In Aaron Nathan’s News Journal article Sunday morning, there was a surprise. It was this…..

But Burcat, the PSC director, said he didn’t agree. Bluewater wasn’t told to build a smaller wind farm; it was told to supply Delmarva with less power, he said.

Bluewater could have driven down the price of wind power by building the extra turbines and arranging power purchase contracts with customers other than Delmarva, Burcat said.

Having followed the details rather closely, reading all the PSC’s publications at the source, this was the first time I had heard a government source sanction this… Ever since the PSC’s May ruling was complete, all attention focused on the hybrid plan and intricate negotiations between unwilling partners over Delaware’s future energy supply.

Upon rereading, the PSC ruling does not say Bluewater Wind must deal only with Delmarva, so in a sense Burcat’s statement is true. The intriguing question, is why is this idea coming out now? Those of you who read me often, may recognize that this new tack parallels nicely with what, for lack of better nomenclature when I first penned the name, is humbly called “the kavips Compromise.”

Paraphrased it says this: allow Bluewater Wind to build a giant wind farm, capable of selling extra power to the grid, and in return, Bluewater wind does not pass escalating costs, if any, onto Delaware’s subscribers. Other posts of mine have delved into the win, win situation which this compromise provides.

It is intriguing that Burcat’s comment surfaced in a publication covering the entire state (albeit it was on page 2 of the B section), the first weekend after the PSC pulled the plug.

A large wind farm would do wonders for our state. The initial proposal originally based on 600MW worth of wind generating capacity, hovered below the $7 mark. The term letter raised the proposal to $10.59. The cost escalators and the “Delmarva Inflationary Index” of 2.5%, could possibly raise costs as high as the mid $20 range.

So if were again to allow the return of the 600MW capacity wind farm, we could again capture electricity at rates lower than what we pay today…..

It is time for “the kavips Compromise” to be seriously considered…..hell call it a different name if you have to….but look at the options. With a revenue stream greater than that which existed with Delmarva alone, the burden of cost escalations would also be borne by a customer base much wider then those few living in Delaware alone……

I was comfortable with the $10.59 cost that is already less than twenty states pay now. I was comfortable paying that same price in 2032 and beyond…..As previously posted, if I had been given the opportunity to lock into a price of gasoline at $1.30 a gallon back in 1982, all today would consider it a very good investment.

One will hear environmental cost, health cost, carbon cost, and commodities’ cost all need to be considered. But like buying a new car, too much information, makes the deal fuzzy and nebulous opening options for screwing us later. But by keeping it simple, just focusing on one thing, price, can make a great deal drivable…

The kavips Compromise applies the KISS principle to this current dilemma (no, not Gene Simmons). The acronym stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid! The Kiss principle applies here. Lock down a $10.59 cents per Kw across twenty-five years. Allow Bluewater Wind, to sell excess power to a power hungry grid in order to cover all other expenses. Allow Bluewater wind the 600MW option to trim their costs per unit, and with every breath of air, put less carbon into our lungs and the air above……..

Perhaps it is fitting that the PSC’s Burcat brought this option up today. Applying the kavips Compromise, can fast track this process once again………Time is our new enemy…..