Saturday, March 07, 2009

Delaware's Draft Energy Plan

The Governor's Energy Advisory Council has developed a draft energy plan, which has been presented at two public meetings. The final such meeting will be held this coming Monday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at DNREC's Lewes Field Facility, 901 Pilottown Road in Lewes.
You can view the plan, or a shorter summary, at the Energy Office's website. Public comments are being accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on March 12 by email to
Some of the recommendations deserve public support, including: Recommendation 37: Clean Energy Business Development Initiative, Recommendation 12: Distributed Renewable Energy, Recommendation 25: Alternative Fuel/Fuel Efficient Vehicles, Recommendation 27: Smart Growth and Recommendation 28: Transit-Oriented Development, to name a few.
In particular, I certainly support Recommendation 49: Energy Planning Governance:
Energy Policy should be elevated to the Governor’s office by creating a Governor’s Executive Office for Energy Policy.
The breadth of energy policy has reached a point at which it cannot be effectively managed by the long standing but limited functions of utility regulation or conservation measures.
However, Recommendation 36: Clean Coal (page 71) is economically unwise, and should not be adopted:
The State should work with these facilities to explore incentives and funding options such as R&D support, grants for capital investment, and tax relief.
I discussed some of my thoughts at a public meeting on Thursday, and will submit written comments, which I will post here next week. Public comments will be included in an appendix and delivered to the governor.


Blogger BeyondGreen said...

There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources.Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up.OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV's instead had plug-in electric drive trainsthe amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota.There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. Everybody NEEDS to read this book!

8:57 PM, March 07, 2009  

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