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.