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Jl,| 1 24 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 lr Delmarva Power legislati-00e hotline sp ks controversy By Leah Hoenen Cape Gazette staff Delmarva Power has a .hotline that employees and their friends and families can call. It gives them talking points opposing off- shore wind energy and then patch- es them into Legislative Hall. The hotline has drawn critics who charge it has Delmarva Power ratepayers subsidizing the compa- ny's efforts to strike down plans for an offshore wind farm. Delmarva Power says it's a service for employees and that the company does not find out" which employees call in. Company shareholders and Delmarva Power are footing the bill for the service, said Bill Yingling, Delmarva Power spokesman. He said employees were given the toll- free number through meetings and emails. Those who call in must give the operator their names and zip codes to be matched against a database of registered voters before being given information about the Bluewater Wind's pro- posed 'offshore wind park and about on-shore wind, a resource Delmarva Power favors. In December, four state agen- cies tabled a proposed contract between Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind for a 150-turbine wind farm off Rehoboth Beach, due to concerns within the legisla- ture about the cost of the project. Delmarva Power, which has been opposed to the offshore project because of cost, sought bids for on-shore wind, which Delmarva Power says can be obtained at half the cost of offshore wind power. John Flaherty, of Wilmington- based Coalition to Protect Our Environment, called the hotline and said he was given talking points outlining Delmarva Power's reasons for opposing the project. "Companies do this all the time. There's notl long as you claim," sa Delmarva F do that, he ,. "I mainta Flaherty. Universit sor Jeremy panies mus correct info mation isn' certainly ring wrong with it as can substantiate your id Flaherty. The )wer hotline could not aid. n this is wrong," said ' of Delaware profes- irestone agreed com- provide callers with mation. "If the infor- accurate, then there's to object to," he said. "They put the 1 investigate their accusations and lous," said Flaher hotline and said whom he spoke give him support the points on the At the end of t said he was direct Hall. Yingling said mrden on me to wild and crazy that is ridicu- :y. He called the the l:erson with was unable to ng evidence for ;cript. le call, Flaherty d to Legislative the hotline is entirely voluntary and that Delmarva Power has no idea what its employees say to their legisla- tors. "We find our employees are very interested and very active," said Yingling. Company shareholders and Delmarva Power am footing the bill for the hofline, not ratepayers, said Yingling. Contact Leah Hoenen at leah @capegazette.com. School board may vote on rezoning April 17 The Cape Henlopen school board will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at Rehoboth Elementary School. The board has listed Rehoboth rezoning as a tentative voting item for the. special meeting. The City of Rehoboth Beach wants to rezone the property on which Rehoboth Elementary School sits to educational/residential. Attorneys for the school board and the city were to meet and draft a compromise by which the school district, should it decide in the future to abandon the site, would retain a percentage of the property to sell in order to keep some equity, and the city would keep the rest to preserve as open space. Shorts Marine $21,245 $10,295 CtaGt a les ...... great in In Rt. 24, Rehoboth Beach 100 yards from Coastal Hwy, 302-64,4-9006 www.newkitchensrehoboth.com 0 en 10 a.m. to 4 pm., 5 days a week, Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 pm.