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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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Duke Defers Site Selection for New Nuclear Reactors

LCG, December 22, 2005--Duke Power yesterday announced that it has deferred the announcement of its site selection for new nuclear reactors until sometime next month. The company is preparing a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to construct two nuclear reactors. Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, plans to submit the COL application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) within the next 24-30 months.

Nuclear power is just one supply option under consideration by Duke Power. The company filed plans last May with the North Carolina Utilities Commission regarding the potential addition of 2,200 MW of generating capacity adjacent to three existing power plants, with total costs of more than $2.3 billion. As an alternative to adding a new coal-fired plant at its Cliffside Steam Station, Duke identified the option of building a new nuclear reactor.

Duke plans to use Westinghouse Electric Co.'s Advanced Passive 1000 (AP1000) reactors, which are each able to generate 1,100 MW of electricity. The AP1000 design incorporates passive safety features that rely upon natural forces, such as gravity, in order to reduce reliance on active systems, such as pumps and valves.

Duke already uses Westinghouse Electric's pressurized water reactor technology, upon which the AP1000 is based, at the Duke Power-operated McGuire and Catawba nuclear stations near Charlotte, North Carolina. The site for the two new reactors will be identified after the completion of its current site selection study, which includes 14 potential sites in the Carolinas.

Duke is a participant in NuStart Energy Development, LLC, a consortium founded in 2004 to support the development of new nuclear power stations. Other participants include Exelon, Entergy, Southern Company, Constellation, Progress Energy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Florida Power & Light, EDF International, and the two reactor vendors, GE and Westinghouse Electric. Many of these participants are pursuing the development of new nuclear reactors in the Southeast, with the combined development plans totaling more than 15,000 MW of new nuclear generation starting operations in the period from 2015 to 2017.

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