Thursday, July 31, 2008

PSC Docket No. 06-241 Is Closed

Well, it's done. The Public Service Commission, Office of Management & Budget, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control and the Controller General voted to approve the power purchase agreement between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power.
The four agencies then closed out Docket No. 06-241 by voting to transfer the question of a possible natural gas backup plant to the IRP (Integrated Resource Planning) docket.
Legally, the parties have 30 days to appeal the decision, but the odds of that are seen as ranging from remote to no way.
Before bringing the meeting to a close, PSC chair Arnetta McRae mentioned the "profound influence" of the public in shaping the outcome.
Afterwards, Bluewater Wind hosted a gathering of 200 supporters. Even Delmarva Power president Gary Stockbridge showed up, where he too paid tribute to the power of the public support for wind power in Delaware. He said he could use some of that support for the approval of the contracts for onshore wind now before the PSC.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was indeed a great day, Tom.

You deserve great credit in having played a major role in this success story, as well as your being recognized nationally for your blog.

I tried to get over to offer my thanks and congratulations to you, but somehow missed you in the crowd of 200 when we all went for the refreshments.

Perry Hood

8:49 PM, July 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just finishing up the book "Cape Wind." It's been really interesting, after reading this blog religiously, the similarities and differences between the type of opposition, the hidden motives, and the tactics employed by the opposition to both of these projects. I'd love to see a book or documentary made on this project as well - and if it is, you need to be a central part of the story, Tommy.
I really hope Cape Wind "makes it." I can understand how the energy crisis may have caught some a little off guard, but there is nothing that makes my blood boil more than corrupt politians, greedy companies, and spoiled citizens failing to work for the common good, who block the real progress this country desperately needs to make. These people end up believing their own spin and their own denials, so that they can follow their own selfish interests while still being able to sleep at night.

2:52 PM, August 01, 2008  

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