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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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State Lands Commission Blocks Southern California LNG Terminal

LCG, April 12, 2007--The California State Lands Commission blocked the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the coast of Southern California earlier this week with a 2-1 vote to not approve a lease permit required for the project.

A spokesperson for the project sponsor, Australia's BHP Billiton LNG International Inc., stated that the terminal would supply an amount equal to ten to fifteen percent of California's daily gas requirements. The supplemental supply of natural gas would be received by tankers from overseas and would improve reliability and potentially lower gas prices. BHP was uncertain as to its next step, which could include pursuing legal action.

The proposed, $800 million facility would be located about fourteen miles off shore from Malibu and would have a capacity of 800 MMcf/day. The LNG would be received from tankers and vaporized at the terminal. The natural gas would be transported via two, 24-inch diameter pipelines from the terminal and delivered into the gas transmission system of Southern California Gas Co.

The lease considered by the Lands Commission would have granted BHP the right to build and operate the pipelines. Commission Chairman John Garamendi voted not to award the lease permit because "serious questions remain about the project's safety and its potential impact on the environment."

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