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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Solar CPV Project Gains Momentum in Arizona

LCG, January 18, 2012--Salt River Project (SRP), Arizona State University (ASU) and SunPower Corp. recently announced agreements to construct a 1-MW solar concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant at ASU's Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. The solar facility will be the first commercial deployment of the SunPower® C7 Tracker technology that uses parabolic mirrors to focus the sun's energy on the solar PV cells.

SunPower will engineer, install, operate and maintain the system, and SRP will purchase all of the electricity generated from SunPower under a purchase power agreement (PPA). In a separate agreement, ASU will purchase all of the energy attributable to the plant for use at its Polytechnic campus. Plant construction remains contingent on a number of factors, such as receiving all necessary permits.

The SunPower® C7 Tracker is named for its ability to concentrate the sun?s energy by a factor of seven. The C7 combines a horizontal single-axis tracker with rows of parabolic mirrors that reflect and concentrate light onto SunPower Maxeon® silicon solar cells.

ASU's associate vice president of Facilities Development and Management stated, "The installation of SunPower's ground-breaking technology helps move ASU closer to our 2014, 20-megawatt solar energy-generating goal."

The SRP board of directors has also set a goal to deliver 20 percent of its retail electricity requirements from sustainable resources by the year 2020.

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