Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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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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Canadian Plan Could Put Some Gas Wells Off-Limits

LCG, July 7, 2003--The announcement by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB) that gas wells in northestern Alberta could be shut in led to a three-day gathering last week of gas producers and developers of oilsands for hearings by the board.

In many locations, natural gas and oilsands are found layered on top of one another, and therefore, those planning to extract either resource will be affected by the final decision. Based on current scientific knowledge, the degree to which they would be harmed or benefitted is under debate. The board bases its proposal on the idea that extraction of gas will decrease pressure that is needed to extract oilsands.

Various oilsands developers are on opposite sides over the decision, which would affect roughly 900 wells, or 2 per cent of Alberta's remaining reserves. Some developers of oilsands, such as Imperial Oil, Petro-Canada and Nexen Inc., do not oppose the plan. Some of these companies would plan to use steam to force oilsands out of the ground. Petro-Canada is concerned that if the proposal is not enforced, the company could lose the ability to extract between 600 million and 1.5 billion barrels.

The question of how the board arrived at its decision and whether it was fair was raised by Paramount Energy Trust, which has said compensation awarded for the loss of its access to gas wells could be substantial. Petrocan estimates the bitumen deposits' value greatly outweighs the value of natural gas, representing "over a trillion dollars' worth of bitumen".
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