You gotta admire that they don't give up....the silent partner full of gas

So what is the basis of the suit brought forth by both Delmarva and Connectiv?

It is this.

Both say that the Public Service Commission overstepped its bounds by recommending a plan that was different from theirs. Yep, if you cut through all the jargon, that is all they are saying……

But anyone who reads the edict describing all the impositions placed by the General Assembly, sees a much different story. Actually the Commission did a very good job of hammering a workable solution from a group dedicated to the pursuit of their own self interests.

Delmarva uses false figures to show that Delaware citizens will pay more if we go through Bluewater Winds proposal. Connective says in the name of fairness they and NRG should be allowed to bid on building a windfarm too….

I hope the rest of Delaware sees just how silly this is. Most of you know that Delmarva and Connectiv are sister companies under the same umbrella corporation. So we have one side of the same corporation saying, it is not fair…..let us build a windfarm too, we will be cheaper………and we have the other side saying…….. it is not fair……wind farms do not give the cheapest energy rates and that is what the General Assembly proscribed……cheap energy rates.. Irony is that both cannot be right at the same time now, can they?

This is not the first time that Delmarva has been accused of talking two opposite points out of their mouth at the same time. It will not be the last……..

Links and facts have been pointed out in myriad online forums repeatedly that wind farms will give the cheapest rate of energy by 2015. Whereas all other rates will keep climbing, wind energy will stay either steady or fall.

There is no way that Delmarva can provide electric energy cheaper than a wind farm. Wait a minute……Hold on…..Just a second………..I take that back. Looking at their proposal I now see that if they roll our electric prices back to the levels we enjoyed in 2005, before last May when deregulation kicked us hard by 60%, and use those figures from 2005 that they used to show themselves as being competitive against wind up through 2025, then perhaps they could be competitive. But if they do roll those prices back to be competitive, surely each one of us would certainly be entitled to a full refund for all that extra money we have paid over this last year and a month now, right?

For you see, even when you use today’s prices, the same ones that you and I actually pay Delmarva every month and have been paying since last May, even then they are the more expensive option when compared to Blue Water Wind’s proposal.
One has to shake his head and wonder about the sincerity of a corporation that projects 2005 data as the baseline for the next 25 years, even when it is off 60% just one year later? But if one uses the more rational approach, and accounts for the worldwide demand of coal and gas by China and India, and the very real possibility that a cost of carbon will be paid as well, then by 2025, fossil fuel could cost more than wind by an exponential power of 4. For those of you less mathematically inclined, that would be 32 cents per kilowatt for fossil fuels……two cents per kilowatt for wind.

Remember this is speculation……..but it is speculation with real numbers, not made up ones from 2005…………………….

Here is what the General Assembly directed the Commission to do.

“The General Assembly stated that DP&L may consider the economic and environmental value of the following items: (a) resources that use new or innovative baseload technologies (such as coal gasification); (b) resources that provide short- or long-term environmental benefits to Delaware citizens (e.g., wind and solar power); (c) facilities that have existing fuel and transmission infrastructure; (d) facilities that use existing brownfield or industrial sites; (e) resources that promote fuel diversity; (f) resources or facilities that support or improve reliability; and (g) resources that encourage price stability. Id. at § 1007(c)(1)b.1.-7.

I hope the judge decides not to play Delmarva’s game.

“The plaintiff argues that the commission did not fulfill the intent of the General Assembly.”

Judge: “Hmmm…..Looks like they got (a). Oh, (b) definitely….it even says “wind”. If they use NRG’s plant for a gas burner, that covers (c). That plays right into (d)’s hands. Looks like (e, f, and g) are all covered as well……..that’s all seven out of the seven directives from the General Assembly that they nailed. So what on earth are you talking about, Delmarva?”

“Well, Sir, we think the entire process that united this state as nothing has before or since, garnishing a full 94 % support from Delaware’s citizens, be scrapped entirely and thrown out, because no one entered a bid combining a gas turbine and a windfarm……. and since no one entered a bid. It cannot be voted on. Everyone knows that people can’t think, and take different pieces, and put them together in different ways to make something different. It is just not human. People don’t do that. People do what they are told…..If they do something different from what is expected, it stands to reason that the entire process needs to be thrown out……..”.

Anyone out there who enjoys irony must read the 9 claims (page 15) that Delmarva makes to attempt to throw out the “Staff’s report. I had it copied here but it took up two pages so I just deleted it. But let me provide the final point, the ninth one, and you can get the idea of funny these guys really are.

32. Finally, DP&L contended that customer migration was a real threat and represented significant exposure for DP&L’s SOS customers if DP&L were forced to accept a long-term contract. DP&L acknowledged that customer migration in the residential and small commercial customer classes as a result of deregulation had been insignificant, but contended that SOS rates have never been considerably higher than the competitive rate offered by other suppliers. Id. at 34. But if the SOS rate becomes higher than the market rate, residential and small commercial customers have an incentive to switch to other suppliers.”

94% support wind power and they are worried about migration. “They didn’t leave when we jacked the rates up 60%, but as soon as we get the cheapest energy source on the planet, making electricity at 2 cents per kilowatt, they are going to pack up and flee to where the rates are much more expensive.

I shake my head but you got to love those guys. Perhaps being close to high dosages of electricity does something to neural connections, but in a lovable way they remind me of someone else I know………………….

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