OPPOSITION: Green Delaware; Citizens for Clean Power; Sierra Club; State of Delaware
BACKGROUND: In 2006, Delmarva Power & Light Company issued a Request for Proposals for the purchase of power under long-term contracts from new generation resources to be built within the State of Delaware for the purpose of supplying power. Three bidders submitted proposals in response to the RFP: (1) Bluewater Wind, LLC (“Bluewater”) submitted multiple bids from two 600 MW proposed offshore wind projects; (2) Conectiv Energy Supply, Inc. (“Conectiv”), an affiliate of Delmarva, proposed alternative bids from a planned 177 MW natural gas-fired plant; and (3) NRG proposed multiple bids from a planned 600 MW coal-fired integrated gasification combined cycle unit at the existing Indian River power plant near Millsboro, Delaware. In 2007, the Delaware Public Service Commission chose the proposed off-shore wind farm, killing the proposed coal-fired unit.
In 2010, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara announced a consent agreement with NRG to permanently shut down three of its four coal-fired Indian River plant units. As part of the agreement, NRG was required to focus its negotiations for offshore wind turbines for the Bluewater Wind project on companies that present a significant economic development and manufacturing opportunity for Delaware. Further, NRG must develop job training programs in partnership with Delaware colleges to provide training opportunities for current employees and the local labor force for clean energy jobs including the company’s planned offshore wind park, electric vehicle infrastructure and solar technology. NRG expects to get to appropriate staffing levels without layoffs, through retirements, retraining, attrition, and redeployment.
The State claims reductions in consumer energy demand, improvements in transmission infrastructure, additional renewable energy generation will mitigate long term impact of the plant closure.
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LAST UPDATED: November 10, 2010