You are correct, Gary, there seems to be some confusion surrounding your claims. I was hoping you could make some clarifications on a few of your statements that do not jive with the common perception.

First allow me to say we are glad you support renewable resources including wind and solar, and to thank you for your support of the 20% renewable energy standards. One could not help but note that in one of your consultant’s reports, it was mentioned that if the deal goes through, that Bluewater Wind would provide 24% of your energy with all of that from renewables. Obviously, if Bluewater renewables are more costly than other renewables, one could see why you would not want to pursue that pathway towards meeting the mandate 5 years earlier than required.

If you would forgive my impertinence for a moment, it appears, at least to this impartial observer, that the confusion you mention in the News Journal article seems to exist entirely on Delmarva’s end. If memory serves correctly a large number, well over 90 % of Delawareans want the wind farm to go through…..This confusion about renewable credits which you bring up now, didn’t materialize until……..wasn’t it at the 7 and 40 Alliance meeting where it made its public debut? Even Harris McDowell failed to mention renewable credits in his series of letters to members of the legislature…….

In your appeal, you mention almost with disdain that other sources for renewable credits were not allowed to compete in the process…..I was hoping you could educate us as to why not? Didn’t those other sources have the same open access to the PSC as did Bluewater Wind starting from the passage of ERISCA in June 06 to the close of the bidding in December 06? Why then, didn’t they get their bids in as well? Was it that they didn’t they have enough time stretching from New Years Day until the end of May, to get adequate publicity for their options? Were they too busy during the entire summer, and most of the fall of 2007 to bring up this very important fact, that they could save so much money for Delawareans?

The process has been wide open and transparent. Perhaps from your position inside of Delmarva, you could tell us how this pertinent information was metaphorically stashed away in some mail tray, out of sight until the last minute? If a law has been broken, all of Delaware wants to know……..

Also your News Journal article you mention that it is the lack of green alternatives that results in endless cost projections and offers that keep changing. But Sir, isn’t it your organization that keeps changing the offers. Correct me if I am wrong, but it is there on the PSC website for all of Delaware to see, that in your negotiations with Bluewater Wind, lasting over the entire summer and early fall, “that Delmarva in the last hours, on the last day, placed an asterisk on almost all of the prior negotiated agreements, thereby nullifying them as negotiated agreements behind which Delmarva stood“? By blaming Bluewater for these cost escalations, are you implying that those documents placed on the PSC website are false and untrue? For if they are, and a law has been broken, …all of Delaware wants to know….

Delawareans are proud that our resident power company is offering the public an alternative and providing to all the illusion of confidence that the public is being served……You say that “This competitive approach has the support of, among others, the Public Service Commission staff, the Public Advocate, social agencies, chambers of commerce and” the three Kings and their band of brothers at the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Which to those who know Delaware politics, means that Mulrooney supports it, as does Spence, Viola, Cathcart, Conner, and DeLuca just to name a few. It also means that this alternative has its tentacles deeply embedded among Governor candidate John Carney’s office staff. With such public support we certainly hope that this option is realistic and viable…….

So where does all this cheap renewable energy from outside the state come from? At the 7 & 40 Alliance meeting you casually mentioned that we could get it from land based wind farms in Pennsylvania. If it is cheaper, by all means…..It has my support….But if anyone looks, there isn’t much renewable energy coming from Pennsylvania……As anyone can see who looks on the internet at the AWEA website which outlines the amount of wind power available in each state, as well as a letter which I believe is visible at the PSC website (click on November 7th) that mentions that currently only 179 MW of renewable energy exist in PA…..with the maximum projection being 483 MW….

My question to you is this. Will Delmarva be the only utility buying that wind energy, or will we have to bid against Maryland, which requires 9.5 % renewable energy, DC which requires 11% renewable energy, Virginia which requires 12% of renewable energy, Pennsylvania itself requiring 18.5% renewable energy, or New Jersey requiring 22.5% renewable energy, or New York, requiring 25% renewable energy. Excuse me in advance for contradicting you but how can all these states satisfy all of their renewable energy requirements out of 483 MW?

Oh……..It just dawned on me……I get it now…..they will have to bid the price up as high as possible until only the highest bidder can take it…..Very clever…….Now it makes sense as to why you want Delmarva (part of Pepco) to buy energy from itself at exorbitantly high prices…..Again, my hats off to you…..if you can pull that off you earned the feather in your cap…..

Now that I finally at last glimpse the strategy and understand the whole motivation of Delmarva getting behind land based renewables, which may be cheaper now but in a few years will cost a pretty penny, I will leave it alone. So what, … It’s a business decision…..No problem…..As a corporate executive you are allowed to make those….You’ve got to make your money somehow….We will all grant you that………..

But when you bring up the state’s own bidding process, I confess, I am again confused as to how that process applies when the state agencies will have to choose between either the high price of high demand land-based wind power, or the high price of an offshore wind farm, which you propose should never be built? Particularly in that scenario, wouldn’t the state agencies as well as Delmarva’s customers, then be locked into higher prices for these land based renewables, with nowhere else to turn to for cheaper power, should the option for a wind farm be scrapped?…..Wouldn’t the argument that you are trying to make for us now, about us having a choice, also apply to us then, when the seven states comprising the world’s largest power market, are all competitively bidding up the price for the same, paltry few renewable credits? But if we follow through with your option of opting for land based renewables, and the scrapping of the wind farm, we wouldn’t have that other option when we most needed it, would we?

Surely you can clear this up by telling us where this cheap land based energy will come from, exactly how much of it there will be, just how much reserve will exist over the anticipated demand, and basically just how much we will pay for your option in say 2019? But if you can’t give us that answer and I will apologize in advance for sounding smug, but I can think of no other way to phrase this…….Isn’t the method you propose, using onshore wind credits to supply Delaware’s mandated total of 20% renewables, both untried and untested, sort of what was said by you about building an offshore wind farm off the coast of Rehoboth? Likewise, isn’t putting faith in Pennsylvania’s 483MW, sort of like what you said about Bluewater “putting all our eggs in one basket?”

Either way, onshore or offshore, renewables will be the largest investment ever made in Delaware’s history, costing much more than the original Dupont Highway. But you mentioned 22 Billion as Delaware’s investment in a wind farm…..Now if the wind farm costs 2 billion,…. could you tell us from where did the extra 20 billion come? Are you by chance also including the cost of the power we Delawareans would have to pay to another service anyway if the wind farm does not go through? Could you give us your take on where you came up with 22 billion total for Bluewater’s investment?

And another question from your final statement, sorry to be so thorough, but could you explain to us how 28% of Delmarva’s customers will pay 100% of the Wind farms cost? (I looked for a source on that one and couldn’t find it.) For when Delmarva joined Connectiv, everyone, commercial, industrial, as well as residences had to pay for that deal….When you screwed up your clocks and were the only company in the world (based on contemporaneous news reports) to have not fixed the YK2000 problem at the turn of the century, the cost was shared by all of Delmarva’s customers. Could you explain to 90% of Delawareans why this scenario is different. I am not saying that it isn’t…….I just can’t figure out why, considering the last two episodes. I think explaining this statement may do a lot to help your side argue their case more effectively…..

You close by saying all the state will benefit from Bluewater Wind. Thanks for mentioning that it is a benefit……But only a portion will pay…. Again, since this the first time anyone has said such a thing since last December when the bidding was closed, can you tell us what you mean by that statement which has been kept out of discussion until now? Coming at the last minute, it is sort of like those asterisks popping up in the last hours, of the last day, eh?

Oh! They decide this Tuesday?