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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Utility and FERC Attempt to Block Moves by Bankrupt Mirant

LCG, Sept. 5, 2003--Mirant Corp. is attempting to cancel $700 million worth of money-losing power supply contracts it signed with Pepco, a utility serving Washington, DC and surrounding areas, while Pepco and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission say that the bankruptcy court overseeing Mirant's reorganization lacks the proper authority to allow such a move.

Mirant, having filed for bankruptcy on July 14, requested that the bankruptcy court allow it to be released from deals in which it sold power to Pepco from plants formerly owned by Pepco, as well as from existing purchase agreements it acquired from the utility. FERC officials, having filed jointly with the U.S. District Court for Northern Texas U.S. on the matter, contend that only FERC should be able to release Mirant from contracts.

A temporary restraining order was issued by the bankruptcy court that barred FERC from issuing any orders concerning Mirant's deals with Pepco. It does not appear likely that, whatever the outcome, Pepco will need to consider the possibility of losing its power supply. Mirant wishes to renegotiate its existing deals. Several deals it is trying to revise are with companies other than Pepco, such as a tolling agreement with a 725-megawatt plant in Texas, Cleco's Perryville. Cleco has said it will seek damages if the contract is cancelled by the bankruptcy court.
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