Delmarva supports onshore windpower alternative

March 26, 2008 9:02:21 AM PDT
Area utilities say they believe other wind power companies would be able to sell electricity in Delaware more cheaply than the offshore wind farm proposed by Bluewater Wind. Delmarva Power, the Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative in Virginia announced Tuesday they're looking at bids from onshore wind power developers.

Officials say they hope to submit the bids to the Public Service Commission in June.

Delmarva Power president Gary Stockbridge believes savings from the onshore wind plan could total $50 million per year. The utilities say onshore wind power can be ready sooner and will cost customers less.

Bluewater Wind officials say Delmarva Power is looking at unrealistically low bids that probably include hidden costs.