From: Kowalko, John (LegHall)
Subject: Important information
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I just want to take a moment to wish all of you a happy holiday season.
I also want to inform you of a small but significant victory for your rights to transparency and open government. The recent affirmative PSC vote, (resulting from Docket No. 13-250), to have your “Bloom” charge explicitly posted on your monthly bill is a victory for you. After 2 ½ years of meetings and workshops since my original petition for billing transparency was accepted by the PSC we now have an official ruling to include it on your bill. Although this action does not mitigate the circumstances of the fact that ratepayers are subsidizing a private business it may encourage you and others to seek relief from your elected representatives and the Administration. For more info or particulars do not hesitate to call me at 302 547 9351,
We, as public officials, owe a complete, open and honest transparency to all Delawareans especially when we are spending their hard-earned money. Transparency and openness guarantees a public awareness to our actions and is arguably one of the most effective ways to gain public confidence in government actions. In June of 2013 I, along with Senators Lawson and Simpson, filed a petition with the Public Service Commission to have DP&L expand their billing transparency by listing more line items on the individual monthly bills. Two and one-half years later I am pleased to inform all of you that certain charges that have not been readily available or easily calculable will appear on the monthly bill of Delmarva electric customers. The additional surcharge for subsidizing the “Bloom” fuel cell business imposed upon the ratepayers will be specifically and individually calculated for DP&L ratepayers and appear on your monthly bill as a line item/amount. This number has grown substantially from what the General Assembly members were initially led to believe and were told would be the maximum monthly cost borne by them. It is in the best interest of the public to be given an unredacted total of the cost imposed on them to support a private business venture that offers no possible return on investment or benefit to those ratepayers. Although the action by the PSC does not cancel the arrangement with Bloom it is a victory, of sorts, for the ratepayers allowing them to see exactly how much money they (and commercial users) are involuntarily sacrificing to benefit a non-public corporation. Transparency and openness are the only true ways to measure government’s effectiveness or lack of effectiveness because the public will be equipped with a certainty of knowledge to judge their leaders. You can visit the PSC website for further details as listed under Docket No. 13-250 and listen to the Jensen show WDEL podcast where I discussed the decision.
Representative John Kowalko