EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

LCG, October 10, 2023 – LCG Consulting (LCG) has released its annual outlook of the ERCOT wholesale electricity market for 2024, based on the most likely weather, market, transmission, and generator conditions.

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Transmission from Alberta Could Serve U.S.

LCG, Feb. 7, 2003--Surplus power generated in Alberta's oilsands region could be transmitted to western U.S. customers, based on studies undertaken by TransCanada Power LP.

The project, called the NorthernLights line, would be a direct-current line with a capacity of 2,000 megawatts. Plants serving the line would be those in the Fort McMurray area, where several companies, including Syncrude Canda, Suncor Energy and Albian Oil Sands, have operations to produce electricity and steam.

The plans currently under review would mean construction would begin in 2005, with operation of the line starting in 2008. Representatives of TransCanada and Alberta Energy Minister Murray Smith made a trip this week to Oregon and Washington, where they saw possible customers for the power that would be made available.

Although U.S. customers are seen as having significant future demand for power, as much as 50% more by 2020 than current average daily demand, Alberta's Transmission Administrator will likely be involved in making sure that Alberta's customers receive enough power to maintain reliability in the province.
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