Gas pipeline gains critical wetlands permit in Wicomico

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Despite personal feelings against natural gas as a fuel source, the Maryland Board of Public Works was unanimous in granting a tidal wetlands permit that allows Eastern Shore Natural Gas to install a pipeline from Salisbury to Eden. This is the first leg of a plan to bring methane into Somerset County, […]

Biden slams Trump on virus response, unveils energy plan during Wilmington speech

WILMINGTON – Quell the pandemic first, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged the White House on Tuesday afternoon during a speech from Wilmington’s Chase Center on the Riverfront. Until the spread of the coronavirus is significantly mitigated, economic recovery is of far less concern, he said. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee immediately slammed President […]

Biden proposes overhauling nation’s energy sector by 2035

WILMINGTON — Joe Biden released a plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry, with a proposal to achieve entirely carbon pollution-free power by 2035. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will discuss the proposal later Tuesday near his home in Wilmington, Delaware. It marks his […]

Plans for wind farm interconnect at Fenwick Island State Park withdrawn

FENWICK ISLAND – A Danish-based clean energy company has removed its pitch for a beach-based interconnect at Fenwick Island State Park for its Skipjack Wind Farm, citing concern for existing wetlands and ecosystems. Following the completion of more thorough evaluations of the area proposed for the interconnect facility, Ørsted announced Friday it has determined that […]

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 […]