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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 Explores Sale of Unregulated Generation Assets

LCG, January 7, 2015--American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) has retained Goldman Sachs to explore the sale of AEP's unregulated generation assets. The apparent focus is on assets located in Ohio, where the generation portfolio totals nearly 8,000 MW of electric generating capacity, with an order of magnitude sale price greater than $3 billion. AEP's combined regulated and unregulated generation portfolio includes over 60 generating stations in the United States, with a capacity of nearly 38,000 MW.

AEP Generation Resources Inc., AEP's unregulated generation company, owns and/or operates a number of power plants operating within PJM (the regional transmission organization). AEP's unregulated plants in Ohio and Indiana include: all or portions of (i) three coal-fired facilities (Gavin Plant, Cardinal Plant (Unit 1) and the Conesville Plant (portion of Unit 4, and Units 5 and 6)) and (ii) two natural gas-fired plants (Waterford and the Darby Plant). AEP also has a non-operating interest in two coal-fired units, the Zimmer and Stuart Plants, plus an interest in the gas-fired Lawrenceburg Plant.

An AEP spokesperson stated, "No decision has been made about the future of those assets. There is no specific timeline for a decision."
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