PacifiCorp Issues RFP for Over 4,300 MW of Generation Resources

LCG, July 9, 2020--PacifiCorp Monday issued the largest request for proposals (RFPs) for energy projects in company history, seeking more than 4,300 MW in solar, wind and battery storage resources that can connect to its 10-state transmission system and achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2024.

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Analysis of Resource Adequacy in ERCOT - July - December 2020

LCG, June 30, 2020 - LCG Consulting just released its analysis of ERCOT for the second half of 2020, July through December.

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Connecticut AG Opposes ISO-NE's Latest Proposal

LCG, September 8, 2004--ISO New England's (ISO-NE) latest proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to include two locational ICAP (Installed Capacity) markets in Connecticut is opposed by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who estimates customers in the Southwest Connecticut market could annually pay as much as $100 million more for power. "It provides a windfall to power-plant owners and higher rates charged to one area of the state without any benefit to consumers."

The locational ICAP markets are designed to attract new generation on a locational basis, i.e., where it is needed given the location of load and transmission lines, to improve electric reliability. ISO-NE's original proposal of March 1, 2004 included four ICAP Regions: Northeast Massachusetts-Boston, Maine, Connecticut, and Rest of Pool. In response to specific directives from the FERC, the latest testimony submitted by ISO-NE splits Connecticut into two locational markets (Southwest Connecticut and Rest of Connecticut), recognizing the current transmission limitations.

In the long run, if generation is attracted (consistent with the objective of the market design) and/or transmission upgrades - such as the proposed Middletown-Norwalk transmission upgrade - occur, then the locational markets would see similar prices and could even be combined. However, electric infrastructure additions in Connecticut have been slow to occur at best.

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