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 could give grants to expand after school programs which statistically lower crime and give us better academic performance to almost every at risk child $4,000,000.   We could insure the Hope Clinic operation has the resources to provide health services to those who fall through the cracks, $1,000,000 ($50k for 20 years).  We could revitalize downtown $10,000,000.   We could enhance our fire protection so the police, fire, and EMT services are on the same communication module and ensure we have updated equipment, $400,000.   We could enhance the city parks with splash pads, skate parks, and basketball courts.  We could repair the tennis courts and bring a pool into Silver Lake, $750,000.  We could scholarship poor children into the city recreation programs and keep them away from gangs in the summer $300,000 (spread over 20 years)  Finally, we could make significant progress in pension funding with the remaining millions. Instead we give it away to a private company.  Am I the only one who has a problem with this? Why would the city do such a thing?  You can thank a radical view in state government that has gained a foothold.  It believes carbon dioxide is the enemy of mankind.   The state has mandated utilities in Delaware obtain 25% of their electricity from “renewable” sources under the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The problem is current technology does not exist to allow this goal to be met without sharp price increases or rationing of power.  This ambitious goal is in conjunction with RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative)  which is an interstate covenant signed on to by a more than a dozen states determined to end run the federal government reluctance to shackle the economy and comply with United Nations greenhouse gas reduction goals.   Some states are withdrawing from the RGGI, but Delaware seems full steam ahead even though it is costing us jobs, hurting our towns, and impoverishing our citizens.   The city needs new power generation, but it cannot get it without also bringing expensive alternatives into the mix.  When you compare the White Oak Sun Park contract rates to what was the going rate for SREC’s (Solar Renewable Energy Credits), we actually got it locked in at half the then going rate.  With that in mind, I do not fault the city leadership for this transfer of wealth.  I lay the blame at the feet of our state leaders. I hope in the future that our state leaders will be slower to pass down unfunded mandates because they hurt the local communities’ ability to serve the citizens in the way we believe is best.  I hope they start by repealing the RPS and withdrawing from RGGI.

22 thoughts on “Dover Sun Park”

  1. (SIGH!!!) There, I just spewed a bunch of “enemy to mankind” into the air. Come arrest me.

    David, what you listed is precisely what the City of Dover needs. Too bad so many otherwise intelligent/semi-intelligent people in our government, both state and local, have been brainwashed into believing that solar power is the cure to our ills. Its almost like a Twilight Zone episode (or perhaps the reign of Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten), where a society neglects most everything tried and true to worship the Sun god.

    Wake me up when this farce is over.

  2. So, you are comparing $65M in future projections over 20 years (as if electric rates ever trend anywhere but up) against things like hiring four police officers? Really, you would expect to take 20 years to hire four officers, improve playgrounds, and provide health care to freeloaders?

  3. More green insanity; thanks, Socialist-Democrats.

    Our brilliant Socialist-Democrat auto business experts (who are engaged in a futile attempt to tell people what they want) say:

    “Buy a Chevy Volt” (nobody else has).

  4. Yes, I am looking at the 20 year cost of maintaining these items which could of course be funded by either utility rates (Water and Sewer for water projects) or general fund transfers from the electric fund. We are lowering the amount transferred to the general fund and giving it to a private company. I want people to understand how much money we are talking about. Q. P. and Rick are correct. This is insanity. Oh, in Delaware Rick it is that Frisker car whatever the name of it is.

  5. “Instead we give it away to a private company. Am I the only one who has a problem with this?”

    You guys are the ones who started the whole idea of privatizing everything. You made your bed, now lie in it.

  6. Interestingly enough, what started me blogging was opposition to selling SR1 and I95 to a private company. You make interesting assumptions.

  7. “We could enhance the city parks with splash pads, skate parks, and basketball courts. We could repair the tennis courts and bring a pool into Silver Lake, $750,000. We could scholarship poor children into the city recreation programs and keep them away from gangs in the summer ”

    Are you seriously proposing to give up energy security and clean energy in order to fund midnight baskeball and tennis courts?

  8. You bet! I would much rather have another generation of children being good citizens than crucify them on the green cross of renewable energy. Put that up for a vote in my district and I bet I win 80% every time.

  9. alpha,

    What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? Do we all temporarily revert to an 18th century way of life?

    Point being, we are all for a cleaner environment. However, it all depends on how and when this achieved against other more valuable priorities.

  10. “it all depends on how and when this achieved against other more valuable priorities.”

    This attitude is why, in the not-so-distant future, we’ll all be buying green technology from China.

  11. You mean green technology produced at a polluting factory in China by workers being paid pennies. Yeah, that’ll be some victory for the ‘movement’.

    Pssst….your hypocrisy is showing.

  12. You guys are what Bill Safire meant when he spoke of the “nattering nabobs of negativism.” What happened to your Reaganite optimism? Oh yeah, Reagan ripped the solar panels off the White House and set the industry back thirty years.

  13. Hello!? We simply can’t get there via fields of solar panels and wind turbines. The physics, along with other issues of consequence, won’t allow for it. Get that through your brainwashed heads!

    In the modern world, we require energy density powering an electric grid that runs 24/7. Solar power is a secondary, if not tertiary back up.

  14. We simply can’t get there via fields of solar panels and wind turbines. The physics, along with other issues of consequence, won’t allow for it. Get that through your brainwashed heads!

    The funny thing is that if it was actually viable and in use then it could be shut down for one reason or another, whether it’s birds flying into windmills or solar panels containing lead, cadmium and nitrogen triflouride (a greenhouse gas). It’s only clean and safe as a utopian or Leftist abstraction.

    It doesn’t really have much to do with providing “clean” energy for people in reality.

  15. See: http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/03/are-your-solar-panels-toxic

    And:

    Polysilicon, which is widely used to make solar panels, is in short supply. In the rush to make it cheaply, a Chinese company reportedly is dumping toxic waste into the ground, killing wildlife and endangering human health.
    The newspaper describes green fields in the nation’s eastern central Henan Province that have turned snow white from the powdery waste of silicon tetrachloride, four tons of which result from every ton of polysilicon created. Toxic hydrogen chloride gas and acids waft from the waste.
    A dark side of solar power
    by Elsa Wenzel

  16. Mynym #16

    Those are interesting statistics. Thanks for doing the research; it seems that solar panels do indeed have a dark side that the liberals that are promoting them didn’t really want to reveal.

  17. Of course it is all a relative sense. If you dispose of the byproduct properly, you don’t have that problem. Compare it to coal, natural gas drilling, and oil drilling and the use of the three, and I think it still comes out favorably.

    I have pointed out to some fellow council people that solar is not polution free because of the process to mine and develop the raw materials, produce, transport, and dispose of old panels. It is relatively cleaner, but the notion that it is “clean” is overblown. Even funnier, is that it rarely operates at the level advertised. For us it is all about the credits, which are only important because it is forced upon us by the green regime.

  18. At least you can build the factories wherever you want, to best facilitate proper handling of the waste. Unlike oil extraction in Pennsylvania which requires you to inject the poison directly into the water supply.

  19. Nitpicker, I am assuming that we don’t just hire the officers but keep them through retirement or help the clinic one time or maintain parks once. Those are on going issues and you may not want all of them introduced at one time. There is not enough money to do it all at once.

  20. It is relatively cleaner, but the notion that it is “clean” is overblown.

    It’s interesting that the Left so easily seems to begin to attribute objective or absolute moral connotations to “clean” and green when nothing is clean or unclean in their view of the world anyway. What an odd path towards the old legalism, with unclean regulations on diet and behavior soon to emerge…

  21. Of course it is all a relative sense.

    In your mind the notion of “clean” may be entirely relative to the health and welfare of people (the best way to garden a garden, etc.) but there is a lot of evidence that to the Leftist mind it is more of an absolute and supposedly objective concept.

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