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Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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AEP's Dresden Plant Begins Commercial Operations

LCG, February 3, 2012-American Electric Power (AEP) announced Wednesday that commercial operation of the Dresden power plant has commenced. The 580-MW, combined-cycle facility is fueled by natural gas and is located near Dresden, Ohio. According to AEP, natural gas now accounts for 24 percent of AEP's total generating capacity.

AEP's president and chief executive officer stated, "This is another step in the transformation of AEP's generating fleet as we continue to diversify our fuel mix to improve our environmental footprint and provide economical electricity for our customers. Natural gas will become an increasing part of AEP's generating portfolio in the coming decades as a result of the development of shale gas reserves and new environmental regulations, but we continue to believe our company and our nation need a diverse electricity generating portfolio that also includes investment in cleaner coal technologies, nuclear and renewable power."

AEP purchased the partially constructed facility in 2007 for approximately $85 million through its AEP Generating Company subsidiary from Dresden Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Dominion. In January 2011, AEP accelerated construction, and total costs for the plant were approximately $366 million.

The Dresden plant will supply power to AEP's Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.
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