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Delaware Utility Must Negotiate PPA from Proposed Offshore Wind Park

The Delaware Public Service Commission and three other state agencies made a landmark decision to order Delmarva Power & Light to negotiate a purchase power agreement (PPA) with Bluewater Wind LLC for what could be the nation's first offshore wind park.

Bluewater Wind has proposed a 600-megawatt (MW) wind park consisting of 200 3-MW turbines located between 11 and 17 highway miles off the Delaware coast.

"Bluewater Wind is excited about the opportunity to negotiate with Delmarva Power & Light to provide clean, renewable energy by building the nation's first offshore wind park," said Peter Mandelstam, president of Bluewater Wind. "We are optimistic that we will reach an outcome that will benefit all of Delmarva's ratepayers."

The Delaware Municipal Electricity Corporation, Inc. (DEMEC) and Bluewater Wind have already reached an agreement in which Bluewater Wind will provide stable-priced, reliable and clean power to 100,000 Delaware residents in many of the areas not served by Delmarva Power. The agreement would come into effect only if Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind are also able to come to an agreement.

The offshore wind park won the endorsement of former governors Russell Peterson and Pete du Pont, Lt. Governor John Carney, Delaware State Treasurer Jack Markell, United States Senator Tom Carper, and environmental organizations such as the Delaware Audubon Society, Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Delaware Nature Society as well as many local community groups.


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GE Introduces Digital Wind Farm that Could Boost Production 20 Percent, Re-ignites Alstom Buyout Talk

Meg Cichon, Associate Editor General Electric (GE) is pushing its wind farms to join the big data revolution with its new Digital Wind Farm, announced this week at Windpower 2015 in Orlando, Fla. amidst talk that its $15 billion offer to buy Alstom’s p...
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Bigger Wind Turbine Towers = Bigger US Development Opportunity

Meg Cichon, Associate Editor Wind energy already accounts for about 5 percent of U.S. electricity generation, which crowned the nation as the global leader in wind production late last year. There is now more than 65 gigawatts (GW) of capacit...
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Wind Energy Is Crucial in the Fight Against Climate Change, Says US Energy Secretary

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The opening general session at Windpower 2015 marked the first appearance by an U.S. energy secretary at the show, “which is surprising,” said current energy secretary Ernest Moniz, “but better late than never.”

Renewable Power Can Now Flow All Over Europe

Rachel Morison and Weixin Zha After almost two years of delays, Germany, France and their neighbors in central-western Europe connected their electricity markets on Wednesday under a system that lets prices dictate where power flows between countries. F...


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