Category Archives: Delaware Public Service Comm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, is a bad air day in Delaware

All sorts of bad air on Wednesday, Aug 26th:

Delaware Department of Ag violating law to protect chicken scam?

 New York City garbage going to Chester, PA, via Elsmere, DE?

More power lines to be hung up over the Delaware River?

Utility ripoffs in general and in particular….

The DNREC has announced an “air quality action day,” saying that ozone is forecast to be in the Code Orange range and particles are forecast to be in the Code Yellow range.

The official forecasting system does not consider the combined effect of multiple pollutants, but Green Delaware does, and we say this is a Code Red (unhealthy for everybody) day. Continue reading

Tuesday: Breathe with care in Delaware …..(etc)

Bad Air

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.”

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Update: Delaware Public Service Commisison admits Kowalko as intervenor

Here is an email from Rep. John Kowalko:

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,
John Kowalko

Urgent Action Alert: Preserve public access to the “Public Service Commission”

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.

Standing against this are Representatives John Kowalko and Ed Osienski. Continue reading

Black Hat Jack is at it again….this time it’s keeping the “public” out of the “Public Service Commission”

Delaware’s so-called “Public Advocate,” Dave Bonar, is seeking to keep Reps. John Kowalko and Edward Osienski from “intervening” in an important Delmarva Power ripoff “docket” now happening in the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC).

Green Delaware’s comments to the PSC on this are here.

So what’s really going on?  Utility regulatory matters aren’t always easy to understand and a little background may help. Continue reading

Media release: “Lawmakers oppose delmarva power’s rate increase request”

[Note: Rep. Kowalko has prepared a summary of recent Delmarva Power “rate cases.”  See previous post.]

Delaware House of Representatives

Rep. John Kowalko

For Immediate Release: Contact: Drew Volturo

April 9, 2013 Work: (302) 744-4001 Cell: (302) 593-5969

Lawmakers oppose delmarva power’s rate increase request

State representatives and advocates voice need to protect Delawarean consumers

WILMINGTON – Declaring that recession-recovering families cannot afford it, lawmakers and advocates representing low-, middle- and fixed-income Delawareans gathered Tuesday to protest Delmarva Power’s latest request to increase electric rates by $42 million. Continue reading

Alert 664: July 14, 2008: — Delmarva Power “IRP” Public Comment Session

In Alert 656:  Do you want a say over Delaware’s energy future? we reported on attempts to curtain public input into Delmarva Power’s planning.  We invited people speak out if they wanted public meetings and some people did.  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.  (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.”  Remember that, folks.) Continue reading

“Delaware Energy Plan 2009-2014”–a worst-ever report?

Green Delaware Alert 645

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“Delaware Energy Plan
2009-2014”–a worst-ever report?
Coal promoted in multiple ways …
Incineration promoted …
public participation dissed …

Public comments needed by March 15, 2009
(see below for suggestions)
Defend Delaware’s laws against incineration!