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Connecticut Seeks 2,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity

LCG, August 22, 2019--The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Friday released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind power projects. DEEP is seeking up to 2,000 MW, as required under Public Act 19-71, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived from Offshore Wind.

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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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Freeport LNG Awards EPC Contract for Third Train at Texas Facility

LCG, March 27, 2015-CB&I yesterday announced that a joint venture (JV) between CB&I, Chiyoda International Corporation, and Zachry Industrial, Inc., was awarded a contract valued over $2 billion by FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC (Freeport LNG) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the third train of the three-train liquified natural gas (LNG) liquefaction and export facility on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas.

CB&I and Zachry, with support from Chiyoda, began construction on trains one and two in November 2014. Freeport LNG expects to achieve commercial operation of the first liquefaction train in late 2018, with the second two trains expected to achieve commercial operations in the following year. The combined, three-train LNG liquefaction facility will have a total capacity in excess of 13.9 million tons per year of LNG.

Last July Freeport LNG received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct, and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural gas from its existing LNG import terminal located near the city of Freeport, Texas. Domestic natural gas will be transported via pipeline and pretreated near Freeport LNG's existing metering, compression and underground storage facilities. The pretreated natural gas will then be delivered to the terminal through Freeport LNG's existing gas pipeline. At the terminal it will be liquefied and then stored in full-containment LNG storage tanks. LNG will be exported from the terminal by LNG carriers arriving via marine transit through the Freeport Harbor Channel.

The existing Freeport LNG facilities were designed and installed to import LNG to the United States in response to forecast declines in domestic natural gas supplies. Construction on the import project started in January 2005 and was completed in June 2008. With the tremendous growth in domestic shale gas production, there are now a number of LNG export projects that have filed formal applications that are now pending before the FERC.
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