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Senate panel OKs report critical of offshore wind farm project

A Senate panel has given its approval to a report critical of the Bluewater Wind project and the state process that led to a proposed 25-year contract with Delmarva Power. But the panel removed language urging the defeat of the contract, instead instructing policymakers to give great weight to the recommendations. The vote of the Senate Energy and Transit Committee was 4-2. ...The new draft of the report has not been released to the public. It is expected to be released Tuesday. Because the report is advisory only, it is not expected to be voted on by the full Senate.

A Senate panel has given its approval to a report critical of the Bluewater Wind project and the state process that led to a proposed 25-year contract with Delmarva Power.

But the panel removed language urging the defeat of the contract, instead instructing policymakers to give great weight to the recommendations.

The vote of the Senate Energy and Transit Committee was 4-2. In favor were chairman Harris McDowell III, D-Wilmington North; Sen. Robert L. Venables Sr., D-Laurel; Sen. Robert Marshall, D-Wilmington West; and Charles Copeland, R-West Farms.

Voting against were Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton; and Sen. Catherine Cloutier, R-Brandywine Hundred

The new draft of the report has not been released to the public. It is expected to be released Tuesday. Because the report is advisory only, it is not expected to be voted on by the full Senate.

A bill that would require the passage of the Bluewater contract passed last week in the House, but has not received any action in the Senate.

The contract calls for 150 turbines off Rehoboth Beach, which would be one of the first offshore wind farms in the nation. It would order Delmarva Power to sign the long-term deal,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A Senate panel has given its approval to a report critical of the Bluewater Wind project and the state process that led to a proposed 25-year contract with Delmarva Power.

But the panel removed language urging the defeat of the contract, instead instructing policymakers to give great weight to the recommendations.

The vote of the Senate Energy and Transit Committee was 4-2. In favor were chairman Harris McDowell III, D-Wilmington North; Sen. Robert L. Venables Sr., D-Laurel; Sen. Robert Marshall, D-Wilmington West; and Charles Copeland, R-West Farms.

Voting against were Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton; and Sen. Catherine Cloutier, R-Brandywine Hundred

The new draft of the report has not been released to the public. It is expected to be released Tuesday. Because the report is advisory only, it is not expected to be voted on by the full Senate.

A bill that would require the passage of the Bluewater contract passed last week in the House, but has not received any action in the Senate.

The contract calls for 150 turbines off Rehoboth Beach, which would be one of the first offshore wind farms in the nation. It would order Delmarva Power to sign the long-term deal, against the utility’s will. Delmarva officials say it’s too expensive.

 


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APR 17 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/14500-senate-panel-oks-report-critical-of-offshore-wind-farm-project
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