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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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SCE Submits Technical Responses to NRC Regarding SONGS

LCG, February 28, 2013--Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that it submitted on Monday new information requested by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to further progress towards restarting San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Unit 2 and to address current compliance with the plant's technical specifications.

SONGS is a critical generating asset in California. Unit 2, with a capacity of approximately 1,180 MW, has been unavailable since January 2012 following the identification of cracks in steam generator tubes. Unit 3 was removed from service shortly thereafter, following the discovery of a leak in a steam generator tube. Further inspections show Unit 3 had more than 300 tubes with unexpected tube-to-tube wear; Unit 2 only had two tubes exhibiting minor tube-to-tube wear.

SCE's supplemental information delivered early this week adds to the comprehensive analysis and restart proposal submitted last October in response to an NRC Confirmatory Action Letter (CAL).

The new submittal provides information about how SCE anticipates addressing ongoing steam generator analysis and interim measures beyond the operating period proposed in SCE's response to the CAL. SCE has proposed restarting Unit 2 at 70 percent power for five months to prevent the conditions that caused excessive tube wear in the steam generators. Furthermore, SCE plans to provide an additional evaluation by March 15, 2013 to demonstrate that structural integrity can be met for Unit 2 at 100 percent rated thermal power.

SCE's senior vice president and chief nuclear officer stated, "This question and answer process is an important part of safety-based technical solutions in the nuclear industry, and it strengthens our ability to communicate to all stakeholders the safety principles and proven industry operating experience that the Unit 2 restart plan was built upon."

SCE anticipates that a decision from NRC may be issued in the late April to May time frame, prior to the summer peak load.

SONGS is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the City of Riverside (1.79 percent).
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