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The surcharge for Bloom Energy and its fuel cells will get a separate line on Delmarva Power’s electric bills.

The Delaware Public Service Commission was urged to do so by lawmakers

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Bloom opposed the listing arguing that it was being singled out.

But, supporters countered that the company has only hired 224 or the 900 they had promised by 2017 after receiving public funds.

The News Journal reports that Delmarva Power will have to buy fuel cells from the company.


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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are mulling a request from state lawmakers to require Delmarva Power to give customers more information about their electric bills.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Public Service Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal by lawmakers to require more transparency on electric bills regarding the costs of legislatively-mandated initiatives such as renewable energy portfolio standards, and the qualified fuel cell provider project aimed at helping Bloom Energy.

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The Delaware department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be reissuing a permit to allow Bloom Energy to consumer more than natural gas than originally anticipated for its electrical project.

Officials say that they forgot to update the permit as the project grew larger at a Delmarva Power substation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Bloom project has been challenged by local residents who said the fuel-cell maker’s products are not as efficiently as promised.         

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A lawsuit has been filed against Bloom Energy and Pepco Holdings the parent company of Delmarva Power by a man who says the 30-megawatt fuel-cell project at two substations in New Castle County emits more pollution than allowed under its state permits.

The state of Delaware requires a surcharge for renewable energy sources, resulting in Delmarva Power customers paying an extra $3.67 to $5.98 a in recent months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that on June 23rd William Whipple III filed suit noting that the units exceed the expected heat rate.

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Bloom Energy formally opened its Delaware factory in Newark.

Company and state leaders called it a starting point for the next generation of manufacturing in the state that has seen its old factories disappear.

Bloom CEO K R Sridhar noted that traditional manufacturing jobs that make cars or steel are disappearing.

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Governor Jack Markell told a group of Delaware taxpayers last night in Lewes that he would not suspend the prevailing-wage laws or back out of incentive agreements with companies like Bloom Energy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that improving the education system will boost the labor pool for local businesses.

Republican Jeff Cragg is taking aim at Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s signature jobs investments in his bid to oust the Democrat this November.

Cragg called the millions offered to Fisker Automotive and Bloom Energy…a heavy weight on the states’ recovery.

He told the Wilmington News Journal…that the investments have not created any new net job growth.

And the Republican gubernatorial hopeful said that Markell had focused too much attention on large businesses.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer is suing over Delaware's efforts to help another company establish a fuel cell manufacturing industry in Delaware.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Wilmington by FuelCell Energy Inc. and Delaware resident John Nichols. It accuses Delaware officials of economic protectionism and discrimination in cozying up to California-based Bloom Energy.

Bloom Energy is building a manufacturing facility at a former Chrysler plant in Newark with $16 million in state incentives.


The future of Delaware's 'green' industrial technology now rests on the site where tanks, cars and S.U.V.'S were once manufactured.

This week, California-based Bloom Energy began the groundbreaking process for its' 200,000 square-foot, fuel-cell plant, making Newark's former Chrysler assembly plant a thing of the past.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell said the event brought the site full circle.


      NEWARK, Del. (AP) - California fuel cell maker Bloom Energy is breaking ground on its new plant in Newark.

     The (Wilmington) News Journal ( ) reports that company officials also plans to announce new East Coast business for the plant at Monday's groundbreaking.