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Delaware, Maryland praise transmission line cost decision

March 1, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) — 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.

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

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.

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.

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