Last week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 7, the Delaware Energy Planning Act, by a vote of 13-6-2. All Republicans voted against the bill because they hate the environment and want the entire state to fall into the Atlantic Ocean. The bill was sent to the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee and was released from that committee yesterday. It is now in the House Appropriations Committee.
First created by the Delaware General Assembly in 2003, the State Energy Office is housed in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Climate, Coastal and Energy Division, where it currently acts as a central repository and clearinghouse for data and information on energy resources and energy policy in Delaware.
Sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Hansen in May, Senate Bill 7 would expand that role to also include a focus on modernizing our electric grid with additional planning and coordination responsibilities that support clean energy, clean transportation, emerging technologies and energy efficiency. The addition of five new staff positions will be accomplished by reallocating vacant positions already existing within state government.
|SENATE BILL 7 – DELAWARE ENERGY PLANNING ACT||Currrent Status – Senate Passed 13-6-2. House Appropriations Committee 6/13/23|
|House Sponsors – Heffernan, Baumbach, Griffith, Lambert, Longhurst, Phillips||Senate Sponsors – Hansen, Paradee, Sturgeon, Townsend, Hoffner, Huxtable, Lockman, Mantzavinos, McBride, Sokola|
|House Yes Votes –||Senate Yes Votes – Brown Gay Hansen Hoffner Huxtable Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh|
|House No Votes –||Senate No Votes – Buckson Hocker Lawson Pettyjohn Richardon Wilson|
|House Absents or Not Voting –||Senate Absent or Not Voting – Poore, McBride|
“Growing the State Energy Office to meet our future needs can be accomplished within the framework of the budget that the Governor recommended in January,” said Sen. Hansen, chair of the Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee. “I want to thank him, the Office of Management and Budget and the Joint Finance Committee for working to get this done so we can take the next critical step needed to holistically direct Delaware’s overall energy portfolio.”