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EIA Publishes Study on High Renewables Growth Impact in WECC Markets using UPLAN

LCG, July 19, 2024 – A working paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) utilized the UPLAN model to study the impact of high renewables growth in the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC) markets.

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LCG Publishes 2024 Annual Outlook for Texas Electricity Market (ERCOT)

LCG, October 10, 2023 – LCG Consulting (LCG) has released its annual outlook of the ERCOT wholesale electricity market for 2024, based on the most likely weather, market, transmission, and generator conditions.

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Biomass Fuel Supply Agreement Completed for 100-MW Project in Florida

LCG, January 19, 2011-A biomass fuel supply agreement was finalized for the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC), a 100-MW power project planned for North Florida under development by American Renewables. Under the agreement, Rayonier, an international forest products company based in Florida, will supply logging residues, forest thinnings and other woody waste materials to the project.

Gainesville Regional Utilities will receive the power generated from the project under a 30-year, power purchase agreement (PPA). The project is scheduled to commence operations in late 2013.

The GREC project is planned for a site adjacent to an existing coal-fired power plant located approximately eight miles northwest of downtown Gainesville. The GREC design incorporates a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler.

A number of other biomass power projects across the Nation have stalled due to rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year. First, the EPA called into question whether or not power plants burning biomass are carbon neutral, placing new risk on biomass power plants for carbon emissions. Second, the EPA's proposed Industrial Boiler MACT rule created additional problems for biomass power producers last year by setting emission limits that will be difficult if not impossible to achieve with existing technology. In response to a wave of opposition to the Industrial Boiler MACT rule, the EPA requested last December additional time to develop the rule from the Federal Court, and a ruling on the extension is expected by the end of this week.
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