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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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El Paso Corp Planning to Sell Assets, Cut Dividends

LCG, February 6, 2003-The El Paso Corporation announced plans yesterday to get rid of $2.9 billion in assets, in addition to drastically shrinking dividends.

El Paso controls over 57,000 miles of natural gas pipeline, natural gas production assets, and liquid natural gas assets. Company officials announced that it will likely cut annual dividends nearly 82%, from 87 cents to 16 cents per share.

Additionally, the company intends to sell $2.9 billion in assets and cut its spending by $1.4 billion. El Paso has set a goal of reducing costs by $150 million.

The company has $2.6 billion in liquidity, although it owes $1 billion in debt, due this March, and much of its credit line may have to be used to meet prior obligations.

El Paso sold $3.9 billion in assets last year and intends to sell petroleum assets, in addition to getting out of the liquid natural gas (LNG) business. The company has noted its intention to concentrate on its core, pipeline businesses.

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