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AES Breaks Ground on Alamitos Energy Center in California

LCG, July 25, 2017--AES Alamitos, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (AES), broke ground Friday on the new Alamitos Energy Center (AEC), located in Long Beach, California. The facilities include a nominal 640-MW, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power block; four, natural gas-fired,100-MW, simple cycle units; plus a 100-MW battery energy storage system. The new facilities will be installed on approximately 21 acres of the existing 71-acre site, where the existing gas-fired, 1950s-era Alamitos Generating Station Units 1-6 currently provide a net generating capacity of 1,950 MW.

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San Diego County Water Authority Seeks Proposals for 500-MW Pumped Storage Project

LCG, July 21, 2017--The San Diego County Water Authority Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a potential joint energy storage project with the City of San Diego that would expand use of existing hydroelectric infrastructure at San Vicente Reservoir. The project could potentially dampen water rate increases and provide greater opportunities for renewable energy development in the area.

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Analysis of Summer Resource Adequacy in ERCOT


LCG, July 28, 2016--LCG Consulting releases its analysis of resource adequacy in Texas for high stress conditions in summer 2016.

Every year, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) publishes reports on Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, or SARA. In it, ERCOT identifies scenarios to determine whether the Texas system can meet demand under a variety of challenging conditions. LCG has modeled these cases and offers an in-depth exploration into what happens with prices, congestion, and generation under the cases ERCOT presents in the 2016 summer assessment.

Using the advanced UPLAN-NPM modeling system, LCG extends ERCOT’s snapshot report of the summer season to delve more fully into system challenges and outcomes associated with such stress cases, including ramping constraints, Operating Reserve Demand Curve (ORDC) outcomes, pricing impacts, and unit commitment requirements.

LCG’s study models dispatch in the ERCOT region at five-minute intervals, instead of the more common hourly simulation. Modeling smaller slices more accurately captures the operation of the ERCOT system, including the sub-hourly ramping constraints of thermal units, which is particularly important under the SARA report stress cases.

The report relies on LCG’s UPLAN sub-hourly modeling capability as well as robust knowledge of all aspects of electricity transmission and generation in Texas, and decades of electricity modeling experience in the state.

About LCG Consulting:
Silicon Valley-based LCG Consulting has been modeling electricity for more than 30 years. In that time, energy market participants and research institutions across the United States and internationally have relied on our models for every type of application, from electricity trading, plant siting, asset valuation, and testimony support.

For more information about this report or any services offered by LCG, or for more details about the UPLAN Network Power Model, please contact us at julie.chien@energyonline.com or 650-962-9670x110.





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