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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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Presidential Permit Issued for Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. Project

LCG, November 18, 2008-- Tonbridge Power Inc. yesterday announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) published its Record of Decision to issue a Presidential Permit for the proposed Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. (MATL) transmission line project that will provide the first, direct link from Alberta to electricity markets in the United States.

The Presidential Permit allows MATL to construct, operate, maintain and connect a single-circuit, 230-kV electric transmission line along the preferred alternative route identified in the EIS. According to Tonbridge, the Presidential Permit is the last and final regulatory approval required by MATL to build the power transmission line.

The international line will extend northward from an existing NorthWestern Energy (NWE) 230-kV switchyard at Great Falls, Montana to a new substation to be constructed northeast of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The new line is expected to enhance the development of wind farms along its route. Approximately 130 miles of the 203-mile long transmission line will be built in the United States.

When the project is complete, the line will have a bidirectional path rating of 300 MW. Two "Open Season" capacity auctions occurred for this merchant power transmission project, and 300 MW of northbound and 300 MW of southbound capacity were awarded. The line has a physical capacity of 650 MW to enable future capacity upgrades.

Tonbridge Power is the 100% controlling shareholder of the project.
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