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Panel blows off wind proposal

The Public Service Commission has developed serious reservations about Bluewater Wind's plans to build an offshore wind farm and windmills to help provide the state with affordable electric power. Bluewater has been hailed by many as a source of affordable, clean, renewable energy. But a PSC report on Oct. 30 cast doubts on those plans. ...The wind farm with a natural gas backup plant emerged as the winners of that effort. But the PSC report now says that the plans by Bluewater are not in the public interest because of the dramatic increase in price for the public.

The Public Service Commission has developed serious reservations about Bluewater Wind's plans to build an offshore wind farm and windmills to help provide the state with affordable electric power.

Bluewater has been hailed by many as a source of affordable, clean, renewable energy. But a PSC report on Oct. 30 cast doubts on those plans.

The report said that Bluewater's plans will be much more expensive than originally thought. The PSC staff report said in part that the initial proposal by Bluewater would have cost $6.23 more per megawatt of power, now an expected $11.71 more.

That is "a drastic increase in the price impact," according to the 91-page PSC report.

Rapidly increasing costs of electric power prompted Delaware legislators to pass the Electric Utility Retail Customer Supply Act of 2006. That effort to assure consistent and reasonably affordable power led to several proposals to supplement Delaware's power sources including the offshore wind farm and a coal gasification plant.

The wind farm with a natural gas backup plant emerged as the winners of that effort. But the PSC report now says that the plans by Bluewater are not in the public interest because of the dramatic... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Public Service Commission has developed serious reservations about Bluewater Wind's plans to build an offshore wind farm and windmills to help provide the state with affordable electric power.

Bluewater has been hailed by many as a source of affordable, clean, renewable energy. But a PSC report on Oct. 30 cast doubts on those plans.

The report said that Bluewater's plans will be much more expensive than originally thought. The PSC staff report said in part that the initial proposal by Bluewater would have cost $6.23 more per megawatt of power, now an expected $11.71 more.

That is "a drastic increase in the price impact," according to the 91-page PSC report.

Rapidly increasing costs of electric power prompted Delaware legislators to pass the Electric Utility Retail Customer Supply Act of 2006. That effort to assure consistent and reasonably affordable power led to several proposals to supplement Delaware's power sources including the offshore wind farm and a coal gasification plant.

The wind farm with a natural gas backup plant emerged as the winners of that effort. But the PSC report now says that the plans by Bluewater are not in the public interest because of the dramatic increase in price for the public.

Bluewater Director of Strategic Planning and Communications Jim Lanard said that "in the final analysis our project will be viewed as a net positive for ratepayers, the environment and ultimately, all Delawareans."

 


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NOV 7 2007
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