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Sen. AdamsSENATE RESOLUTION NO. 19

CALLING ON THE SENATE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TO RELEASE  HCR 38 FROM INACTION BY THAT SAID COMMITTEE AND BRING HCR38 UPON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE FOR A VOTE, UP OR DOWN.

WHEREAS,  the Delaware House of Representatives passed HCR 38 by a vote 25 to 11,

WHEREAS, 8 of 21 Delaware State Senators or 74.5% already of the 51% required for passage,  have signed on as a sponsor of HCR 38.

WHEREAS, everyday this topic is forefront in the minds of all Delawareans, whether itt was placed there through news outlets, advertising commercials, or discussions on talk radio,

WHEREAS, more than 90% of Delawareans are in favor of passage of this bill.

WHEREAS, proponents of this legislation have become more vocal as more knowledge is dispensed to the public, and detractors have grown silent, as more knowledge is dispensed to the public,

WHEREAS, negotiations between Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind have continued for fourteen days under the auspicies of the Senate Majoity Leader, and no agreement has been forthcoming.

WHEREAS, Delmarva Power historically does not negotiate in good faith,

WHEREAS,  reduction of the amount of Bluewater Wind supplied to Delmarva Power by 100 MWh will drastically impact the rates SOS customers will have to pay over the life of the plan, by 1.65 Billion dollars.

WHEREAS,  the current PPA was created over the entire length of 2007 and was agreed to by 3 of the 4 entities required by House Bill 6,  to approve of the plan,

WHEREAS, the public was given input into which concept would be chosen by the Delaware PSC, and overwhelmingly supported the proposal sponsored by Bluewater Wind,

WHEREAS,  Bluewater Wind at $105 dollars per MWh for the next twenty five years, is already cheaper than what Delmarva buys power from Pepco now:  $110 dollars per MWh.

WHEREAS,  Delmarva Power had promised that their opposing bid of  onshore wind would be available for everyone to see, and still, with only 5 sessions left of the 144th General Assembly, they have still not been given to the Public Service Commission, nor published on Delmarva’s own website.

WHEREAS, there are considerable other matters desperately requiring the General Assembly’s attention over the next four sessions, and debate time will be limited if this is not released for a vote immediately,

NOW THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED:  by the Senate of the 144th General Assembly of the State of Delaware that the members do hereby extend to our current colleague, our current Senate president and a man who has been a good friend of long standing to many in this chamber, the Honorable Thurman Adams— our plea to demand the release of HCR 38, as is required under Delaware Code, Title 29, Chapter 9, Sections S911 should a majority of the Senate’s members request that a certain piece of legislation go on the floor of the Senate for an up or down vote.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that with passage of this petition, that HCR 38 is to be released as the very first item of the Senate’s business on the very next day the Senate is in session.

SYNOPSIS

This resolution forces the release from committee of HCR 38 so that it can be brought to the floor for a vote.