A proposed bill dealing with green energy drew opposition from Rep. Rich Collins, R-Millsboro.

Proposed green energy bill could mean higher power bills

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

A piece of proposed legislation that would give the Delaware Public Service Commission more power over the sources of energy in the First State is drawing fire from a state representative. The legislation, which popped up in a recent energy stakeholders meeting, would support Delaware’s Climate Action Plan. It does not yet have a sponsor attached. “They’re pushing forward with …

Wilmington has increased its water/sewer rates by 5.7%. (Pixabay photo from Unsplash)

Wilmington water bills going up. And up. And up. And up.

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

Wilmington in July increased its water/sewer rates for its customers in the city and the suburbs. And it’s planning to increase them in 2024. And 2025. And 2026. “Water/sewer rates increased on July 1 by 5.7% for all categories of our customers (city and non-city),” said John Rago, deputy chief of staff for Mayor Mike Purzycki. “The projected increases for …

Delmarva Power said the average residential customers will see their overall electric bill increase 9.91% or $12.47 a month.” (Photo by Pol Rie on Pexels)

Delmarva Power residential electricity bills up 9.91%

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

Delmarva Power’s electricity rate  for Delaware went up June 1, the company said, and “the average residential customers will see their overall electric bill increase 9.91% or $12.47 a month.” The new rates – there are 16 of them on a flier distributed with the latest bill – were approved the state Public Service Commission, it said. The flier also …

Nicholas Doherty, energy office

Senate committee moves along energy office bill

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

A Senate committee has pushed along a bill that would expand the powers of the State Energy Office, but delayed hearing a bill that would restrict DNREC’s powers over electric vehicles. The Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee voted Tuesday to send Senate Bill 7 to the Senate Finance Committee for further vetting. While Senate committees do not take votes …

Artesian Water has filed for a rate increase. (Kaboompics photo on Pexels)

Artesian asks to raises rates; average bill would go up 7%

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

The Artesian Water Co., which supplies water to over a third of Delaware’s residents, has filed a request to increase rates. If the Delaware Public Service Commission approves the proposal, the bill for the average residential customer using 4,000 gallons per month would increase $49.90 to $56.73. That’s not quite 7% higher. The application to the PSC asks to increase …

Veolia has filed for a rate increase for New Castle County water customers. (Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash)

Veolia work would raise average monthly bill $4.51

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

Veolia on Thursday filed a $43 million infrastructure plan with the Delaware Public Service Commission. If the commission grants the request in full, the average residential water bill for Veolia customers in New Castle County would go up $4.51 per month. With additional infrastructure investments on the horizon, the company, which serves more than 100,000 Delawareans, has also proposed a …

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Veolia surprises customers with credit in water bills

Ken MammarellaBusiness, Headlines

A mega-deal among two large French companies that operate a lot of local water systems has resulted in a one-time credit for Delaware customers and a bunch of other commitments. Veolia’s merger with Suez had to go through various regulatory agencies, including the Delaware Public Service Commission, which approved the credit in November and ordered Veolia to include it in …