Comment Rescue and Radio Alert
Earlier today, Allan interviewed the reporter of this story about how a quick drop in output from a wind farm almost led to a rolling blackout. But the reporter, R.A. Dyer of the Star-Telegram, said that several factors, including the failure of some scheduled generators to come on line and an unanticipated uptick in demand contributed to the problem.
John Austin, who is pretty sharp with a calculator himself, offered this comment in response to my News Journal op-ed today:
What will be the SOS rate cost if there is no BWW project???He gets the point that energy prices are going up already, as I reported last Friday:
McDowell's SB-19 passed last year forces SOS rate payers to use 20% renewable energy by 2019. It is not free.
Based on the current $4/month difference in the WGES 5% and 25% wind offers, it is just a few steps to calculate projected costs at 3% inflation.
Comes out at $5.88/month on average 2014-2038 for the nonsolar costs. That is "IF" DPL finds a long term onshore contract at the same costs.
PSC number for BWW alone was $6.46/month.
Latest, bid for 1/3 of SOS power came in 15% higher. The price of electricity just keeps going up. It was reported the average Delmarva residential customer will see an increase of 1.9 percent, or $2.52 per month, on their monthly bills. How that isn't really a $109.9 - 95.8 = $14.10/3 = $4.70 increase still escapes me. I'm sure DPL will get it right on my bill.
The average weighted price for this class was $109.90/MWh, about 15% higher than bids last year.This of course reinforces the point in my op-ed, which was submitted before the new bid prices were announced.