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3- 14 TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 NEWS Cape Gazette Bill Continued from pap 13 unfair economic advantage," said DiPasquale. The state has 7.5 million car- bon dioxide allowances in RGGI. Electric generators with capacity of 25 megawatts or more will have to purchase allowances for their emissions. RGGI seeks to cap carbon dioxide emissions at 188 million tons per year until 2014, after which the cap will be lowered by 2.5 percent per year, for a 10 per- cent decrease by 2018. Companies would pay for the greenhouse gasses they produce as the states gradually lower the cap. Delaware debated how much of the allowances to auction off, Deal Continued from page 1 Lanard said by the deal an- nounced Monday, Bluewater Wind could increase the size of the project up to 600 megawatts. "Now Bluewater can go out and market our wind park to other potential buyers in Delaware, Maryland or New Jersey," Lanard said, referring to the regionaliza- tion of the project spoken about by Lt. Gov. John Carney arid Sen. DeLuca. Carney said, "It's a great day for our state. Bluewater's project will create jobs, help the econo- my at a time when we need it and provide clean, renewable energy at reliable prices for years to co/he." State Treasurer lack Markell, Democrat candidate for gover- nor, said, "I'm pleased that the announcement today represents an agreement between Babcock and Brown and Delmarva, as op- posed to a state-ordered man- date." Markell said he was pleased that, as part of the deal, Delmar- va Power would not litigate be- cause legal action could have de- layed the time frame of the proj- ect. Rehoboth Beach resident Marc Weiss said, "If you go back to last fall when Delmarva Power said they'd absolutely fight this project to the death, it is a mira- cle how far we've come for them to have accepted this." "With the lack of litigation, we could be in the water, with some turbines, by 2012," Lanard said. Stockbridge said Delmarva Power addressed its concerns about the fairness of the deal to its standard-offer-service cus- tomers by working with legisla- tors to establish a possible non- bypassable surcharge that would spread the cost of wind power across all its customers. Bluewater Wind will embark on a detailed permitting process almost immediately, said Lanard. He said it would take about two years. That includes federal per- mits, including studies on the ef- fects of the wind turbines on birds. The company will also exam- ine the sea floor to determine the exact composition of the sea bed to help establish where each tur- bine will be situated. Then, Bluewater Wind will map out the placement of the cables that will run between the turbines and the onshore substation. The wind farm is planned to be more than 11 miles off the shore of Rehoboth Beach. Lanard said the companies must wait for approval by the four state agencies charged with overseeing the process of estab- lishing in-state power genera- tion. Bluewater Wind has two years to tell Delmarva Power the size of the wind farm so that company can plan for upgrades to power lines and transformers, Lanard said. "It's a real victory for the grass- roots people in Delaware. I'm so proud, being a resident ol' Re- hoboth Beach, that the people who live in the Cape region, the people who will be most directly affected by installation and oper- ation were the onds most sup- portive of it," Weiss said. H WALKING- llTldnall klo UmlD.nJklalollm ml i said Chad Tolman, energy chair- man of Sierra Club Delaware. Earlier this year, it was proposed the state should auction off 50 percent of its allowances. Bunting called the 60 percent auction a compromise. Three environmental repre- sentatives sat on the workgroup that was established to write a plan for Delaware's participation in RGGI: DiPasquale, Tolman, and Michael Fiorentino, execu- tive director of the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center of Widener University. After the workgroup issued its recommendation, they wrote a minority report disagreeing with the findings. "Putting the full cost of com- pliance on these facilities and making them responsible for the impacts of greenhouse-gas emis- sions from these sources would help level the playing field and make renewable energy tech- nologies that don't have any car- bon emissions that contribute to global warming economically competitive," said DiPasquale. Delinarva Power spokes- woman Bridget Shelton said Del- marva Power does not generate electricity in the state but would be affected by the legislation and so would its customers if the cost to generate power goes up as a result of the measure. If the price to produce power increases, so will the price Del- marva Power pays, leading to higher user rates, she said. Late Obituaries )) Thomas Stuart Brown, paper co. retiree Thomas Stuart Brown, 80, of Lewes, formerly of Weston, Conn., passed away peacefully at his residence Saturday, June 21, 2008. He was born September 24, 1927, in Brookline, Mass., son of the late Herbert .John and Mar- garet Stuart Brown. Mr. Brown was born and raised in Brookline, where he at- tended the Brookline Baptist Church. After his marriage to Barbara Ann Burbidge Brown in November 1958, he was active in Continued on page 16 LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM, BEDROOM, HOME OFFICE, YOU NAME IT, IT'S ON SALE! 'MONTHS 'SAME rAS CASH MOREl COME GET A BETTER BESCHE BUY! ON HIGHWAY 9, 4 MILES EAST OF GEORGETOWN, DE. 302-856-6365 WWW.BESCHEFURNITURE.COM