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Wind Continued from page 1 sultant so that the legislators would have all the facts about the project. The PSC and representatives of four state agencies, the Office of Management and Budget, the Controller General, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Energy Office, oversaw nego- tiations for the wind farm and were expected to vote on a pro- posed power purchase agreement between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power. But, state Controller General Russ Larson asked to delay the Dec. 18 vote on the proposal, because members of the Legislature had reservations about the cost of the project. Schwartzkopf said Larson got mixed messages from assembly leadership, which had not been conferring with members of the assembly, out of session in December. "He had direction the previous week, and that direction changed the day before the vote. He got mixed messages about the vote, especially with the proposal to include Delaware Electric Co- op in cost-sharing," Schawartzkopf said. "I want to give the controller general credit because he went in there with mixed messages. When he asked for a delay, he saved the project for another day, and I'm grateful CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 17 for that," he said. "Leadership hasn't called meet- ings to see what we think," Schwartzkopf said. In an email sent to House and Senate members, he asked that fellow assembly members request leadership hold meetings with representatives and senators and the PSC's independent consultant. The assembly needs to have all its questions about Bluewater's pro- posal answered and then go to its leadership and express its opin- ions there, Schwartzkopf said. But Markel says Delawareans must be told why the state agen- cies decided to shelve the project. "Any agency head not prepared to accept the power purchase agree- ment must answer this question: Legislators seek approval of Bluewater contract In line with Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf's call for meetings with legislators, former Chairman of the House Energy Committee Rep. Robert Valihura Jr., R-Delaware North, and Senate Minority Whip Liane M. Sorenson, R-Yorklyn, on Monday, Jan. 7, announced that they will introduce a House Concurrent Resolution calling on the controller general to approve the pending contract with Bluewater Wind with certain amendments. If passed, the resolution would have the force of law and would require the controller general to take action to vote with the three agencies - the Public Service Commission, the Energy Office and the Budget Office - to approve the pending contract between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power. what new evidence has come forth that leads us to believe the power purchase agreement is not the best possible outcome of the process anticipated and directed by legislators in passing H.B. 6 in the first place?" Markell wrote. Bluewater's planned project is the best option for the state, fitting all the criteria of House Bill 6, the law that called for stable-priced energy generated in-state, said Markell. legislators and the four offi- cials responsible for the project's fate must answer to the public and explain why the proposal was not approved, said Markell. In response to calls from Delmarva Power to consider onshore wind, Schwartzkopf said he rejects the idea. With many states instituting renewable energy quotas and a limited supply of onshore suppliers, the cost of the product would soar, he said. "If we focus only on low price and price stability, both of which are important, we're still missing the ball; we're missing what we're trying to do here," he said. An offshore wind farm would bring jobs and revenue, such as tourist dollars, to the state, he said. "We don't need to go through a bunch of other hearings like Sen. McDowell is calling for. We've already done that and we don't need to do it again. What we need is a chance to talk to somebody about the project and our ques- tions and then we need to go to our leadership and express our opin- ions there. That hasn't been done yet," said Schwartzkopf. Sen. Harris McDowell HI, D- Wilmington North, was asked by senate leaders to study various options for affordable and envi- ronmentally sensitive energy options. Environmentalist groups in favor of the wind farm are also working to set up meetings with the leaders of each majority cau- cus. They hope to have the meet- ings by the end of January, said Nicholas DiPasquale of Delaware Audubon Society. Contact Leah Hoenen at leah @ capegazette, com. Obituaries Continued from page 16 ily will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro. Interment with military honors will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Quantico (Va.) National Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Tom's memory to Dry Dock, PO Box 562, Nassau, DE 19969. Agnes C. Larsen, retired secretary Agnes Catherine Larsen, 90, of Millsboro, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at the Harrison House Nursing Home in Georgetown. She was born in Chicago, II1., daughter to the late Connor and Andrea Jacobson Olsen. She was a retired secretary. Along with her parents, Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Larsen; daughter, Catherine J. Larsen; brothers, A1, Tom and Ken; and her sister, Betty. She is survived by her daugh- ter, Joyce Anne Edgens and her husband Clarence A. Edgens III; a brother, Paul and his wife Gladys; a sister, Vera; two grand- children, Timothy Edgens and Clarence A. Edgens IV; and a great-granddaughter, Kylie Edgens. A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 7, at Lewes Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Bethesda Cemetery in Southern Pines, N.C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Agnes's memory to Sussex County, PO Box 625, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Long Neck. Grace E. Hodson Sr., former Lewes resident Grace Elaine McCullough Hodson Sr., 55, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Florida. She was born and raised in National Park, N.J. She worked at Independence Chemical for over 20 years. She was the wife of the late Albert J. Hodson, also of Gloucester City, N.J., where they lived for over 27 years and raised five children together. She is survived by one son, George T. Bowe (Char); four daughters, Tina Dick (Mike), Stacey Callahan (Patrick), Nellie May Hodson (Chris), and Grace Hodson Jr. (Troy). She had 19 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren; three brothers, Thomas (Linda), Robert (Tina), and Michael McCullough (Nancy); and four sisters, her twin, Rita Unitis (Dan), who was "one minute" younger, Betty Lou Ritchie (Bud), Patricia Allen (Jack), and Theresa Mora (Dave). She is also survived by her com- panion of eight years, Charles Welsh, and her little buddy, Amy. She retired to Lewes, dedicating her time to helping others through the American Legion Post 17. She received an award for helping the elderly and a letter of recognition for providing essentials to the sol- diers in Iraq. She had just recently moved to Ocala, Fla., to be closer to her family. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at St. Mary's Church in Gloucester City, where she was a parishioner. Friends and family are welcome. Arrangements by Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla, Fla. Under lmdll Ikm hint lVamk Iw mw 7  For more informaOon ploase call 11-800-404-70801 or visit www.dswa.com 302.947.1585 p i i i i tom i  mime liD I'IHARD OFF I OFF I I any regular priced I I any regular carpet I I vinyl I I with padding I (with this oupon - explru 1/'21/08) (with this coupon- ezplres 1/21/0) E.- imm m m m m m .JI E- ml m m m m ml -II AREA RUGS 50% OFF 13 FT. WIDTH VINYL AVAILABLE BERBER SALE - $1.99 SQ. FT. 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