Direct Energy Supports Wilmington’s Ronald McDonald House

August 17, 2016 - On Wednesday evening, several Direct Energy Super Heroes and employees delivered “Lightning Bolt” Ice Cream to show their support for the seriously or chronically ill or injured children receiving medical treatments at local area hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House staff. (more)

Department of State Accepting Comments on Regulations until October 1st

Dover, DE (August 8, 2016) – The Delaware Department of State held three public hearings last week, one in each county, as part of Governor Jack Markell’s effort to modify or eliminate regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome. Members of the public are still encouraged to submit comments online until October 1, 2016. Department of State agencies with regulations subject to review include:

• Human Relations Commission
• Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
• Division of Arts
• State Banking Commissioner
• Boards and Commissions of the Division of Professional Regulation
• Public Service Commission

The public is also invited to comment on any policies or programs within the Department of State including the Division of Archives, Division of Corporations, Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of State’s Office. Please see http://sos.delaware.gov/divisions.shtml for a complete listing of agencies associated with the Department of State. Comments can be submitted online or by sending mail to:

Regulatory Comments
Office of the Secretary
Delaware Department of State
401 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

It is extremely important that the public is involved in this process,” Secretary of State Jeff Bullock stated. “We want to hear from folks who have experienced the effect of these regulations and see how we can make the process more efficient.”

The Department of State’s regulatory review is being conducted in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (29 Del. C., Ch. 104, § 10407). This Act provides an opportunity for the Department to review regulations on the books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After October 1st, when all comments are received, the Department will consider the public’s input in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for amending or repealing regulations accordingly.

July 29, 2016 - Reminder: Department of State Announces Public Hearing Schedule for Review of Agency Regulations

Dover, DE – The Delaware Department of State would like to remind people that it will hold public hearings next week in all three counties as part of Governor Jack Markell’s effort to strengthen Delaware’s economy by modernizing and streamlining regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome, while maintaining the state’s commitment to improving public health and environmental performance.

The Department of State’s public hearings are being conducted in accordance with Regulatory Flexibility Act (29 Del. C., Ch. 104, § 10407). Agencies with regulations subject to review include:

  • Human Relations Commission
  • Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
  • Division of Arts
  • State Banking Commissioner
  • Boards and Commissions of the Division of Professional Regulation
  • Public Service Commission

The public is also invited to comment on any policies or programs within the Department of State including the Division of Archives, Division of Corporations, Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of State’s Office.

The Department’s hearings are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, 12:30pm, at the Carvel State Office Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, 12:30pm, Secretary of State’s conference room, Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901
  • Thursday, Aug 4, 2016, 12:30pm, at the Georgetown Public Library,123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947

The Regulatory Flexibility Act provides an opportunity for state agencies such as the Department of State to review regulations on their books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After formal comment, the Department will consider the input received in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for amending or repealing regulations accordingly.

“This review process provides us with the opportunity to evaluate how we can make our existing regulations more efficient,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “We look forward to receiving specific and thoughtful comments from the public and business community in this effort.”

In addition to participating in the public hearings, members of the public are also encouraged to submit comments online. Comments relative to the Regulatory Flexibility Act will be accepted through October 1, 2016.

June 28, 2016 - Direct Energy Announces a Special Supplier Offer
The State of Delaware offers customer choice to Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Cooperative customers when it comes to purchasing their energy supply. Among the over 50 suppliers, certified by the Public Service Commission to offer residential and small commercial energy supply, Direct Energy Services, LLC, has just announced several new energy supply products with special multi-year fixed price offers, including other customer benefits. The new offers are the result of the State Legislature actively seeking longer term contracts that can help save money for energy consumers.

Section 68 of Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill 160 of the 148th General Assembly created the Electricity Affordability Committee and tasked the Committee to evaluate “an opt-in electricity affordability program for residential and small business customers … based on the potential benefits derived from a combination of a multi-year fixed price per kWh offer, value added products and services to help customers better manage their overall energy bills, and other potential consumer benefits” and “to select and contract with a [Delaware Public Service Commission]-certified energy provider” if the Committee “determines that a program will offer these benefits to residential and small business customers”. Pursuant to this legislation and at the request of the Committee, the Public Service Commission issued a Request for Proposals seeking an energy provider that could offer a program meeting all of these requirements. After reviewing all of the proposals, the Committee selected Direct Energy as submitting the best offers. With the approval of the Committee, the Secretary of State entered into a contract with Direct Energy Services, LLC to move forward with offering the selected products.

The Direct Energy offering is the first of its kind to offer longer term fixed energy prices coupled with other customer benefits for residential and small commercial customers starting July 1, 2016. “Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware” means that Direct Energy Services, LLC is the only electric supplier contracted with the state to provide a designated fixed rate offer and services to residential and small commercial customers for two years. The Direct Energy offering is one more tool that customers can use to manage their electric utility bill through the use of a third party electric supplier. As innovation continues in the utility industry, customers are encouraged to research what options are available to reduce energy use and manage costs.

Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Cooperative customers can still purchase their electric supply from any of the PSC certified suppliers making offers. A full list of Certified Electric Suppliers can be found here . Customers may choose to use a certified electric supplier or remain with their utility’s standard supply rate. Any customer receiving their electric supply from a third party supplier will continue to receive a bill from their local utility (Delmarva Power or Delaware Electric Cooperative). Should a customer experience a power outage or emergency, they should call their local utility.

June 7, 2016 - Artificial Island Project Updates
There are a lot of numbers being thrown around in regards to the cost of the Artificial Island transmission project. Given that there are so many pieces to this puzzle, we thought it would be best to create a page on our website that lays out the details. As we continue our fight against the cost allocation of this project and as the project continues to evolve we will keep you updated here .

May 19, 2016 - Staff Consultant Report on SOS Procurement Approach
In April 2015, London Economics International (“LEI”) was retained by the Staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission (“PSC” or “Commission”) to undertake a review of Delmarva Power and Light Company‟s (“Delmarva”) current Standard Offer Service (“SOS”) supply procurement approach, consider potential alternative options for SOS procurement going forward, and present recommendations. This report , the final in a series of papers and presentations, lays out LEI‟s findings and recommendations. The PSC Staff is in the process of reviewing the report before deciding on next steps. Written comment period deadline extended to Aug. 31, 2016.

April 1, 2016 - April is Safe Digging Month!
The Delaware Public Service Commission proudly joins Miss Utility of Delmarva in celebrating the month of April as Safe Digging Month. Delaware’s one-call system is designed to keep people safe regardless of whether the project is big or small. When digging it is important to know what lines might lie beneath the surface. Every year tragic events occur due to unsafe digging practices. Anyone can call 811 to ask utilities to come out and mark a property before digging starts. Know what’s below, call before you dig. For more information, please visit http://www.missutilitydelmarva.com/ .

March 3, 2016 - Q&A with Commissioner Mike Karia :
How long have you lived in Delaware?
I have lived in Delaware since 1974 – so for 42 years. I came from Newark, NJ where I worked for the City of Newark. Prior to that, I was in New York City working for E.F. Hutton & Company.
What lead you to becoming a Commissioner?
I have worked for the City of Dover for 25 years as Finance Director. My work also included handling Electric and Water rate studies and, for a few years, customer service as well. I also worked on public and legislative aspects of rates. So, when Governor Jack Markell’s office called me for this assignment, as a Public Service Commissioner, I was very excited. It was a perfect match between the needs of this assignment and my deep and wide hands on experience. I felt as if this was my cup of tea.
If you could meet any person who would it be?
That person would definitely be Gandhi. His passion for all people and his message of non-violence are very commanding. He was funny, as well. He led millions of people not only towards independence but also towards a better life. We studied his biography as a text book during my second year of college in India, and that has left a very deep impression on my mind and heart.
What do you like best about being a Commissioner?
I very much enjoy working as a group with my fellow commissioners on many aspects of Delaware’s electric and water utilities and all related items that come before us. I feel very comfortable that we make very good decisions that benefit the customers and all Delawareans, thus contributing to their well-being. I also enjoy working with the people who work for the commission. They have high professional standards and they work very hard to provide us with the information we need to make decisions. Overall, being a commissioner is a good challenge that is satisfying my mind and soul.

February 12, 2016 - Q&A with Commissioner Harold Gray :
Q: How long have you lived in Delaware?
A: I’ve lived in Wilmington 40+ yrs., where I started my career as a chemist, engineer, and manager for Hercules Inc. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and received a Chemistry degree from Howard University. I later worked as an IT consultant, started a global IT company, raised money for United Way of Delaware, and then served as Director of the Economic Development office of Wilmington.
Q: What lead you to becoming a Commissioner?
A: I served three terms on the Delaware Environmental Appeals Board and became familiar with the quasi-judicial nature of state Boards and Commissions. I submitted an application to fill a vacant seat on the Public Service Commission. As Wilmington’s Economic Development Director, I also had the opportunity to work on projects with Governor Markell, his staff, and other County, State, and Federal officials. Governor Markell appointed me to the Public Service Commission in 2014. I resigned from the Environmental Appeals Board, when the State Senate confirmed my appointment to the PSC.
Q: If you could meet any person who would it be?
A: Neil Armstrong (deceased), the first man to walk on the moon. I once spent two days with Capt. Alan Bean, astronaut, lunar module pilot, and fourth man to walk on the moon’s surface. The experiences he shared were simply “out of this world.” I can only imagine what Neil Armstrong experienced in his “one small step for man...” journey.
Q: What do you like best about being a Commissioner?
A: I am proud to have been appointed to the position. The scope of challenges with utilities, technology, economics, safety, reliability, security, infrastructure, and other state and federal integration is sometimes daunting. The best part of the Commissioner’s role is the need for continuous learning and analysis. The topics, technologies, and challenges brought to the Commission are dynamic, require diligence and constant interaction with staff, Commissioners from other states, the DE Public Advocate, Legislators, and rate payers whose public interest we are responsible to protect.

February 9, 2016 - INVITATION TO BID :
The State of Delaware, Delaware Public Service Commission ("PSC"), seeks assistance from qualified firms or individuals ("offerors") to provide professional public utility consulting services regarding an application filed by Chesapeake Utilities Corporation ("Chesapeake") which requests a general increase in natural gas rates (PSC Docket No. 15-1734). This request for proposals ("RFP") is issued pursuant to 29 Del. C. §§ 6981 and 6982(b)

The successful offerors will be required to assist in the evaluation of cost of service and rate design study; rate base, revenue requirement, revenues, expenses, and other general rate case issues; capital structure, cost of capital, cost of equity, and overall rate of return issues. Also, the services needed include providing advice and guidance and acting as an expert resource to the PSC Staff. In summary, offerors will be expected to provide a range of services in the areas specified which would normally be provided by the staff of a larger state utility regulatory commission in the proceeding of a similar matter to its conclusion. Please review the RFP in its entirety for a more thorough review of the background and scope of services sought by the PSC by visiting the State of Delaware’s procurement website located at www.bids.delaware.gov and by searching for the RFP entitled "Public Utility Consulting Services for a General Increase in Natural Gas Rates." The RFP is also available by visiting the PSC’s website page located at www.depsc.delaware.gov/rfp.shtml . Paper copies of this RFP will not be available.

Interested qualified professionals are encouraged to apply for consideration. To be considered, all proposals should be sent (preferably via electronic email) to psc@state.de.us in either Microsoft Word or PDF format with the words "Bid Enclosed – Contract No. STA16120PSCCUCRATE" in the subject line. Alternatively, proposals may also be submitted with one paper copy and one electronic copy on CD, DVD media disk, or USB memory drive. All properly sealed and marked proposals must be sent to the PSC and received no later than 4:00 PM (Local Time) on February 23, 2016. Proposals may be delivered by Express Delivery (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.), U.S. Mail, or by hand delivery to: Jason R. Smith, Public Utilities Analyst, Delaware Public Service Commission, 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 100, Dover, DE 19904. Applicants are directed to clearly print "BID ENCLOSED" and "CONTRACT NO. STA16120PSCCUCRATE" on the outside of the bid submission package.

The PSC will base its selection of professionals on a weighted average of criteria that will be used to rank applicants under consideration. The criteria will be: (1) Demonstrated ability to understand and perform the tasks in an expeditious and professional manner and understand the description of the work product to be produced; (2) demonstrated knowledge and understanding of public utility regulatory proceedings of a similar nature; (3) quality of the staffing plan, qualifications, and past experience of the personnel assigned to work on the project, and the specific approach proposed for the project, including the time requirements for different phases of the project, if any, and the presence or absence of the briefing of PSC Staff at the conclusion of the proceedings; (4) total price of the proposal and its components; (5) responses and recommendations of the offerors’ listed references; (6) prior experience of the PSC with the offerors’ work product; and (7) overall impression of the offerors from the form of the proposal and from services previously performed for the PSC, if any.

Based upon this criteria, the PSC shall determine all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications to perform the required services. The PSC shall then interview at least one of the qualified offerors. The PSC may negotiate with one of the offerors without terminating negotiations with another offeror and may negotiate with one or more offerors during the same period. At any point in the negotiation process, the PSC may, at its discretion, terminate negotiations with any or all of the offerors. The PSC may require the offeror with whom it is negotiating to execute a truth-in-negotiation certificate stating the wage rates and other factual unit costs supporting the compensation are accurate, complete, and current at the time of contracting. Pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 6986, the PSC may award a contract for a particular professional service to two or more offerors if the PSC makes a determination that such an award is in the best interest of the State of Delaware.

February 8, 2016 - Q&A with Commissioner Joann Conaway :
Q: How long have you lived in Delaware?
A: I have lived in Delaware for all of my 74 years. I grew up in Wilmington's 9th Ward, attended Christ Our King grade school and Ursuline Academy for High School. Then, I went on to Goldey Beacom for college. I got married in 1960, moved to Bridgeville, DE in 1967, and now live outside of Georgetown, DE. I was a stay at home mom for 25 years, then trained and coordinated volunteers for Delaware Hospice Southern Division, and then I became a Realtor.
Q: What led you to becoming a Commissioner?
A: I was asked to serve as a Commissioner by Governor Ruth Ann Minner. I accepted the invitation and the rest is history.
Q: If you could meet any person who would it be?
A: I would love to meet the Pope.
Q: What do you like best about being a Commissioner?
A: The best part of being a Commissioner is serving the people of Delaware.

January 29, 2016 - Invitation To Provide Proposals
Sealed proposals for the following will be received by the Delaware Public Service Commission, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 100, Cannon Building, Dover, Delaware, 19904 on behalf of the Electricity Affordability Committee until 4:30 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016 and thereafter shall be publicly opened, read and recorded:

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS SEEKING TO CONTRACT WITH THE STATE TO OFFER AN OPT-IN ELECTRIC SUPPLY PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS DERIVED FROM A COMBINATION OF A MULTI-YEAR FIXED PRICE PER KWH OFFER, VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO HELP CUSTOMER BETTER MANAGE THEIR OVERALL ENERGY BILLS, AND OTHER POTENTIAL CONSUMER BENEFITS.

The Electricity Affordability Committee (“EAC”) is seeking proposals from qualified electric supply companies to provide a contracted beneficial offering to Delaware customers seeking to purchase electric supply under Delaware’s customer choice program. Vendor will be required to contract with the State to provide a multi-year fixed price per KWh electric supply and other benefits which the company believes will provide value to their customers. The successful vendor will be expected to implement their proposed program in 90 days and to coordinate such implementation with the Delaware Public Service Commission.

Request for proposals is available on http://www.bids.delaware.gov/ and http://depsc.delaware.gov/rfp.shtml . A copy can be picked up at 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 100, Cannon Building, Dover, Delaware 19904 or requests for a copy to be mailed can be obtained by calling (302) 736-7500 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The cost for a copy of this request for proposals is $.10 per page.

The Electricity Affordability Committee may extend the time or change the location for the opening of bids from that described above. The EAC will provide no fewer than five calendar days’ notice of any changes by certified mail to those bidders who requested copies of the Request for Proposal.

January 29, 2016 - Q&A with Commission Chair, Dallas Winslow :
Q: How long have you lived in Delaware?
A: I was born and raised in Delaware, a proud graduate of Brandywine High School, Dickinson College, and Duquesne University School of Law. I have practiced law in Delaware since 1972 serving at one time or another as a Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Public Defender, New Castle County Attorney, and in the private practice of law.
Q: What led you to becoming a Commissioner?
A: As a Delaware State Senator, I became aware of the Public Service Commission’s work through being the co-prime sponsor of Delaware's electricity restructuring law. I never expected to be serving as a Commissioner, but my constituents decided that I needed a change of employment. After my electoral loss, Governor Minner was kind enough to appoint me to the Commission in 2005 and the Senate thankfully consented.
Q: If you could meet any person who would it be?
A: Bill Gates
Q: What do you like best about being a Commissioner?
A: Being a commissioner is one of the most challenging and interesting jobs I have ever had. The best part of the job is the interaction with the many staff members, industry members, and legal counsel who appear before us. I am constantly impressed with their integrity and expertise. They are a joy to work with and make the job of Commissioner much easier.

January 15, 2016 - NARUC and State Commissions Observe Dr. King Holiday as a National Day of Utility Service
Washington—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners continues to advance the spirit of its 2008 resolution designating Dr. Martin Luther King Day (January 16, 2016) as a Day of Utility Service and has issued the following statement:

"As service to others was a cornerstone of Dr. King's values, it is quite fitting that we continue to seek methods that serve to improve the lives of all American consumers. Our 'Anybody Can Serve, So Let's Conserve' campaign encourages all citizens to get involved in community service activities and to engage in a utility act of service in their homes and neighborhoods: turn down thermostats, weatherize homes, change to energy-efficient bulbs and install water-saving devices. These are important measures that provide long-term benefits, individually and collectively."
—NARUC President Travis Kavulla of Montana

The resolution was originally adopted at the Winter Committee Meetings in Washington, D.C., on February 20, 2008, and is located on NARUC's website .

Contact: Regina L. Davis, 202-898-9382, rdavis@naruc.org

January 7, 2016 - Rain by: Cynthia Barnett
Chairman Dallas Winslow recently finished reading Rain by Cynthia Barnett. The book is written by an award-winning environmental journalist and seeks to have the reader look at rain in a way they never did before. Chairman Winslow stated, “The book takes you back to the beginning of time describing weather conditions up until present day climate change. It explores man's reactions to rain from the unscientific days of the past to the more scientific era we're in now. It contains a plethora of interesting facts and gets you thinking about the real importance of rain and policy considerations around rain. If you read the book, you will think of rain differently.” Please share any books that you’d like to recommend for the Commissioners. Suggestions can be emailed to Heather Contant at heather.contant@state.de.us .

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