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Keeping Indian River power plant open leads to higher bills for Milford electric utility customers

Thanks in large part to the cost of keeping the coal-fired NRG Indian River Power plant open, the city of Milford  is raising  electric rates. The rate hike will impact all electric customers and will result in a 6.2% increase in electric bills for the average household and small business accounts in Milford. This power cost increase is  largely due to...

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...

Kent County transportation study cites need to preserve industrial sites with rail access

The Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization has approved the final document for the Rail Corridor Industrial Land Use Study. The study points the need to keep property with the potential for rail access available for industrial development. Linda Parkowski, Executive Director of the Kent Economic Partnership and Choose Central Delaware, said, “The Rail Study will bring awareness of...

Sussex mailing out surveys for commercial properties as part of reassessment

Sussex County’s property reassessment effort is moving to another phase with business properties. The county this month will issue commercial valuation surveys to nearly 4,500 business properties throughout the county as part of the ongoing reassessment process. The surveys are for commercial property and business owners only, to provide important information about each parcel’s activities, which will then...

Dining notes update: CS Brazilian to open Saturday in mall area: Updates on Rosenfield’s, Grotto Pizza, Summer House, Bonchon

CS Brazilian Steakhouse is slated to open Saturday near Christiana Mall. The dining spot moved from a location in the Newark Shopping Center to the long-vacant former Don Pablo's near the mall. CS will open at 11 a.m. each day. It will be interesting to see if a lunch menu emerges. Over the years, CS (the full name is...

WSFS adds to lead in bank market share

An analysis of an annual report from Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. shows Wilmington-based WSFS Bank extending its Delaware market share lead over M&T Bank. WSFS now has a 23% market share, based on deposits from "full service" banks. According to FDIC reports, WSFS moved ahead of M&T in 2019, about a decade after the Buffalo-based financial institution acquired...

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...

Severe drought continues in portion of coastal Sussex

A federal map shows that a severe drought continues in a portion of Sussex County, despite rain earlier in the week. The severe designation covers an area along the coast and across the bay includes the Cape May area. While the area is known for the beach and rapid development, it still has a lot of agricultural land. A larger portion...

Delaware Symphony, musicians union sign labor agreement

The Delaware Symphony Association and members of American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 21 — the musicians who perform with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) — unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) renewal. The new agreement will be in force until August 31, 2025. "The positive experience of these negotiations represents nothing less than a historic...

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 take: More drastic measures needed to combat wave of traffic deaths

From time to time, Delaware Business Now runs a sampling of the rankings that make their way to us via  Email pitches. Such was the case over the weekend. The one area that stood out in the weekend  post  came in the number of traffic deaths compiled by the insurance quote side of the financial information site Lending Tree. Delaware ranks second from...

Delaware Monkeypox case total rises to 33

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) confirmed the current case count for monkeypox (MPX) in the state is 33, including 22 cases in New Castle County, two cases in Kent County, and nine cases in Sussex County. Delaware continues to offer vaccinations to people at a higher risk of exposure. The Delaware Division of Public Health and...

Food and drink; 50th anniversary for Dover’s Roma; Nicola’s next step, Taco Festival;

Dover's Roma Italian Restaurant marked its 50th anniversary this week in an event hosted by the Central Delaware  Chamber of Commerce. Giuseppe Garramone moved from Italy to New York with $8.25 in his pocket and after working 16 years as a chef opened a pizzeria at what is now the location of the restaurant.  The elder Garramone died in 2020. In 1999,...

Young businesses can now apply for state EDGE grants

Young Delaware companies in need of funding to help expand their business can apply to compete for an Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) grant from the Division of Small Business. The division will be accepting EDGE grant applications through September 30 from promising early-stage businesses throughout Delaware. Businesses that are less than five years old and employ no more than 10 employees are...

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...