Archive for May, 2012

Say you’re a Delmarva Power customer-chances are, you are-and you’re annoyed energy costs are going up-which they are-then you will be pleased to know you are going to be paying a tad bit extra for the privilege of utilities.

The News Journal is reporting that Delmarva Power customers should expect a 67-cent surcharge on their utility bills.  It will be 61 cents in July, according to the article. The goal is to collect nearly $446,000 in July and $505,000 in August to fund the building of a Bloom Energy generating station in Newark this year, and then they will collect more money for a station in New Castle next year.

William Nelson, an analyst with the Bloomberg New Energy Finance, says Bloom’s contract with Delmarva and the state already has Delmarva customers paying about a third more than they otherwise would to satisfy Delmarva’s renewable purchase requirements.

We have written extensively at CRI about Bloom’s Fuel Cell technology. We have warned Delawareans and politicians in Dover that the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology Bloom is pushing on the state is A) more expensive than they are claiming, and B) Not as green as they claim it is. You can read a blog post from Lindsay Leveen on this Bloom problem here:


Leveen is no fool when it comes to environmental policy. He has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, and he has testified in front of the US Senate as an expert on fuel cells before.  His bio is here: http://bit.ly/L0wBKP.

We at CRI want to make it clear we are not opposed to renewable energy, as some of our detractors claim. In fact, we are unequivocally for clean, affordable technology that reduces dependance on foreign energy and can keep our environment clean to boot. We are opposed to government subsidies of this technology in place of the private sector’s research and development, especially when we can prove this Fuel Cell technology IS NOT EFFICIENT, and is also more expensive.

The fact that Bloom’s technology is not going to work as they claim is of no concern to them, and apparently it is of no concern to the state government. Rather, they rely on “feeling good” about “caring” for the environment, and in their world, the ends justify the means. Simply put, as long as their intentions are righteous and for all that is good, whether or not the fuel cells will actually cause more pollution (884 pounds of Co2 per fuel cell per megawatt hour), or will raise the price of energy on poor and middle-class Delawareans is of no concern to them. Bear in mind the biggest advocates for this technology without a public hearing of its efficiency,cleanliness and/or value to the state are often upper-middle class and upper-class folks whose good intentions are more important than the actual truth of the matter. If they have to pay a little extra in taxes for “clean” air, so be it. If you can’t afford it? Well, they just want what’s best for everybody.

Read the original article: http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012305310022&nclick_check=1

Read about our energy policy here: http://caesarrodney.org/index.cfm?ref=30100&ref3=11

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We here at the Caesar Rodney Institute will be revamping our online presence which includes an updated web design, increased activity on our blog, more frequent posts on Facebook, YouTube videos, and a new Twitter account.

Social media is a driving force in today’s political world and in order to spread our free-market and limited government message, the internet has to be put to better use.

Expect to see increased activity on all of our online media accounts.  Feel free to comment on everything that is posted and share with everyone you know!


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This is from the Institute for Energy Research. The purpose of the testimony is to raise awareness for a potential economic turnaround if America’s natural resources were allowed to be fully developed. Of course, not much will change if healthcare costs and taxes continue to rise, but if costs go down and energy is made more available, we would be in a better position today.

IER’s Mary Hutzler Targets Senseless Federal Energy Policies

IER Distinguished Senior Fellow and former acting EIA administrator Mary Hutzler will testify on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 10:00AM before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The hearing will focus on “American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of North America’s Energy Resources”. Hutzler’s testimony will evaluate North America’s vast energy resources and assail the federal energy policies that continue to deny access to those resources and stifle economic growth and job creation. Highlights from the testimony include:

“The United States has more combined oil, coal, and natural gas resources than any other country on the planet. As we used these energy resources over the past 50 years, not only did we grow our economy and improve our quality of life, but we improved our air quality as well.”

“We are energy rich, not poor . . . The real question is whether the federal government will permit us to have access to our abundant energy resources, not whether sufficient resources exist.”

“Increased energy production promotes jobs, government revenues from taxes and lease sales, and increased economic activity.”

“The reason for the boom in both oil and natural gas production in the United States today is that our oil and gas industry was able to revolutionize drilling and production from shale formations by combining hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technology . . . When combined with the incredible advances in computer interpretative capabilities, an energy miracle is afoot.”

“Lower energy prices benefit the entire economy, but especially the economically disadvantaged and those on fixed incomes. Expanded energy production resulting in lower prices is thus a benefit to society. The increase in hydraulic fracturing, however, has led to attacks on natural gas production. Many special interest groups have launched anti-hydraulic fracturing campaigns, claiming that is a new, dangerous technology that contaminates groundwater. But the reality is far different.”

“The Keystone XL pipeline would not only move Canadian oil but it would also help to move oil from areas in the United States where it is land-locked, such as shale oil production in North Dakota and crude oil stored at Cushing, Oklahoma . . . . The U.S. government has delayed, denied and delayed again its approval.”

“Developing oil and natural gas production on federal lands is becoming more difficult and time consuming. As a result, oil production is decreasing in the federally-controlled offshore areas and Alaska, but increasing on state and privately-controlled onshore areas.”

“If more oil is not allowed to be produced soon from Alaska, the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System, one of North America’s most valuable energy assets, will be at risk. The pipeline, which once delivered 2.1 million barrels of oil per day to the West Coast, now has sufficient underutilized capacity to accommodate twice the amount of oil that is currently being produced in North Dakota, the second largest oil producing state in the Union.  There is no lack of oil in Alaska or off its coasts; the problem is that government policies stand in the way of additional oil production in Alaska.”

“As technology continues to advance, coal-fired power plants will become even cleaner and air quality will continue to improve . . . An irony of our current regulatory policy may be that China will ultimately become the world’s supplier of the most advanced clean coal plants, despite the U.S. coal resource base which dwarfs their own.”

to see the presentation, visit http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/


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               The Caesar Rodney Institute, Delaware’s preeminent non-partisan economic think tank, has announced a change of direction with the announcement of Samuel Friedman as the new Communications Coordinator for the Institute.

                Mr. Friedman graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. While there, he worked for the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, a nationally recognized poll that has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, and the New York Times, among other places. Prior to working for the Caesar Rodney Institute, he worked at Topaz Partners, a boutique PR agency in Boston that served clients in online marketing, software, and computer security markets.

                The hiring of Mr. Friedman indicates the organization is seeking to move  towards providing new digital content and reorganizing how they reach out to residents concerned about the issues impacting their state. The Institute is now seeking to integrate video reporting as part of its social media channels to boost YouTube and e-mail subscribers and awareness of issues affecting the state. The objective of the reporting to is to report on issues of concern to the Delaware community, and put more emphasis on personal participation within the system.

If you would like to reach out to the Caesar Rodney Institute, visit caesarrodney.org, or call (302) 734-2700.

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