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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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Gas Futures Trading Being Investigated by CFTC

LCG, Jan. 12, 2004--An increase in the price of natural gas futures of 48 percent on the New York Mercantile Exchange, as well as increased market volatility, has prompted the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to subpoena telephone records of firms involved in the market.

Storage levels of natural gas are normal, while temperatures have recently hit record lows in the Eastern U.s. Senators Joseph Liberman, D-Conn., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, have both drawn attention to the increase in natural gas prices that has occurred starting after Thanksgiving of last year. Lieberman requested that the CFTC investigate the possibility of market manipulation.

All firms trading in gas futures on the Nymex are effectively subject to the investigation, as the telephone records covering communications between traders are handled by a single company, Syntegra, which is a unit of BT Group PLC.

A spokeswoman for Nymex, Nachamah Jacobovits, was quoted by Dow Jones Newswires as saying, "Nymex is scrutinizing the market with a fine-toothed comb and monitoring because of the extreme volatility. We feel strongly that our systems are designed to handle extreme situations, but that includes scrutiny during times of extreme volatility."
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