EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

LCG, October 10, 2023 – LCG Consulting (LCG) has released its annual outlook of the ERCOT wholesale electricity market for 2024, based on the most likely weather, market, transmission, and generator conditions.

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Gas Drilling Goes Deeper to Offset Waning Production

LCG, Oct. 14, 2003--Drilling for gas will soon be conducted at previously unheard-of depths in the Gulf of Mexico's continental shelf.

New wells no longer yield the same amount of gas in the Gulf as they once did. Therefore, the Wall Street Journal has reported, firms such as El Paso Corp. and Shell, under the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, are prepared to drill wells as deep as five miles. The willingness to undertake such projects has increased with rising, more volatile natural gas prices, and with forgiveness by the government of royalty payments for some wells at greater depths.

One well now being drilled is called "Shark", which Shell Exploration & Production Co. plans to drill to 26,000 feet, about five miles. No deeper well now exists on the continental shelf. A well at a depth of 30,000 is planned by BP PLC, which has stated that it believes most gas to be drilled is deeper than 20,000 feet, more than three miles.
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