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PSC taking written opinions on plan  

If you want to tell state officials whether or not they should authorize an offshore wind farm, chances are you’ll have to take some time off work and drive to Dover.

Or you can put your thoughts in writing.

There are no evening public hearings scheduled to comment on a report calling for the rejection of a proposed offshore wind farm. Four state agencies are expected to vote on the project’s fate on Nov. 20.

The only sure way to make your opinions known is to write an e-mail or send a letter, said Bruce Burcat, executive director of the Public Service Commission. The PSC is conducting a public comment period, running through Nov. 12.

The one chance Delawareans will have to literally speak their peace will be just before the state agencies discuss, and potentially vote on the plan.

But it’s unclear whether everyone will have a chance to speak, Burcat said. He called it a “limited opportunity” for the public to speak and will depend on how many people are there and time constraints, he said.

“There’s been a tremendous opportunity for comment. There’s been transparency throughout this process,” Burcat said.

The event is Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. at Legislative Hall, in the House chambers.

All written comments will be put up on the PSC Web site, Burcat said. To submit a written comment, contact the PSC at Karen.Nickerson@state.de.us, or write to the Delaware Public Service Commission, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Cannon Building, Suite 100, Dover, DE 19904.

In March, hundreds of Delawareans attended a series of evening public hearings on the proposal to add a new generation source. The crowds in attendance were overwhelmingly in favor of Bluewater Wind’s offshore proposal as that new source.

The PSC staff later noted the public response bolstered its initial decision to get behind wind power.

By Aaron Nathans

The News Journal

4 November 2007

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