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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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Dominion Energy Virginia Pursues 500 MW of Renewable Projects

LCG, August 8, 2019--Dominion Energy Virginia announced Monday that it is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of renewable capacity in both 2021 and 2022 to increase its clean energy resources. Dominion Energy stated that it is committed to having 3,000 MW of solar and wind in operation or under development in Virginia by 2022. This near-term step is part of an ultimate company commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 across the 18 states it serves.

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Third New Coal-fired Unit Planned for Sunflower's Holcomb Station

LCG, July 11, 2006--Sunflower Electric Power Corporation yesterday announced that its Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative approved a Letter of Intent (LOI) that will result in Golden Spread's ownership interest of not less than 400 MW of the planned 700 MW Holcomb East unit to be built at Sunflower's Holcomb Station site near Holcomb, Kansas. Plans are underway to build two other 700-MW units that would be owned by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Sunflower would operate and maintain all of the new units.

Sunflower stated that it expects to name additional participants in the new unit shortly and that the agreement will require the approval of both the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC).

Holcomb Station became operational in 1983 and has a generating capacity of 360 MW. The plant now burns low-sulfur coal mined in Wyoming?s Powder River Basin and delivered to the plant by rail.

All three new units would employ a supercritical, pulverized coal technology and would leverage existing facilities, such as the rail spur and systems for coal handling, waste treatment, and water treatment. The new units will use also use low-sulfur coal from Wyoming and feature best available control technologies.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2007, with the Tri-State units scheduled for construction beginning in mid-2008 and 2009. The units are expected to be on-line in mid-2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. Tri-State will serve as the construction manager for all three new units.

Sunflower filed an application for an air permit for three new units with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Sunflower anticipates public hearings to be held in October.

Tri-State has previously stated that it plans to invest $2.5 billion in the two new units, plus $700 million for up to 550 miles of 345-kV transmission lines stretching from the plant into eastern Colorado.
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