Feds to rehear transmission line arguments

DOVER — The Delaware Public Service Commission announced Tuesday the federal agency that had approved a controversial transmission line will rehear the case.

At issue is a transmission line stretching from the Delmarva Peninsula to the Artificial Island nuclear complex in New Jersey that is expected to place much of the cost burden on Delawareans.

The cost is estimated at $411 million, and Delawareans would see their energy bills increase by about $4.10 per month, according to the Public Service Commission.

Gov. Jack Markell, members of the congressional delegation and state lawmakers have objected to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approving the plan, arguing the state would not benefit from it.

The Delaware House of Representatives passed legislation last week urging the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to deny permits for the plan.

“We are pleased to find out that our joint request for rehearing has been granted for further consideration,” Public Service Commissioner Executive Director Bob Howatt said in a statement. “We strongly feel that we have addressed the criteria set by the FERC as to why this project should be treated differently than other transmission projects. We will continue to fight for Delaware in an effort to reduce the cost allocation for this project.”

Staff writer Matt Bittle can be reached at 741-8250 or mbittle@newszap.com. Follow @MatthewCBittle on Twitter.

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