Delaware Electric Co-op votes to decrease rates

DOVER — Customers who receive their electricity from Delaware Electric Cooperative got some good news on Wednesday night. The cooperative’s board of directors approved a rate decrease for all 102,000 of its members as, beginning on June 1, rates for those served by DEC will fall by 4 percent, a reduction that will save its […]

Letter to the Editor: Renewable energy legislature draft deserves taxpayer scrutiny and input

Editor’s note: The following was also sent to Delaware Gov. John Carney. Dear Gov. Carney: In SAFE’s letter of 5/27/19, we expressed concerns about “a move afoot” in the Delaware General Assembly to increase Delaware’s “renewable energy” targets (Renewable Portfolio Standard) and suggested a series of questions that should be considered. To the best of […]

Commentary: Energy grants can empower Delaware communities

By Jim Purcell The recent COVID-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to how intertwined economic, social, and health security can be in our lives. Our communities are suffering from severe health, economic and social impacts posed by this pandemic. Often overlooked yet still significant and long-lasting are the cash benefits that energy efficiency projects have […]

Commentary: Renewable energy is part of an overall solution to COVID-19

By Tom Brett We are facing an FDR moment, in which it is essential to properly prioritize our nation’s response to the coronavirus crisis as our government makes massive investments in our economy.  The opportunity to remake our energy future is here and we must seize it. Our government’s approach to the coronavirus threat has […]

Letter to the Editor: Bloom box boondoggle

Thanks to Sen. Lopez and other Republican state senators for their commentary article on the Bloom fuel cell fiasco (Delaware State News Feb 26). These sorts of natural gas-fired units are not renewable energy and should not get the 300% compliance multiplier that they currently enjoy going forward. I urge these writers to work in […]

Delaware regulators halt try to hit solar customers with big fees

MILLSBORO — Thanks to solar panels at his Millsboro early learning center, businessman Richard Spinks frequently provides more energy to the regional power grid than he uses. That’s why he was shocked recently to learn that he still faced potentially costly monthly bills from Delmarva Power. Mr. Spinks had invested in the panels in 2017 […]

Letter to the Editor: Safety precautions are part of the plan for wind farm

Your letter writer, Paul Breger, wrote (Nov. 27, 2019) that he is concerned about magnetic currents at the Fenwick Island State Park. Perhaps he was not listening to the presentation at the Indian River High School when the Orsted engineer pointed out that the 8-inch cable will be connected to an onshore substation by horizontal […]

Letter to the Editor: U.S. must face its environmental issues

On Nov. 19 my husband and I attended the hearing at Indian River High School to learn more about the proposed wind farm and the transmission station that might be located in Fenwick State Park. The crowd expressed disapproval for the project, and due to little leadership, the meeting lacked organization. The over-60 crowd was […]

Commentary: Wind farm debate

Readers reacted to a recent commentary by Fenwick Island resident headlined “Offshore wind farm projects would destroy ocean views” wherein he says “Skipjack and other offshore wind energy companies are looking to use the tallest wind turbines in the world, measuring 853 feet or three times taller than the turbine in Lewes. As planned, these […]

Commentary: Offshore wind farm projects would destroy ocean views

Several offshore wind farm projects that will stretch from Rehoboth Beach to Ocean City, Maryland will soon be a reality unless citizens and legislators take action now. Orsted Wind Power (Denmark) has been granted one of multiple offshore wind farm leases. Orsted’s Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control […]