Saturday, April 05, 2008

Action on Wind Power Next Week?

It looks like we might get some action on wind power next week. The News Journal reports that legislators are talking about voting on House Concurrent Resolution 38 next week. They certainly are in no mood to have the legislative calendar dictated by Delmarva Power:
"I can guarantee you we're not going to wait around until the end of May, the beginning of June to make a decision on what we're going to do on this issue in the House," said Majority Leader Richard Cathcart, R-Middletown.
Delmarva Power wants the General Assembly to do nothing until the company releases the results of bids for onshore wind power in the first week of June. The House held off consideration of HCR 38 before the Easter break. But there is a growing impatience among legislators with Delmarva's stalling tactics:
Cathcart and Rep. Robert Valihura, R-Beau Tree, said senior Delmarva officials and their lobbyist, Joe Farley, met with the House Republican caucus shortly before the break. Both lawmakers said they heard Delmarva representatives promise them cost estimates for onshore wind bids, which they could compare to Bluewater prices, by the time they return next week.
But Delmarva spokesman Bill Yingling said the company never made such a promise. He said the company only said it would have preliminary numbers by the end of March, and those numbers would not be released.
"Representative Valihura must have misunderstood our statements," Yingling said.
In reaction, Valihura said, "That's just a flat-out lie." And Cathcart added. "If they're telling you they did not say that, they're not telling you the truth."
One thing you never want to do in Leg Hall is have legislators publicy pissed off at you.
I have thought for a while that legislators don't want this on the agenda in June. There is too much big stuff to deal with, including a difficult budget, for them to want to still be considering wind power in the final weeks of the session.
Legislators understand the wind farm is a popular with the public:
Cathcart said he recently polled his constituents, asking whether they would be willing to pay between $7 and $15 more per month for power from the Bluewater project. The overwhelming majority said yes, he said.
Given the public support for offshore wind, Delmarva Power's clumsy attempts to engineer grassroots support from its employees seems like it comes about a year late, just like its effort to buy time by shopping for out of state wind power.

8 Comments:

Anonymous jj said...

Great post Tommy!
Wat to go Dick cathcart. Your doing the right thing.Tell all the local meadia outlets!
Your my State Rep.Thank you for your efforts on this matter!

8:38 AM, April 05, 2008  
Anonymous J Austin said...

I keep pecking away at the numbers.
The cost to comply with the 17.995% nonsolar renewable energy requirements of SB-19 now stand at $6.70/month 2014- 2028 given the now $5/month premium for 20% wind energy.

While DPL was delaying, costs keep going up and now are higher than the PSC cost estimate of the BWW PPA at $6.46/month impact for 25% renewable power.

9:21 AM, April 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the second time Bob Valihura has been targeted by Delmarva Power and its supporters in the Legislature. I'm fed up with them. For me, it means sending a contribution to the Sierra Club Environmental PAC. It's up to the voters to do something about this situation.

10:44 AM, April 05, 2008  
Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

Delmarva Power wants the General Assembly to do nothing until the company releases the results of bids for onshore wind power in the first week of June.
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WTF? They told us at the Civic League meeting two months ago that these bids for on-shore were going to be in by March 10th. It is in our minutes.
The stench of Delmarva-Pepco is too much. Too much.
John Flaherty made some great points yesterday on Mascitti that Stockbridge didn't rebut.

1:41 PM, April 05, 2008  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Cathcart should look at the MD legislation that is going to dedicate the greenhouse gas funds to those who can't afford the energy increases. We can do that and eliminate the argument that this will be a burden on the poor.

1:44 PM, April 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn right Nancy

5:14 PM, April 05, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lies, distortions and delay are what all of this is about, in my view. Delay and the costs go up. I note the power company has been invited in to speak with the various caucuses. Bluewater Wind too! Where has the invitation to the staff and independent consultant of the Public Service Commission been? Oh, I forgot! The power company and the legislators don't want that story to get out, because those folks are the ONLY ones telling the truth and abiding by the rules in all of this. SHAMEFUL!

6:54 AM, April 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of the price, purchasing wind power from somewhere else DOES NOT create new energy, therefore does not increase the supply or meet the new demands. That was the whole point of HB 6.

9:23 AM, April 07, 2008  

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