by James DeChene
An extension has been granted for those seeking to provide comment on the complaint filed by the Public Service Commissions of Delaware and Maryland against PJM Interconnection and the PJM Transmission Owners regarding the manner in which costs will be allocated for a new transmission project, Artificial Island. PJM proposes to allocate over 90% of the costs for the new project to ratepayers in Delaware and Maryland, raising the transmission portion of our electricity bills by 20 to 25 percent to solve a problem the ratepayers of Delaware and Maryland did not cause.
At issue here is the way in which PJM calculates who bears the cost of projects like these. Factors such as project size and scope, as well as the reason for the project, such as line stability or easing congestions are also taken into consideration. The filed complaint seeks PJM to reconsider how the allocation is to be applied in an effort to reduce Delaware’s responsibility and to help mitigate the hit to residential and industrial rate payers.
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Manufacturing Association will be weighing in, and urge any interested companies to join them in doing so. There is no cost, and the effort consists of writing a letter supporting the Delaware and Maryland PSC position. For more information on how to file, contact James DeChene at 302-5786-6560, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.