Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Short Circuit

The decision we have all been eagerly awaiting didn't happen today.
People in the auditorium at Wesley College had barely gotten out of their coats when Public Service Commission chair Arnetta McRae brought up the first agenda item: the Power Purchase Agreement to build an offshore wind farm in Delaware.
OMB director J.J. Davis moved to table the matter, noting that the four agencies had not come to a consensus. Russell Larson, the controller general, quoted the Lloyd Bridges character in the movie Airplane, "I picked a bad day to give up smoking." (I don't know whether Larson smokes or not.) He went on to explain that he represents 62 members of the General Assembly. (Not that he has discussed this with all 62 members; he has met with the legislative leadership.) DNREC secretary John Hughes made it clear that he supports the wind project as "sound public and environmental policy."
The vote to table was unanimous. We were in our seats no more than ten minutes.
I will be on with Allan Loudell of WDEL, 1150 AM, at about 4:24 this afternoon to offer a quick assessment. Allan plans to talk to some other players in the drama this evening.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the end, I believe there will be a offshore wind far in the high wind area in the approach to Delaware Bay. However, it may not come ashore in Delaware. New Jersey may prove to be the winner.

6:27 PM, December 18, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Why not both states?

9:47 AM, December 19, 2007  

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