John Carney hit the news. He wants to eliminate the high density transmission lines from crossing our state.

He means well. His reasoning for arguing against this use of public domain, is that such transmission lines will make it easier for Midwestern energy, most of it from coal fired power plants, to migrate to the East Coast. Fortunately we have had no brownouts. One brownout lasting too long, can quickly change public opinion towards favoring immediate access to additional energy, when and where it is most needed.

Normally I would agree with John on this issue. He is actually severing himself in a small way from the Minner administration which as his critics point out to whom he is closely tied. Minner gave her solid support for building these high density lines.

But while batting down Harris McDowell’s letter to the General Assembly, created while on some R & R time spent in Amsterdam square, I learned that the primary inefficiency caused by wind power in Europe, was that continent’s lack of high density transmission lines needed to move power from where it is generated, to where it is consumed. In Denmark, more high density lines connect the wind turbines to outside of the country, then connect to their own population centers. In Germany, to send power to the southern half of that country, it must be routed through the Benelux countries, since those nations have the high density lines, and Germany does not……..

Bluewater will not live up to its potential if it cannot send its excess to the hungry DC energy market… During peak generation times, without these lines in place, many of the turbines will have to be taken off line. Meaning somewhere……coal will have to be burned to replace the power lost because someone opposed the placement of high density transmission lines across Delaware.

Furthermore, there is great possibility that sooner than anticipated, much more of this nation’s energy will be derived from wind blowing through the Midwest. The entire world’s current electrical needs could be furnished by three Midwestern states,… if we had enough turbines to capture the wind capacity that exists there………Meanwhile, back in Delaware, on a slow day we will need that “far away” green energy to run our globally warmed air conditioners, back here, straining to capacity…….

Denying these transmission lines in order to slow the burning of fossil fuels, is admirable. On this point Carney should be commended. (Golf clap). But to deny electricity produced by wind power from reaching those most needing it, and causing an increase of fossil fuel burning to make up that very difference…..is unconscionable.

So what looked like a safe stick to drive some support into ones growing political camp, turns out to be a sleeping copperhead that can fatally fang one if one fails to let go and hangs on one second too long.

What is interesting is that Carney’s primary opponent, and early supporter of Bluewater’s wind power’s bid, supported the same argument, which ironically harms the efficiency of the Bluewater wind farm once it is built.

From the News Journal: “State Treasurer Jack Markell, who is vying with Carney for the nomination, said he has “not met a single Delawarean who wants a high-transmission corridor running through our state.”

As more Delawareans learn how Delaware will uniquely benefit from selling what was once molecules of air passing over Rehoboth Beach, to a power hungry public in the gigantic metropolitan areas to our west, this misinterpretation of whether we suffer or benefit from high density transmission lines, will be resolved………

Just a heads up John and Jack…..I’m sure you didn’t know………..

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