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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Minnesota Approves Xcel Transmission Upgrade for Wind Power

LCG, September 17, 2004--The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board approved a proposed transmission upgrade that will allow additional wind generation from the Buffalo Ridge area in southwestern Minnesota to be delivered to load centers. The new transmission line will be a 26-mile, 161-kV line that will parallel I-90 most of the route, connecting substations near Lakefield and Sherburn.

Currently there is about 300 MW of wind-driven, generating capacity at Buffalo Ridge. The project is one of four transmission additions planned by Xcel that will enable up to 825 MW of wind generation from the Buffalo Ridge area to be delivered to the Twin Cities and other load centers in the upper Midwest. The total cost for the planned transmission improvements is estimated to be $160 million.

Some local residents have expressed concerns about exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). The recent response of the California Public Utilities Commission to similar EMF concerns related to a transmission project on the San Francisco Peninsula was a number of special requirements, including lowering the depth of the proposed underground lines to 11 feet in all residential areas and by schools, daycare centers, senior centers, parks, and similar public places.

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