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State Senate passes bill that could pull plug on Artificial Island project

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Delaware Public Media
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Legislation passed Tuesday in the Delaware Senate could impact an energy project that may raise electricity bills for Delmarva Power ratepayers.

PJM Interconnection wants to finish a project that runs a transmission line from New Jersey’s Artificial Island to Delaware.

Sen. Harris McDowell (D-Wilmington North)  says the legislation gives the commission the authority to review a project before allowing a company to go ahead with it in the state.

“Currently there are no qualifications defined for the commission to assess the impact of a project of this nature will have on Delaware citizens,” said McDowell.

State officials have complained that ratepayers here could bear most of the cost of the PJM project while New Jersey would see most of the benefit.

The measure, which now goes to the governor, requires utility companies to get a certificate from the Delaware Public Service Commission to operate in the state.

The Delaware House passed the proposal last year.

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