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Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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EIA Publishes Regional Electricity Supply and Pricing Forecasts Using UPLAN Model

LCG, August 13, 2019--The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that it is revising the presentation and modeling of its forecasts for electricity supply and market hub pricing to better reflect current electricity markets and system operations in the U.S. Beginning with the August 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the new forecasting approach models electricity markets using the UPLAN production cost optimization software developed by LCG Consulting. EIA uses the solution results provided by this proprietary model to develop the STEO forecasts of monthly electricity generation, fuel consumption, and wholesale prices.

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Ratepayers to Pay for Stranded Assets in Texas

LCG, Feb. 4, 2004--The extensive building of new power plants in Texas has rendered many older plants less profitable than they would otherwise be, but according to the state's 1999 deregulation law, the impact on utilities will be reduced through stranded asset charges on consumers' electricity bills.

The amounts of such charges will be greater than utility commissioners or lawmakers anticipated, and stem in part from the fact that little surplus power generated within the state can be exported to neighboring regions.

Stranded asset charges are essentially calculated as the difference between plants' book value and their market value, which are expected to be between $4 billion and $5 billion for CenterPoint Energy Inc., originally Houston Power & Light. This averages approximately $1,000 per customer around Houston. The charges will mean that consumers will not receive refunds as had been anticipated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2001. In the case of TXU Corp., however, a 2002 settlement of $1.3 billion has limited the amounts to be paid by ratepayers for older plants.

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