Carney appoints members to wind power working group

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Wind turbine at the University of Delaware's Lewes campus.

Gov. John Carney on Friday announced appointments to the Delaware Offshore Wind Working Group.

Carney had earlier signed an executive order that authorized the group to study potential environmental and economic development benefits of offshore wind development.

“Finding ways to participate in the development of alternate energy sources is the right decision for our environment and our economy, and has the potential to create good-paying jobs,” said Carney. “The members of this working group will help us explore potential economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind development for Delaware, and determine costs and benefits for electric ratepayers across our state. Thank you to Bruce Burcat for agreeing to chair this group, and to all of those who have agreed to serve.”

The state had earlier worked with Bluewater Wind in an effort to build turbines off the coast at Rehoboth Beach. Delmarva Power had agreed to buy power from the project.

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However, falling energy prices and uncertainties over financing doomed the project.

Prices of wind-generation projects have since dropped and Maryland is moving aggressively in approving two projects off the coast near Ocean City and near the Delaware coastline.

Newly appointed members of the Offshore Wind Working Group are:

  • Bruce Burcat, Executive director, Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition, Chair
  • Senator David McBride
  • Senator Harris McDowell
  • Representative Trey Paradee
  • Representative Ronald Gray
  • Secretary Jeff Bullock, Delaware Department of State
  • Secretary Shawn Garvin, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Robert Howatt, executive director, Public Service Commission Staff
  • Drew Slater, Public Advocate
  • Albert Shields, policy director, Office of the Governor
  • Mario Giovanni, director of Energy Acquisition, Delmarva Power & Light
  • Patrick McCullar, CEO, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation
  • Mark Nielson, vice president, Staff Services, Delaware Electrical Cooperative
  • Professor Jeremy Firestone, director, Center for Carbon-free Power Integration, University of Delaware
  • Brenna Goggin, director of advocacy, Delaware Nature Society
  • Jeffrey Gordon, president, American Birding Association
  • Guy Marcozzi, CEO, Duffield Associates
  • James Maravelias, president, Delaware State AFL-CIO
  • Collin O’Mara, CEO, National Wildlife Federation

By December 15, the working group will submit a report to the Governor that makes recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry. The group also will draft any necessary legislation.

The first meeting of the Offshore Wind Working Group is scheduled for Friday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. in the Delaware Public Service Commission Hearing Room, 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Dover, DE.

All Delaware Offshore Wind Working Group meetings will be listed on the statewide calendar and are open to the public.

More information about the Offshore Wind Working Group can be found on theDNREC website.

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