xml:space="preserve">

DOVER, Del. — The governors of Delaware and Maryland are praising a federal panel's ruling in a dispute over planned cost allocations for a $278 million regional electric transmission line.

The Federal Regulatory Commission refused Thursday to grant a rehearing in the case sought by New Jersey officials and other parties.

Advertisement

The commission also adopted a cost-allocation method different from one initially chosen by regional grid operator PJM Interconnection.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislation to expand the number of schools participating in the state’s technology education program died in a Senate committee — sparking harsh criticism from the governor’s office.

As previously calculated, Delaware and Maryland utility customers would have funded more than 90 percent of the costs while receiving a fraction of the benefits. The adjusted allocation will reduce the Delmarva peninsula's share to slightly more than 10 percent.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Delaware Gov. John Carney issued statements supporting the ruling.

“The decision from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to significantly reduce future costs to just over 10 percent, is a win for both Maryland and Delaware citizens,” Hogan said.

The project calls for building a 230-kilovolt line from the Artificial Island nuclear complex in southern New Jersey to Delaware to improve system reliability.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement