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Del. OKs wind farm

State officials on Thursday approved an agreement between Delmarva Power and a wind farm developer that could lead to the nation's first offshore wind farm off the Delaware coast. The agreement between Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind LLC was unanimously approved by the Public Service Commission and representatives of three other state agencies. The agreement, which follows months of conflict and negotiations between the two companies, calls for Delmarva to buy up to 200 megawatts of power annually for 25 years from a wind farm about 12 miles off Rehoboth Beach.

State officials on Thursday approved an agreement between Delmarva Power and a wind farm developer that could lead to the nation's first offshore wind farm off the Delaware coast.

The agreement between Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind LLC was unanimously approved by the Public Service Commission and representatives of three other state agencies.

The agreement, which follows months of conflict and negotiations between the two companies, calls for Delmarva to buy up to 200 megawatts of power annually for 25 years from a wind farm about 12 miles off Rehoboth Beach.

"History is being made today," said state budget director Jennifer Davis, whose approval, along with that of state environmental secretary John Hughes and controller general Russ Larson, was required for the project to move forward.

Commission Chairwoman Arnetta McRae said the public, who provided a vocal counterpoint to Delmarva's initial opposition, had "a profound influence" in an agreement being reached. That sentiment was shared by Bluewater spokesman Jim Lanard.

"This has been a long process. It's been an education for all of us," Lanard said.

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State officials on Thursday approved an agreement between Delmarva Power and a wind farm developer that could lead to the nation's first offshore wind farm off the Delaware coast.

The agreement between Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind LLC was unanimously approved by the Public Service Commission and representatives of three other state agencies.

The agreement, which follows months of conflict and negotiations between the two companies, calls for Delmarva to buy up to 200 megawatts of power annually for 25 years from a wind farm about 12 miles off Rehoboth Beach.

"History is being made today," said state budget director Jennifer Davis, whose approval, along with that of state environmental secretary John Hughes and controller general Russ Larson, was required for the project to move forward.

Commission Chairwoman Arnetta McRae said the public, who provided a vocal counterpoint to Delmarva's initial opposition, had "a profound influence" in an agreement being reached. That sentiment was shared by Bluewater spokesman Jim Lanard.

"This has been a long process. It's been an education for all of us," Lanard said.

Delmarva Power had lobbied heavily against a state directive to enter into a power purchase agreement with Bluewater, claiming it would burden its customers with costly premiums and that land-based wind power from other states was more affordable. Bluewater had argued that Delmarva Power deliberately misstated facts and ignored public sentiment in an effort to kill the proposal.

The dispute led the commission and the three state agencies late last year to postpone a vote on a power purchase agreement.

The revised agreement is a scaled-down version of the proposal presented last year, which called for a 150-turbine, 450-megawatt wind farm. The revised plan calls for about 60 wind turbines initially, with Delmarva buying about half of the amount of electricity suggested under the earlier proposal, and at a lower price per megawatt hour. The price drop is due to a reduction in how much Delaware customers will pay for renewable energy credits.

Lanard noted that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has expressed interest in the project.

Meanwhile, Bluewater is working with regulators on separate proposals for wind farms off the coasts of Atlantic City, N.J., and Ocean City, Md.


Source: http://www.delmarvanow.com/...

AUG 1 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/16267-del-oks-wind-farm
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