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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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TVA Pursues License Extension for Sequoyah Nuclear Plant

LCG, February 12, 2013--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently announced that it completed a comprehensive application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a 20-year extension of the operating licenses for both units at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

The current, 40-year operating licenses expire in 2020 and 2021. The 20-year license extension will enable operation of the units, each with an electric generating capacity of approximately 1,160 MW, until 2040 and 2041. The NRC authorized renewal of 20-year operating licenses for TVA's Browns Ferry units 1, 2 and 3 in 2006.

TVA's Chief Nuclear Officer stated, "By applying for a 20-year extension of our current operating license now, we are affirming to the NRC that our plant is safe and in solid material condition. Extending the operating life of this nuclear plant supports TVA's vision to provide low-cost, cleaner electricity and a balanced energy portfolio."

TVA expects the license renewal process to cost approximately $23 million, including NRC charges to TVA to review the applications. TVA's Board of Directors approved the recommendation to submit the necessary paperwork to file a license renewal application. TVA submitted its operating license extension applications to the NRC on January 15.

The license application process will include local public meetings held by TVA over the next two years, and the scope will addresses specific requirements to assure safe plant operation. TVA stated that, as part of its application, it developed its own environmental report to support the NRC review.
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