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Federal Government uses UPLAN model to examine price volatility in ERCOT

LCG, October 11, 2022--The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, released its latest supplement to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) in the Texas market, assessing various possible scenarios using LCG’s UPLAN NPM model, with a special focus on the effects on wholesale power prices and market conditions.

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Michigan Governor Supports Reopening Palisades Nuclear Facility

LCG, September 16, 2022--The Governor of Michigan last week sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) program to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan. The federal grant could result in restarting the baseload, carbon-free, nuclear power plant.

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Finnish Nuke Plants Wine Grapes in Heated Soil

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--A nuclear power plant in southwestern Finland should soon be producing wine with its electricity, according to a report on the Internet by "virtual newscaster" Ananova.

Water which is heated by the reactor in the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant and used to create steam to spin the plant's turbine-generators, also cools the reactor, helping to maintain operating temperatures within design limits. Much of it is then pumped into an arm of the Baltic Sea.

That waste coolant water, which is non-radioactive, will now be pumped to newly-planted vineyards on the plant property, where it will warm the soil and fool the grapes into believing that they are being grown closer to the Mediterranean.

Around 150 vines have been planted at the nuclear power plant and should eventually produce between 500 and 800 gallons of wine a year. Grapes don't grow naturally in Finland so local wines have been heretofore made from berries. If the experiment works, the first full vintage of "Chateau Olkiluoto" should be ready within the next few years, Ananova said.

Reijo Sundell, manager of the plant's environmental office, said: "We will get a little wine next summer but more after two or three years. We are not yet sure how we will market it but it is quite good for a nuclear power plant to show that we are concerned with green issues."

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