Tuesday August 5, 2014 is an official Code Orange “air quality action day” in Delaware. The DNREC says: “A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion.”
In a victory for the ratepayers (in my estimation) the Public Service Commission unanimously voted against the Delaware Public Advocate’s objection to my intervention status request in the matter of PSC Docket No. 13-384. It’s not the first time the DPA has objected to an intervention petition on the weak grounds that they are tasked, solely, with representing the ratepayers (by law). I pointed out to the commission that this was absolutely not the case and more advocates on behalf of the economically challenged ratepayer class, especially at the cost (free) would complement any efforts they might make not undermine them as Mr. Bonar alleged. Dave Bonar said in testimony today that interveners such as myself could take the podium at the public hearing for comment or submit written comments on these dockets. That is a ridiculous argument to make considering the complexity of the issues and the finite access to the nuances of these rate requests that would not be available to the non-intervener and/or public. I made that point and happily the PSC commissioners agreed with me. […]Regards,
Most people know that Delmarva Power and other utilities are reaching deeper and deeper into our pockets with less and less justification. Heat and electricity are becoming less and less affordable, though wholesale costs are low. Of course, the main goal of the management of Delmarva Power is to maximize profits for stockholders.
In Alert 656:Â Do you want a say over Delawareâ€™s energy future? we reported on attempts to curtain public input into Delmarva Power’s planning.Â We invited people speak out if they wanted public meetings and some people did.Â One of the three scheduled meetings (in Dover) was kept on the agenda and the other two, in Sussex and New Castle Counties, were cancelled.Â (I was especially annoyed that Blue Water Wind, which benefited so much from public support for its offshore wind project, supported cancelling the “public comment sessions.”Â Remember that, folks.) Continue reading →