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Delaware's Cape Region TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 www.capegazette.com Deal struck on offshore windpower Bluewater, Delmarva pact paves way for turbines off Rehoboth By Leah Hoenen leah@capegazette.com A wind farm that could produce up to 600 megawatts of electricity could soon be built off the coast of Rehoboth Beach. In a compromise deal, Delmarva Power will buy less wind power than originally planned, and Bluewater Wind has an an- chor contract on which to begin construc- tion of its offshore wind farm. Bluewater Wind spokesman ]ira Lanard called the deal terrific, and Bluewater Wind President Peter Mandelstam thanked the citizen and environmentalist groups that supported the company's bid. Sen. Anthony DeLuca, D-Varlano, said going forward to seek the approval of state agencies and the Legislature, there are two parties that have reached an agreement and are standing together be- hind it. Gary Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power, said the deal marked the beginning of a healing process. He said his company's onshore wind bids en- abled, in part, the offshore deal and pro- vided a rounded portfolio. The deal by which Delmarva Power would purchase 200 megawatts of power from the offshore wind farm is an anchor contract that will enable the project to grow, said Hunter Armistead, head of the energy division of Babcock and Brown, Bluewater Wind's parent company. That is about half what Delmarva Power would have purchased by the proposed power purchase agreement. Representatives of four state agencies tabled a vote on that contract in December. Continued on page 14 A SOLEMN TRIBUTE FOR AFALLEN PA00EDIC FULL-HONORS VIEWING, FUNERAL EXTOL STEPHANIE CALLAWAY PARKS & SHADE Rehoboth commission says Hickman Street couple may removetrees plo PAWS FOR CELEBRATION - Safe Haven breaks ground on project to help animals Ps SUSSEX COUNTY Given the nod by planning and zoning, land-use plan now in hands of county council PS ENVIRONMENT Hearing set June 26 to address request for new, lined fly-ash landfill at IR power plant 3 INDEX Classifieds 38 Community Calendar 20 Garden & Farm 22 Health & Fitness 28 Obituaries 16 School & Education 25 Sports & Outdoors 34 Weather/Tides 51 "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance;' IIIIt1!!1!1!111!1!!11!!1111100 50 Cents