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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Unistar Nuclear Energy Engages AREVA-Bechtel Power

LCG, February 5, 2008--UniStar Nuclear Energy, a joint venture between Constellation Energy and the EDF Group, yesterday announced that it has engaged an AREVA-Bechtel Power consortium to start developing the detailed design engineering for UniStar's proposed fleet of advanced nuclear power plants in the United States.

The announcement indicates both growing momentum and commitment by Unistar to develop a fleet of nuclear reactors using AREVA's U.S. Evolutionary Power Reactor (U.S. EPR) design, which is a Generation III+ design based upon AREVA's 1,600-MW, European EPR now being deployed in Europe. In December, AREVA filed its design certification application for the U.S. EPR with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). AREVA expects the Design Certification application will be validated by 2010, which would enable a U.S. EPR to be licensed and ready for operation as early as 2015.

UniStar is working to develop U.S. EPRs at a number of sites. Unistar is using the U.S. EPR design in its plans to build a nuclear reactor at Constellation Energy's existing Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Maryland. In July 2007 Unistar filed the environmental report portion of a combined construction and operating license (COL) application with the NRC to build the reactor, and Unistar plans to submit the remainder of the application in early 2008. On January 25, the NRC accepted for detailed review UniStar's partial COL application. UniStar plans to submit the remaining portions of the COL application in March.

In December 2007, PPL Corporation announced that it contracted with Unistar to prepare a COL application with one of its subsidiaries to submit to the NRC for approval to build and operate a nuclear reactor using AREVA's U.S. EPR design. The reactor would be built near the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. The existing Susquehanna facility is jointly owned by PPL Susquehanna, LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna. The application will be submitted by the end of 2008.
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