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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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Southwest Power Pool Sets Wind Penetration Record of 62.13 Percent

LCG, April 4, 2018--Southwest Power Pool (SPP) achieved a record wind penetration and record renewable penetration levels in the early morning on March 31. According to SPP, the wind generation was approximately 14.5 GW, or 62.13 percent, at 1:54 a.m. Combined with nuclear output, the renewable generation resources contributed to about 64.7% of the total load.

With the record setting wind generation, the five-minute SPP North Hub real-time locational marginal prices (LMP) fell to about $2.25/MWh at 1:55 a.m. in the real-time market, while SPP South Hub LMP dropped to negative $10/MWh.

The all-time high wind generation record was set at 15,690 MW in December, serving 51 percent of total load at that time.

The prior wind record was set on March 17, when wind penetration hit as high as 60.56 percent of the total load in the early morning hours. SPP also set a wind penetration record of 58.1 percent earlier in March.


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