Under the proposed arrangement, Chesapeake Utilities will install three gas-fired generating units with a capacity of approximately 9.5 MW at the Seaford power plant. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year and will be completed in the summer of 2001. The installed cost of the units is estimated at $8-9 million. Chesapeake will also assist the City of Seaford in the conversion of several existing oil-fired generating units that can be economically converted to operate on either gas or oil. The City of Seaford will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the power plant, including the units owned by Chesapeake. Power produced by Chesapeake’s generators will be available for sale on the open market, and to Seaford as a backup to the City’s own generators and existing power supply agreements.
WASHINGTON—The Edison Electric Institute recently reported early estimates of the amounts of certain chemicals released by the electric utility industry in 1999. The estimates, which cover the top six substances reported by utilities this year under the federal Toxics Release Inventory, suggest that overall utility TRI releases in 1999 are likely to be roughly the same as those reported for 1998.