supply shortage and the need for Ontario to buy imported electricity at higher prices. The CEO of Atco Power, Nancy Southern, said last year that strong transmission links to the United States could enable new Ontario-based plants to export power profitably across the border.
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