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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Duke's Plans for Battery Storage System Gain Momentum

LCG, April 15, 2011--Duke Energy Renewables will employ a $44 million dollar, 36-MW battery storage system to support its 153-MW, Notrees Wind Project located in west Texas. Duke's spokesperson stated that it will be the world?s largest power storage system for a wind farm after it is installed late next year.

Duke selected Xtreme Power, a manufacturer of large-scale developer of digital power systems, to design, install and operate the battery storage system. The project is funded in part by a $22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The Notrees Wind Project commenced service in April 2009. The first phase of the project is rated at 90 MW and includes 55 Vestas turbines that operate at 1.65 MWs each; the second phase is rated at 60 MW and includes forty, 1.5-MW General Electric turbines.

The Duke spokesperson stated, "In addition to supplying stored renewable energy, this battery storage system will be capable of providing other key grid services, including helping smooth out the frequency of electricity traveling throughout the power grid....One of the key intents of this energy storage project is to test and demonstrate how that added flexibility can benefit renewable-power projects throughout the country."

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will support the project team and collect data to evaluate other potential grid applications.
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