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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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Allegheny Asks Permission for Special Borrowing

LCG, July 22, 2003--With its debt already relatively high compared to equity, Allegheny Energy Inc. is seeking to issue new notes that would be backed by regulated utility units, a move that may meet with resistance from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The $2 billion worth of borrowing by the holding company would be used to sustain the unregulated arm of the company. The requirement regarding capital structure for a company owning utilities under the 1935 Public Utility Holding Company Act is to have at least 28% equity in order to issue securities, whereas in Allegheny's case it stands at 20%. The consequences if the request is not granted could be to undermine the utilities Potomac Edison Co. and West Penn Power, according to the public utilities commissions of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Those commissions have expressed their support of the SEC granting the request.

The Wall Street Journal quoted analyst Craig Shere, with Standard & Poor's, as saying that regulators have taken part in a "backlash" against increasing debt on the part of utilities due to fallout from deregulation. Allegheny owns utilities in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and may sell more assets such as trading contracts according to its cash flow situation.
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