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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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January Gas Shortage in New England Under Investigation

LCG, Jan. 27, 2004--A shortage of natural gas and simultaneous high power prices that occurred in New England in mid-January are the subject of an investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Market Oversight and Investigations, division Director William Hederman, Jr. told Connecticut officials.

The investigation will try to establish whether the reason for the elevated power prices and tight power supplies was based in market fundamentals alone, or whether other factors contributed. The FERC investigation was prompted by a request by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal has been investigating the possibility that power generators chose to sell gas at high prices rather than use it to generate electricity.

The ISO New England, which manages the regional power grid, had warned on Jan. 15 that it was prepared to trigger rolling blackouts if a failure on a line or at a generator made it necessary. The warning was dropped the next day, when the number of available units rose. Blumenthal stated last week that the ISO could have created conditions that led to fewer generators being available. In a statement, the ISO asserted that it had done everything possible to ensure availability of power supplies, although rules that permit generators to sell gas if the plants are not needed for reliability are under review.
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