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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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New York PSC Directs RG&E to Contract for Power from R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant

LCG, November 17, 2014-The New York Public Service (PSC) ordered Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) to negotiate a power purchase agreement (PPA) for electricity generated from the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, which is owned by Constellation Nuclear Energy Group, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon.

Constellation had petitioned for assistance from the PSC, stating that it had lost $100 million over the last three years and that it has forecast revenue shortfalls after the contract with RG&E expired at the end of last June. Exelon stated to the PSC, "Projected market revenues are insufficient to support the Ginna facility's continued operation."

Under the expired contract, RG&E purchased 90 percent of the power generated from the 581-MW nuclear power plant. After the expiration, Constellation has to accept competitive market prices. With relatively low natural gas prices and low market prices for electricity, the non-carbon emitting nuclear facility could be uneconomic to run, which could then lead to the closure of the facility. Based on a study released last month, closure of the base load, 44-year old nuclear facility, located 22 miles northeast of Rochester, could increase grid reliability risks.

The PSC stated that, with its order, it is acting to protect grid. The Chair of the PSC would like to develop a solution to maintain grid reliability until an alternative can be implemented.

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