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As offshore wind advances, an implosion fate awaits South Jersey power plant’s cooling tower

The cooling tower at the former B.L. England Power Station in Cape May County  will come down in an implosion slated for  Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Delmarva Power sister company Atlantic City Electric several years ago  sold  the coal and fuel oil-powered generating plant to a non-utility  operator.  Beasley's Point Development Group gave the go-ahead for asbestos removal and demolition work...

Goodwill of Delaware now collecting plastic film that can be used to make Trex decks

Three independent Goodwill organizations serving Delaware and Delaware County, PA, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia, today formed a partnership with Trex to collect plastic film that will be used in Trex composite decking products. Trex is the world's largest composite decking company, offering a outdoor products that include fencing, furniture, and pergolas made from 95% recycled...

State offers heads up on natural gas rate spike

The Office of Delaware Public Advocate is warning consumers and small businesses about big natural gas rate increases. Natural gas prices continue to increase and are up nearly 60 percent year to date. This is largely due to increased U.S. demand and the ongoing energy crisis in Europe. According to the Energy Information Administration, about 42 percent of Delaware households...

Delaware gets nearly $76 million in federal clean water funding

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $75.8 million Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to Delaware for water infrastructure improvements.   EPA awarded seven grants to Delaware for infrastructure projects in local communities that protect public health and restore water quality. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) allocates more than $50 billion to EPA toward repairing the nation’s essential water infrastructure. The...

Report: Inland Bays key economic driver in coastal Sussex

According to a recent report, Delaware's inland bays generate more than $4.5 billion in economic activity. The report from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program calculated that the bays support over 35,000 jobs with 89 percent of the economic activity and 94 percent of the jobs in Sussex...

My view: Solar net metering is kinda complicated

One of the advantages of setting up a solar panel system at your business or home is something known as "net metering." Simply stated, it allows a customer to be paid for excess solar-powered electricity that is fed back into the grid.Net metering sounds like a no-brainer, but as we found out in Sussex County, change is difficult.While getting paid...

Protecting water while harvesting sunshine

Researchers say stormwater from solar fields needs careful management By Whitney Pipkin, Bay Journal News Service Solar panels are going up across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help states reach their renewable energy targets. But, while working to achieve climate-related goals, solar fields have the potential to generate water pollution — through increased stormwater runoff. And, until recently, little work was being done to...

Two federal cabinet members in town for hydrogen roundtable

Two Biden Administration cabinet secretaries were in Newark for a roundtable discussion on clean hydrogen technology. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, along with Delaware’s congressional delegation and representatives from companies in Delaware, were on hand for the discussion. Hydrogen is viewed as a way to move away from fossil fuels, especially when...

DART First State gets $11 million from feds to expand zero-emission bus fleet

The Federal Transit Administration awarded the Delaware Transit Corporation $11 million from the Low-No Program to move its transit fleet to zero emissions buses. The agency has now received more than $22 million through five separate federal grants to support the purchase of alternative-fueled buses. DTC, which operates under the DART First State name, will use this funding to purchase...

DNREC to hold workshop, public hearing for Seaford biogas plant permits

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a virtual community workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 28 regarding a controversial proposal by Bioenergy Devco (BDC) to expand its existing composting facility in Seaford to make organic waste into natural gas. The project has divided the environmental community, with some saying it addresses issues related to chicken litter generated by the broiler...

Plans announced for an increased number of vehicle charging stations

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources announced plans to locate 11 multi-car, fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations along major travel routes. It will be followed by an expansion of EV charging stations into communities over the next five years. It's part of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law initiative to expand charging across the country. Under an initial plan...

Bloom loss widens as annual revenue moves toward $1 billion mark

Bloom Energy Corp. reported a wider loss in the second quarter and the first half of this year. The figures were in line with loss estimates from Zacks Investment Research. Bloom has never posted a profit. Bloom's stock price was down by 1.5% on Tuesday. Bloom's share price has been rising due to demand for its products and the possible passage...

DNREC announces pilot solar installation program for low, moderate income households

Low- to moderate-income homeowners who qualify will be help with the cost of installing solar panels through a new two-year pilot program from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. DNREC’s Low- to Moderate-Income Solar Pilot Program plans to test future expansion of residential solar systems into lower income residents who are not as able to...

Former gambling boat newest vessel sunk off Delaware coast.

The  Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control sunk the Texas Star, originally outfitted as a floating casino, at a reef site 16.5 miles offshore of the Delaware coast at a depth of 86 feet. Built in 1977 on a multi-purpose supply ship hull, the Texas Star was last worked as a commercial scallop catcher/processor vessel. It sunk into an...

Delaware Attorney General says Supreme Court pollution decision a ‘gut punch’

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings released the following statement criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency that struck down further regulate power plant emissions. “The Supreme Court’s ruling is the latest in a dangerous, disgraceful pattern of decisions that risk the health of our neighbors, of our state, and now the very fate of...