Monday, June 16, 2008


I found this in my in-box this morning:
The Bluewater Wind project would require an estimated 500 workers during construction and 80 to 100 during maintenance. If Bluewater makes Delaware its east coast hub, more workers would be needed to provide construction and maintenance support for projects in other states.
Update: I will be going on the air with Allan Loudell on WDEL at 5:05 and later with Progressive Voices on WVUD at 7:00 PM to discuss what I know about the status of wind power negotiations, which are ongoing. It does not look like we will have anything definitive until tomorrow at the earliest.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a good story for you. So much for DP$L's projections that fossil fuels costs will go down.

Utilities across the USA are raising power prices up to 29%, mostly to pay for soaring fuel costs, but also to build new plants and refurbish an aging power grid.

Even more dramatic rate increases are ahead. The mounting electric bills will further squeeze households struggling with spiraling gasoline prices.

9:11 AM, June 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delmarva Power is touting its out-of-state wind contracts without revealing the details to the public, and we all know that next year current contracts will expire for DPL customers. The new contracts, primarily based in coal fuel, will likely skyrocket the cost for electricity for DPL customers next year. What a scam! All the time, they are spending millions trying to get rid of competition from offshore wind. Is this the free market you keep touting, Charlie Copeland? Is this how Delaware treats new business, even as we hear today that electricity prices are going up and up nationwide and people are begging for financial help? If the instate Delaware wind contract isn't approved, I will have all the info I need to know about corruption and deadwood in the Delaware Democratic party. It will be time to clean house from top to bottom.

9:55 AM, June 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DPL customers next year. What a scam! All the time, they are spending millions trying to get rid of competition from offshore wind.

Correction DPL is not even in competition with in state wind. Delmarva makes money no matter what.

They are simply doing PEPCO's bidding . The parent company stands to lose if the in state wind power deal goes through.

3:51 PM, June 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are partially right. Delmarva has a cost-plus arrangement. so the higher the cost, the bigger the plus.

5:29 PM, June 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that if we can get a contract off the ground, DPL could elect at any time in the next 7 years to contract for more offshore wind. If enough customers yell loud and long, maybe they can be forced to do it. By that time, however, it could be Babcock and Brown that will be laughing all the way to the bank. The sad part is that the ratepayers, once again, will pay the price for precious time lost in getting in on an excellent deal right now. But keep your fingers crossed, a lot can change in a few years in the energy biz, as we have already seen.

That we have not heard anything about the negotiations up to now actually could be a good sign. I think it would be insanity for Pepco/DPL to risk screwing up the offshore wind farm deal at this point. I smell a deal in the works. If it does happen, the politicians in this state should acknowledge a huge debt of gratitude to the thousands of citizens who never stopped talking, writing, emailing, testifying and just plain working hard to make it happen.

9:32 PM, June 16, 2008  

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