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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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AEP Revises Settlement and Agrees to Retire Three Coal-fired Units

LCG, February 26, 2013--A revised settlement agreement between American Electric Power Company (AEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a coalition of environmental and citizen groups was announced yesterday that will retire three of AEP's coal-fired, electric generating units.

The revised settlement includes the closure of AEP's Tanners Creek Generating Station Unit 4 in Indiana, the Muskingum River Power Plant Unit 5 in Ohio, and the Big Sandy Power Plant Unit 2 in Kentucky, which have a combined generating capacity of 2,011 MW.

Other terms of the revised settlement include AEP paying a total of $6 million to Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, plus $2.5 million to citizen groups in Indiana. AEP must also develop 50 MW of wind or solar generating capacity in 2013, plus 150 MW in Indiana or Michigan by 2015.

The revised settlement allows AEP to install a lower cost, sulfur dioxide emission control system at the Rockport coal plant in southern Indiana.

AEP, like other owners of coal-fired power plants, continues to evaluate costly compliance options in response to growing federal regulations, such as the utility mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), driven by the EPA. Uncertainty on near-term emission control project costs, plus future incremental costs to comply with new regulations that may arise, makes it increasingly attractive to retire older coal-fired plants and to invest in new plants fueled with low-cost natural gas.
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