Category Archives: Energy

Donald Trump on Energy Policy

The TRUMP 2016 Press Office has released the following statement regarding national energy policy: DONALD J. TRUMP FORMAL POLICY ADDRESS ON ENERGY [5/26/2016] Donald J. Trump spoke to thousands at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota after clinching the GOP nomination for President of the United States. During his speech, for which he received many standing ovations, Mr. Trump took strong positions to reduce and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production in order to create millions of new good-paying jobs, use energy production to rebuild our infrastructure and our inner cities and to reduce our debt. Mr. Trump outlined an "America First" agenda offering a significant contrast to Hillary Clinton's "Donor First" agenda that will make the special interests rich and continue to decimate the lower and middle classes. The transcript of the remarks Read more

Sanders Against Fracking and Offshore Drilling

MEDIA RELEASE From BERNIE 2016: Sanders in Florida Puts Focus on Climate Change and Offshore Oil Drilling TAMPA, Fla. – Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Thursday contrasted his consistent record opposing offshore oil drilling with Hillary Clinton’s support for a bill that allowed more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. With Sanders scheduled to address a rally here tonight in this Gulf of Mexico coastal community, his campaign cited the 2006 vote on the gulf drilling bill. Sanders, then a member of the House, voted against the legislation. Clinton, then a senator, voted for the bill. After the bill passed, the oil giant BP obtained a permit to drill in the area where one of its rigs exploded in 2010, killing 11 workers and causing a catastrophic spill of 130 million gallons of oil into the gulf. Like her shifting stands on other issues, Clinton more recently has signaled Read more

Hydrokinetics for the First State

COMMENTARY By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to the Governor’s 10/2/15 weekly message on “Combating Climate Change While Growing our Economy”, there is another practical, economical and environmentally compatible energy source currently available, i.e.: HYDROKINTETICS. In-line hydrokinetics differs from traditional hydroelectric generation as it does not require dams or natural waterfalls – only water flow at 4.2 Knots or greater and has in contrast, an extremely low environmental impact throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it can produce electricity with zero GHG emission cheaper than a conventional coal-fired power plant. [Photo: UEK Corporation] The idea was first publically introduced in Delaware during a public meeting regarding a proposed Indian River Inlet power generation project in Ocean View in 1993. The Indian River Inlet is the second fastest Read more

Finnish Defense Ministry Pledges Sustainable Development Program

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Finnish Defense Ministry has pledged to implement a program of sustainable development in its planning and operations as part of a broader long term national program, documented in "The Finland We Want by 2050". “We have pledged to sustainable development with several measures and one is our aim at decreasing energy consumption in the premises by 20 per cent and greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent between 2010 and 2020”, said Planning Officer, Sami Heikkilä. The Defense Ministry program is aimed at reducing environmental damage resulting from training exercises and regular operations, facilities construction, as well as materials, energy and waste management (including increased utilization of renewable energy sources). Upon further inquiry, it was revealed that the plan currently did not mention hydrokinetics as a possible energy Read more

Environmentalist Frenzy Has Mediocre Showing

Environmental groups are finding out that mindlessly opposing jobs, domestic energy, and safety doesn't fire up mobs of people.  An estimated 35,000 showed up to a D. C. rally to oppose the popular Keystone Pipeline. Environmental groups are in search of a mission.  Their success in the 1970's benefited all Americans now like the BRAC Commission of the 1980's, they are in search of a mission because just safeguarding their successes doesn't pay the salaries and raise money well enough.  They have to find threats under every potential of progress.  That is a shame. Environmental groups could become innovative and help us to move to the next phase.  We need better energy sources.  I believe the key is to rally behind safe, clean, and effective storage of energy.  We need, for lack of a better term, the better battery.  We need massive energy storage.  This will make renewable Read more

People Concerned About Renewable Energy Mandate

I have gotten several people responding to this Dover Post article on Dover's joining the green energy regime. Patrons even came up to me in the library after my Downtown Dover Development board meeting expressing agreement. Calls are running 100% in favor. We struck a nerve. However, Councilman David Anderson took umbrage with the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard. Anderson has described the RPS as an assault on individual liberty due to the fact it would artificially cause either higher energy costs or rationing, Anderson said. He also doubted the state's lofty goal of requiring utilities to provide a product that was one-fourth green energy by 2025. "The idea that 25 percent of the state's energy is going to come from renewable sources is a fantasy," Anderson said. "I think the state needs to come to reality. "The Renewable Portfolio Standard is already costing the ratepayers Read more

Thanks to the Shale Revolution

The U. S. is poised to become the World’s largest producer of oil in 2017 thanks to new technology.  So much for the peak crisis projections.  It is a vindication of the Bush administration policies opening up new fields and technology and it shows the misreading of static analysis in dealing with the future. Obviously, we need to develop alternative energy sources and not fall back into complacency.  Oil will be harder to get and more expensive in the future because much of the easy oil has been reached.  My point is that hand wring alarmism does not solve problems.  Ingenuity, forward thinking policies, and free market rewards do.  If we had the current administration 12 years ago, America would not be poised for this next economic boom.

Local Electric Rate Update

Note: Delmarva Power has additional fees not in the rates. 3 municipal companies beat Delamarva Power. Please end the rumor that we overcharge the customer.
> RESIDENTIAL RATE COMPARISON @ 1,000 kWh DE COOP DPL % Difference % Difference Lewes $120.20 -1% -16% De Co-op $121.31 0% -15% Dover $136.78 13% -4% New Castle $136.85 13% -4% Delmarva Power $142.49 17% 0% Milford $146.49 21% 3% Newark $150.68 24% 6% Middletown $150.95 24% 6% Clayton $151.80 25% 7% Smyrna $153.78 27% 8% Seaford $160.46 32% 13%

Comment Rescue: The electric, is too damn high

I agree. The electric, is too damn high That was an interesting quote commenting on one my posts. Electric rates are higher than they should be. Why? This state has embarked on a radical and unproven strategy of setting unrealistic green energy quotas. It is not the only reason, but it seems to exacerbate all of the others. Representative Jack Peterman R- Milford said it well in a recent guest opinion. Delaware’s businesses and homeowners are already paying dearly to keep the lights on. According to federal statistics, Delaware has the 13th highest residential electricity rate in the nation, the 13th highest commercial rate and seventh highest residential average monthly bill. One cost driving up prices is Delaware’s membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI): a nine state "cap and trade" compact designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from large Read more

Solar Park

1.5 million dollar to the cause of green energy. One of the interesting points that the media did not pick up was my questioning of how much the White Oak Solar Park cost Dover rate payers. We spend about $128,000 just on a give away for the credits (SREC's) and we have to buy all of the energy produced at what has become a premium for the next 20 years. Even worse is the rates are guaranteed to go up. In a couple of more years, we will be paying 2 million for the same energy. Even worse there is another one waiting in the wings that is even bigger. I toured the site in an effort to educate me on why I needed to support it. I am for solar or other energy. I am not for the tax and rate payer being hosed. I know anyone who questions these priorities over safe streets, affordable utilities, an economic development strategy, low taxes, or youth programs, is a Luddite. If we do not Read more

The Volt Has No Juice

  I have written here many times that Delaware is little more than a scaled down version of the national agenda of the liberal Democrat party, and Gov. Markell is merely a puppet for the Obama administration. Not really surprising since Vice Pres. Biden runs the Democrat party here in the state.   Well it wasn't that long ago that I wrote about the fact that Fisker Motors,the creator of a hybrid electric car, would be laying off about a quarter of their Delaware employees due to faltering sales, this even as gasoline prices continue to rise. Fisker was touted by the Markell administration as being the center piece of economic recovery here in the state of Delaware. It was seen, by liberals, as  the jewel in the crown of greeny technology ment to replace traditional energy sources.   Like the Obama administration, Gov. Markell here in Delaware has been attempting to force this Read more

A Crack in The Green Regime

I was pleased to be a part of the National League of Cities (NLC) delegation for Dover. It was better than advertised. I was able to get some valuable information which went along with some projects that I had been working on. It may have accelerated my progress by months by giving me real time access to experts who shared my perspective of next practices not “best” practices. Frankly, it was exactly what I was seeking.  Sure not all of them were useful, but the format allowed me to seek out specifically what I was seeking and the right experts. You will see the product of this over the next couple of weeks. The Green regime took a stunning defeat when I led the charge to vote down a resolution taking sides with the radical environmentalists on the Keystone Pipeline. What was unexpectedly fun was the interaction. I was elected an officer of the Christian Public Official Caucus. Read more

Dover Sun Park

The Dover Post examined the Dover Sun Park beyond the hype.  It would cause a minor increase in electric rates today, but the long term contract locks in inflation of our rates into the future for the next 20 years.  In fact the number is $65,000,000 in rate increases over the next 20 years.  What could Dover do with $65,000,000 if we didn't want to leave it your pockets where some would argue it belongs? The city desperately needs to renovate its aging water system.  That is  a $31,000,000 bill.  The city needs more police in the face of rising crime statewide.  4 more officers forming vitally needed community police units could be accomplished for around $8,000,000 or so over 20 years including equipment, training, pensions, healthcare, and salaries.  Some of our city streets have not been maintained adequately another $2,000,000 could add several streets to the schedule. We Read more

Keystone Pipeline

The Obama administration's jobs council gave tepid approval the vital Keystone pipeline which would create 20,000 jobs and give America a plentiful, safe, and stable North American oil supply.  America would be the main market for the Canadian Oil Sands output.  It sounds like just the type of success NAFTA was intended to achieve.   Set aside that we should be developing our own shale oil, this is a win, win situation.  It would boost the American and Canadian economies, provide infrastructure jobs, and enhance national security by giving us a NATO partner as our major supplier of oil, which will hopefully keep us out of wars  in which we do not belong.  Pipelines have proven to be the best method for long range transport of oil and natural gas.  They are safe and efficient.  They are not affected by weather and give a dependable, environmentally sound supply.  They use minimum Read more

Solar Credit Pricing Plan Too High

DATE: 7/1/11 A plan to offer a guaranteed price for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) to purchasers of solar panels is way off course. A homeowner or small business who buys a solar panel can sell one SREC for each megawatt-hour of power produced by the panel. A typical home unit might generate 7 to 12 SREC’s a year. This is on top of state and federal tax credits that offset the purchase price of a solar panel by almost half the first year. The total value of all the subsidies is worth more than the purchase price of the system and is on top of the actual energy savings. That is the equivalent of stopping for gasoline and instead of paying $4 a gallon for gas the station pays you sixty cents. SREC’s had been selling on the spot market for about $270 each to power companies who are required by law to purchase an increasing number each year through 2025. The power company passes Read more

Delaware Electric Co Op to Make Dover an Offer

An item has been added to the Dover Elec Comm Final 062711 1035 hrs[1] the agenda of the Dover Utility Committee, there is an offer to merge Delaware Electric Cooperative and the City of Dover Electric operations.  This is important not only to Co Op members and city residents, but this is seen as a pattern offer which will be repeated across the state in coming years.  The increased regulations and the Renewable Portfolio requirements are putting the smaller utilities under pressure which may spur more merger talks.  Some support this idea, David Stevenson of the Caesar Rodney Institute gave me his view printed below. The first city in Delaware to significantly lower electricity rates will see an economic boom. America is seeing an industrial renaissance as companies move operations back from overseas to realize lower transportation costs, better quality, and to escape rising labor Read more

Carper Attacks Vehicle Choice

Sen. Carper Joins Sen. Feinstein and 16 Colleagues in Call for Stronger Fuel-Economy Standards Will reduce pollution, increase consumer information and save money for American families WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 16 other Senate colleagues, called for the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency to establish stronger fuel-economy standards and increase consumer information to reduce pollution and save money for American families and businesses.   In a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, the senators called on the agencies to enact joint standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions under the Feinstein-Snowe Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act, which was signed into law in 2007.   The agencies are currently establishing Read more

Stimulus money flies out the Unweatherized Window.

http://www.delawareonline.com/videonetwork/877331234001/Delaware-restarts-troubled-weatherization-program Obama's stimulus money has created a corrupt, incompetent, wasteful program that is supposed to help the poor weatherize their home.  Instead clients have had expensive hardware installed with taxpayers money, leaving basic repairs undone.  The prior Program Manager Ken Davis (Now retired from his $62,000 per year job)  also managed to find a contractor that employed his son for many of the jobs.  From the News Journal: "The cash grab that went on was just amazing," said Allen Luzak, a weatherization expert with the Delaware Energy Office. Auditors -- trained under Delaware's revamped Weatherization Assistance Program -- have begun revisiting more than 1,000 of those homes to check the quality of work, look for billing issues and decide what remediation needs to Read more

Time to Avert a Disaster: Open Existing Secure Nuclear Waste Storage Facilities

  March 28, 2011 by David Stevenson used with permission see the CRI blog for this and more great information. The nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan shows, beyond a doubt, the time has come to open existing, secure nuclear storage facilities in the United States to avert a similar tragedy. Stored fuel is the biggest concern in Japan. We currently store spent nuclear fuel rods at power plants in above ground facilities in secure Transportation, Aging, and Disposal Canisters (TAD). These canisters can be shipped and stored without opening them. There are currently about 71,000 metric tons of spent fuel and high level radioactive waste stored at 121 nuclear power plants and non-military government sites. All of this waste, minus shipping containers, could be stacked forty-one feet high on one football field. Waste grows at a rate of 2,000 metric tons a year. It is time for Read more

Energy Rationing

Delaware is realizing that it will not be able to meet its ambitious renewable mandate so we are getting out of RGGI is that correct?  No, we are going where I always predicted to Energy Rationing.  The nonprofit power providers will like this bill.  It takes some of the pressure off of them and puts it on you.  It turns the focus toward cutting power usage or energy rationing.  House Bill 27 by Darryl Scott and John Kowalko has negative implications for long term economic growth in the state.  We need to tell our elected officials to support the Peterman bill not the Scott Bill.

Guest Opinion–David Stevenson –Where are the Green Jobs?

 RE: Where are the Green Jobs?  repost from CRI    DATE:  3/16/11                Green jobs will make the economy grow, or so the often repeated mantra goes.  Actually there are fewer green jobs in Delaware now than in 2003 (750 in 2003, 650 in 20111) and significant job growth appears to be unlikely.  Furthermore, green jobs incentives will cost as much as $500 a year in higher electricity bills diverting money from other uses!  So someone else loses a job because you don't go out as often or don't buy a new piece of furniture.  Eight independent studies relating experiences from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and California indicate each green job will cost between one and eight jobs elsewhere. Those jurisdictions are all a decade further down the experience curve than Delaware and are all in the process of trimming subsidies and renewable Read more