Senate Bill 250 is intended to advance sustainable energy goals and initiatives in Delaware and to restore Delaware as a leader in renewable, sustainable energy.
The Renewable Portfolio Standard was instituted by the state in 2005, and it cultivates a market for utilities in Delaware to require a set percentage of their retail electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind each year. These utilities are able to purchase credits from producers who have used renewable energy sources or they can generate electricity from renewable energy sources themselves.
The newly proposed legislation would require Delaware’s regulated utilities to increase its portfolio standard to 40% by 2035. This goal will be achieved in part by creating incentives for cities and towns to opt-in and invest in building new solar power generating facilities. This section of the legislation will be known as the Community Sustainable Energy Authorities Act that will encourage localities across the First State to create their own fund to develop new solar facilities that will be able to sell Community Solar Renewable Energy Credits and dedicate the revenue generated from them towards lowering utility cost for ratepayers in their communities.
Blue Delaware joined with 37 other varied organizations, businesses and faith communities to urge the General Assembly leadership and Governor Carney to bring this bill to the floor for consideration in this session of the General Assembly. Here is our letter to Governor Carney, Speaker Schwartzkopf and Senator McBride:SOL-
Dustyn Thompson from the Sierra Club Delaware Chapter tells us that there will be a public comment meeting this Saturday, June 20 from 10:30 – 1:00. It will take place in the main conference room at the Del Tech Wilmington Campus at 300 Orange Street in Wilmington. There is space for roughly 49 people to attend in person. The chairs are six feet apart and you have to answer a bunch of questions before being allowed to enter. For those that can’t make it, or would not like to attend in person, you can join in Zoom.
If you’d like to attend and/or offer testimony, you need to email SB250_PublicComment@delaware.gov and James.Berryhill@state.de.us to let them know you want to attend in person and that you would like to speak. You also want to email Mr. Berryhill if you plan on joining the Zoom and would like to speak. When you do email to register, please provide the following information:
1. The attendee’s full name, address, date of birth, and best contact number.
2. The name of the organization that the attendee is representing
3. Whether or not the attendee wishes to speak.
4. If the attendee wishes to join the meeting virtually or physically.
WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Laid on the Table but awaits further action in the Senate as of 6/10/2020
DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Townsend, Osienski, Griffith, Heffernan, Seigfried, Brown, Ennis, Lockman, McBride, Sokola, Sturgeon, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Chukwuocha, Jaques, K.Johnson, Kowalko
REPUBLICAN SPONSORS –
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