Government Transparency Delaware FOIA

Transparency advocates: Update FOIA for 21st century

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Government transparency advocates say there’s no reason in 2022 that public information should be as difficult to access as it is in Delaware. “At the root of democracy in Delaware and in the United States is citizens’ access to government information — and not just access, but easy access,” said Charlie Copeland, co-director of the Caesar Rodney Institute’s Center for …

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Rehoboth’s offshore wind primer aired all sides of issue

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Whether you are a big fan of offshore wind power or you want all those turbines gone with the wind, a special meeting held by Rehoboth Beach officials offered insight into the projects and processes to create them. The four-hour meeting revolved around the three projects proposed off Delaware’s coast and ultimately functioned as an illuminating primer on the issue. …

Because the state ended its COVID leave mandate, Delaware teachers will now have to tap into their 10 sick days if they have COVID.

Teachers no longer granted 10-day COVID leave

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

For the first time since fall 2020, Delaware teachers will not be granted paid COVID-19 leave.  That means they have to use their normal sick leave if they or a family member gets sick. “The argument can be made that we’re further away from the craziness of COVID, so I get it,” said Jennifer Saunders, who’s taught in Red Clay …

Eco-friendly buses

5 lucky districts get help with new eco-friendly buses

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Bruce Ashby, transportation supervisor at Capital School District, said his office didn’t ask for state help in getting three new electric buses and one propane one. But he will be delighted to get them. Electric and propane buses are said to be more environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered ones because they release less carbon dioxide as the fuel burns. Ashby said …

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Delaware to spend $18 million on EV chargers

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s transportation department will use federal infrastructure funds to install multi-car electric vehicle chargers along major travel routes throughout the state. The move comes as part of a national effort to increase access to electric vehicle charging stations, thereby making electric vehicles a more reliable means of transportation. Delaware Department of Transportation secretary Nicole Majeski said installing charging stations in …

Emissions

Carbon emissions goals released from Senate committee

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A controversial bill setting Delaware’s goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was released from the Senate Environment and Energy Committee Wednesday and will advance to the Senate floor for a vote.  Senate Bill 305, the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act, would require Delaware to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% before 2030 and by 90% before 2050.  Opponents said the …

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Offshore wind research to begin near DE Seashore State Park

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Visitors to Delaware Seashore State Park will see an increase in research activity in the coming months, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Monday. US Wind and Ørsted, two offshore wind energy development companies, will conduct research and collect data to determine the best paths forward for their offshore wind projects. Both companies plan to update and …

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Ørsted’s Skipjack 2 offshore wind project given the green light

Charles Megginson Business, Government, Headlines, Health

Photo courtesy of Ørsted. The Maryland Public Service Commission has selected Danish multinational power company Ørsted’s Skipjack Wind 2 for a 20-year Offshore Renewable Energy Credit. Skipjack Wind 2 is an 846-megawatt offshore turbine project that aims to power approximately 250,000 homes in the Delmarva region with clean energy. Though the energy produced will mostly go to other states, Delaware …

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Federal lawsuit attempts to halt, slow all East Coast wind farm approvals

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Wind farm opponents hope a Massachusetts lawsuit will halt offshore farms. Photo by Expect Best/Pexels   If a new anti-wind farm coalition is successful with a federal lawsuit to halt an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts,  the court decision could force federal regulators to reanalyze projects across the eastern seaboard, including one off the Delmarva coast. That could halt or …