Delaware officials do not want state residents to cover the costs of a transmission line that will largely provide electricity to New Jersey.

And they are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to force Delaware customers to pay for most of the $272 million cost.

The transmission line would connect the Artificial Island nuclear complex in New Jersey to the state.

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One of the largest solar farms on the East Coast is set to be located in Somerset County.

The Somerset County has approved the plans by a Canadian firm to building a farms that will produce 150 megawatts of power just south of Princess Anne.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the first phase of the project will set to begin in May of this year and will generate 75 megawatts of power.

Meanwhile, in Northampton County officials halted the plans for a large solar farm.


Demonstrators took to the streets in Middletown to protest the proposed natural gas power plant that would generate electricity for the 228-thousand square-foot Middletown Technology Center.

Some carried red and white signs that that read residents against the power plant.

Don Nardy, an electrical engineer and local resident, told the Wilmington News Journal that it sounded like the power plant was designed to sell electricity.

He also feared it would cause air pollution in a highly populated area.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A possible constitutional challenge is looming for a new law that suspends reviews of Dominion Virginia Power's rates for several years.

The Virginia Committee for Fair Utility Rates, a group consisting of large industrial customers of Dominion, filed papers with state regulators last month indicating it plans to file an appeal with the Virginia Supreme Court over questions of whether the law violates the Virginia Constitution.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State regulators have ordered Dominion Virginia Power to refund $19.7 million to customers.

The State Corporation Commission ruled Monday that Dominion customers paid too much in 2013 and 2014. The commission reached that conclusion during its regular biennial review of Dominion's earnings.

Dominion said in a statement that it disagrees with the SCC's finding but will credit customer bills as ordered.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia attorney general's office says the state's largest power company should drop plans to build a third reactor at its North Anna nuclear power plant.
While Dominion Virginia Power contends it hasn't committed to building the third reactor, it is on pace to spend nearly $2 billion on the potential power source by the end of 2018.

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are urging members to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption between 3 and 6 this afternoon.

With the high temperatures the utilities want people to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances during that time.

In addition, they are recommending that members adjust their thermostats a few degrees higher during that time.

The utilities say this will reduce the cost of electricity since during these high use periods the price of electricity goes up substantially.


SURRY, Va. (AP) - The nuclear reactors at Dominion Virginia Power's Surry County plant have been shut down to repair water leaks.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the first unit was taken offline over the weekend for planned maintenance on its coolant pumps.

The second unit was deactivated Monday after failed attempts to repair a spray valve that's part of its coolant system. Both units began operating in the early 1970s.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that allows Virginia's two largest electric utilities to bypass regular base rate reviews for several years.

The governor signed the bill Tuesday saying it would be a "net positive" for Virginia. McAuliffe also signed an executive order directing various state agencies to ensure the implementation of parts of the new law aimed at increasing solar energy production and providing aid to low-income electric users.

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Eastern Shore Solar LLC is hoping to build a solar power farm on nearly a thousand acres near Oak Hall in Accomack County.

The company has applied for a permit from County Planning Development.

If approved the project would generate around 80 megawatts of electricity using ground-mounted solar panels.

This would be the equivalent of a small power plant.

A hearing on the facility is set for December 10th at the Metompkin Elementary School in Parksley.

Delmarva Power Upgrades in Worcester County

Sep 24, 2014
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Delmarva Power is embarking on a project this fall that would rebuild a 9 mile, 69-thousand volt transmission line in Worcester County.

The $43 million project also involves 6 new miles of electric distribution lines and is aimed at improving the reliability of service in the county.

Between October and May of next year the overhead portion will run from its substation in Berlin to the Culver substation west of Ocean City near Route 50.  

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Delaware’s Public Service Commission says Delmarva Power should roll back some its plans for reliability investments.

The power company has said it was planning to spend $397 million over the five years to upgrade its infrastructure.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the PSC staff believes this could be achieved with a lower investment.

In May of last year the Commission began an investigation into whether Delmarva Power’s plans fit the needs of its customers.  

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GREENWOOD, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Electric Cooperative is increasing supply rates for the first time in six years.

WXDE-FM reports that the co-op's board voted unanimously to approve the increase on Wednesday night. The co-op serves 84,000 customers in Kent and Sussex counties.

The increase raises supply charges on customer bills from 1.56 cents per kilowatt hour to 2.4 cents per kwh. The increase in summer rates means an extra $8.40 on the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.

Delmarva Power

Apr 4, 2014
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Delmarva Power is getting a $15.1 million rate increase from the Delaware Public Service Commission.

The vote was 4-to-0.

That gives the company a profit margin of 9.7 percent.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it is still not clear what the increase will mean for individual customers.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking Delaware utility regulators to open a docket on the company's proposal for a long-term rate plan.

Delmarva Power last week proposed a plan that would set rates through 2017.

The plan would replace a pending rate case Delmarva Power filed in March. Both plans were to be discussed at Tuesday's Public Service Commission meeting in Dover.


The city of Newark has been able to lock in long-term electric rates for its largest long term consumer of electricity.

The town council has approved a 15-year contract with the University of Delaware.

WDEL reports that the city expects to get at least $300-thousand a year in sub-inventory funding from the school which will go into the town’s general fund.

That money will be credited to UD’s delivery charges which are expected to be a minimum of $2.6 million a year under the agreement.