Friday, March 02, 2007

What's Redacted from the Energy Proposals

You may have read that the publicly posted versions of the proposals from Blue Water Wind, Delmarva Power and NRG have been redacted. Public Service Commission executive director Bruce Burcat gave this explanation in a letter dated January 27 in response to a FOIA request from the News Journal:
As you can see the bidders have redacted the public versions of their bids, contending that the omitted portions contain financial or commercial information which is of a privileged or confidential nature and hence not a public record.
All of the companies chose to redact some financial information from their proposals, which are available here. Some of the information being withheld from the public is essential to evaluating the proposals. For instance, the NRG proposal includes this paragraph on the carbon capture option:
This information is essential to evaluate the cost stability of the proposal if, as expected, new controls are enacted on carbon emissions. Here is the redacted page that follows this paragraph:Perhaps the most absurd redaction is of this chart from page 20 of NRG’s proposal showing projected emissions reductions from shutting down older facilities on the site:
How this can be considered “privileged or confidential” escapes me. Information about the facility’s emissions is reported in the Toxic Release Inventory or TRI, available via DNREC here. The most recent TRI ranks the Indian River power plant number 1 in emissions in Delaware:
Some of the information redacted from the Delmarva proposal includes this table describing the factors affecting price stability over twenty years:
Blue Water Wind at least had the good taste to blank the redacted portions instead of using ugly black smudges:If you have the time and the inclination to pore through these documents, you will learn a lot, including how much the bidders don't think you need to know.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

AWESOME post Tom!!!!!!!!

Alan Muller was on WDEL this morning but I missed most of it. It seems as thought the PSC is not going to make a reasoned decision and there will be an appeal generated by GreenDE.

11:24 AM, March 02, 2007  
Anonymous kavips said...

Some of us seem blocked from these sites.

However there is a certain method of intelligence gathering used in certain circles known as the "eclipse effect."

This is based from the old days, when to study the sun's corona, one had to wait for an eclipse. One then determined what was going on where he could NOT see, by studying it's effect on what he COULD see.

In the seventies, when the Nixon (Richard) tapes were released, many were appalled at the amount of embarrassing evidence that was forthrightly disclosed on some of those tapes. The fact that such things were allowed to slip by, when other items were deleted, did much to support the growing speculation over those items that were erased and NOT disclosed.

For only by being overly concerned with whatever was NOT said, would one be prone to judge those other slip-ups as being relatively minor or inconsequential.

In this matter, since you appear to still have access to these documents,(which are electronically blocked from some of us), could you check and see if there is anything worthwhile that somehow slipped by the censors which in turn, enlightens us to the seriousness of what they tried to cover up?

6:46 PM, March 02, 2007  
Anonymous kavips said...

Some of us seem blocked from these sites.

However there is a certain method of intelligence gathering used in certain circles known as the "eclipse effect."

This is based from the old days, when to study the sun's corona, one had to wait for an eclipse. One then determined what was going on where he could NOT see, by studying it's effect on what he COULD see.

In the seventies, when the Nixon (Richard) tapes were released, many were appalled at the amount of embarrassing evidence that was forthrightly disclosed on some of those tapes. The fact that such things were allowed to slip by, when other items were deleted, did much to support the growing speculation over those items that were erased and NOT disclosed.

For only by being overly concerned with whatever was NOT said, would one be prone to judge those other slip-ups as being relatively minor or inconsequential.

In this matter, since you appear to still have access to these documents,(which are electronically blocked from some of us), could you check and see if there is anything worthwhile that somehow slipped by the censors which in turn, enlightens us to the seriousness of what they tried to cover up?

6:46 PM, March 02, 2007  
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