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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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Cinergy Plans Voluntary Emissions Reductions

LCG, Sept. 10, 2003--Cinergy Corp., which is one of four electric utilities selected by the Bush administration to participate in discussions of voluntary emissions reductions, has said that it has set a goal of 5% reductions in its carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gas" releases by 2012 at the latest.

The company, which owns a significant number of coal-fired electric generation assets, is being advised by the non-profit Environmental Defense, and has earmarked roughly $21 million to determine how it will achieve the reductions. Cinergy's existing power plants would likely be upgraded for greater efficiency, while demand reduction programs based on incentives could also play a role. Further reductions could come from offset programs, which would absorb carbon dioxide through tree plantings or agriculture.

According to officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, 35 participants in its voluntary reduction programs are studying possible implementation of yet-to-be-announced reduction programs, while 11 have outlined their own targets. Dupont, which is recognized as having achieved the most significant reductions (greenhouse gas output is down 68% for global operations, and 40% domestically relative to 1990 levels) is holding its energy consumption at 1990 levels, saving $2 billion in the process.
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