EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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Dominion Energy Virginia Pursues 500 MW of Renewable Projects

LCG, August 8, 2019--Dominion Energy Virginia announced Monday that it is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of renewable capacity in both 2021 and 2022 to increase its clean energy resources. Dominion Energy stated that it is committed to having 3,000 MW of solar and wind in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022. This near-term step is part of an ultimate company commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 across the 18 states it serves.

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CFTC Wants Energy Price Data from Publisher

LCG, May 20, 2003--An order from a federal judge is being sought by the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission in connection with subpoenas issued to Platts, a division of publisher McGraw-Hill, for documents concerning reported natural gas trades.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found evidence of "epidemic false reporting" among large traders of natural gas, including El Paso Corp., Dynegy Inc., and Williams Cos Inc., the agency said in March. A judge for the U.S. District Court in Houston will preside over a hearing on June 2 to determine whether Platts should be forced to provide the documents which could show the trade data as reported by the companies.

"McGraw-Hill claims that it is cooperating with government regulators. Unfortunately, its definition of cooperation falls far short of the meaning of cooperation," Gregory Mocek, who directs the CFTC's enforcement division, said. Price indexes published by Platts and other sources are used in countless gas contracts to determine the settlement terms.

Fines of approximately $25 million overall have been issued by the CFTC to Dynegy Marketing and Trade, West Coast Power LLC and El Paso Merchant Energy, L.P. after the CFTC determined that trade data the companies submitted to Platts had been falsified.
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