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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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California Poised to Authorize Legislation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

LCG, August 31, 2006--California is poised to approve legislation intended to
reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Assembly Bill 32, or the "Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006," incorporates the goal Governor Schwarzenegger set last
year to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

After extensive negotiations between Democratic lawmakers and Governor
Schwarzenegger, the bill is now expected to be sent to the Governor for approval
by midnight on today, when the legislative session ends. The Governor has
agreed to sign the bill.

The legislation includes a statewide cap on GHG emissions from electric utilities, refineries, and other selected industries. The program is scheduled for implementation in 2012. The goal is to reduce GHG emissions 25% by 2020 in order to alleviate concerns of global warming that may be caused by such emissions.

The California Air Resources Board would be responsible for developing the
regulations, including an as-yet-to-be defined trading system, plus a mandatory
reporting system to track emissions from the many sources. The bill would allow
for the governor to lift the cap for one year in the event of extraordinary
circumstances.

Related legislation that is anticipated to be sent to the Governor is Senate Bill
1368, which is designed to prevent California utilities from executing long-term
power purchase agreements for electricity from coal plants, which generally emit
the greatest quantity of GHGs (primarily carbon dioxide, or CO2) per unit of
electricity generated of any type of electric generating facility.

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