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Issue Position: Wind Power - Energy Crisis Solution

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Wind Powered Generation of energy is rapidly taking center stage in the search for a clean, renewable source of energy production. It offers an environmentally friendly renewable source of generation and it is not dependent on fuel consumption to generate energy.

House Bill 6 required Delmarva Power to submit a Request For Proposals (RFP) to build or acquire energy-generating capacities. The first two considerations for successful bidding proposals in HB 6 are "price stability" and "environmental improvement". At the Delmarva Power Generation RFP workshop hosted by the Public Service Commission that I attended on 8/18/06 in Dover these primary considerations were discussed at length. Testimony and subsequent comments on the topic reinforces the reality that Wind Power is the technology that offers the most environmentally friendly and economically stable source of energy generation to address our future needs. Unlike the Coal-fired gasification proposals, wind power requires neither disposal of byproducts in its process nor use of fuels that are subject to wild market fluctuations and finite supply. Testimony and subsequent comments on the topic reinforced the reality that Wind Power is the technology that offers the most environmentally friendly and economically stable source to address our future energy needs.

It appears that Bluewater Wind LLC is poised to make a serious, long-term commitment in the RFP process and build a wind powered generating facility. Their efforts to supply a stable, renewable, cost effective source of energy merits support of the public and our legislature. Wind Power technology offers all the advantages we seek to stabilize energy costs and wean us from resource consumption.


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