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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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Cost Estimate Increases for Duke's IGCC Project

LCG, November 25, 2009--Duke Energy Indiana (Duke) yesterday announced that design modifications and growth in the scope of its coal-fired, Edwardsport integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project are expected to add approximately $150 million to the prior cost estimate of $2.35 billion.

Duke submitted the new cost estimate with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) as part of its semi-annual update and is requesting the IURC to schedule a separate proceeding by next March, following additional engineering efforts and a revised cost estimate, together with associated rate impacts. The IRUC must approve any cost increase for the project.

Construction on the project commenced last year at Duke's existing Edwardsport Generating Station near Vincennes, Indiana and is scheduled for completion in 2012. Once the new, 630-MW power plant is operational, the old facilities, which include coal and oil units that have a capacity of 160-MW, will be retired.

With the IGCC design, synthetic gas created from coal is used in a gas turbine to generate electricity. The hot exhaust gas from the turbine heats water to produce steam to power a steam turbine and generate electricity a second time.

The gasification process offers the potential for lower cost solutions to capture and sequester CO2, which may assist in efforts to thwart global warming. Duke has a request pending before state utility regulators to study permanent underground carbon storage in geologic formations of a portion of the plant's carbon dioxide emissions.

Duke filed an application for a "Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity" (CPCN) with the IURC to build the plant in September 2006. In November 2007, the IURC directed Duke to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) studies for the project, and Duke filed its plans in May 2008, together with the $365 million cost increase request. In January 2009, Duke received favorable rulings from the IURC that approved the revised cost estimate of $2.35 billion.

The project is expected to receive more than $460 million in local, state and federal tax incentives that will reduce the cost impact on Duke's customers.

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