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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TVA Requests Issuance of License for Watts Bar Unit 2

LCG, August 20, 2015-The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) submitted documentation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) notifying them that construction of the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor, located approximately 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is substantially complete.

TVA further provided a list of remaining key activities to complete prior to operations and requested that an operating license be issued for the unit. TVA's submittal of its "substantially complete" letter is a major construction and licensing milestone for the project.

The original construction on Watts Bar 2 started over 40 years ago in 1972. However, when load growth forecasts dropped in 1988, the unit was deferred. When Watts Bar 1 began commercial operations in May 1996, it became the last commercial nuclear unit in the United States to come on-line. Construction on Unit 2 resumed in 2007. The capacity of Unit 1 and Unit 2 are 1,100 MW and 1,150 MW, respectively.

TVA must show that construction is substantially complete, that the facility will operate according to the license, and that there is assurance the unit will have no adverse effect on public health and safety prior to the NRC issuing an operating license. The NRC staff is working towards supporting an operating license decision in 2015.
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