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Surcharge to Cover Bloom Incentive Spikes

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NEWARK, Del. (AP)- For the past year, Delmarva Power customers have been paying a Bloom Energy subsidiary of about $14.5 million, an incentive to open a Newark manufacturing plant.

The average surcharge residential customers pay has grown from 67 cents to $3.83, but the monthly charge doesn't appear on their bill.

Critics say state projections suggested customers would pay far less. The governor's office says it's not fair to focus on a spike and the project has long-term benefits, including improved air quality and jobs.

Bloom says 60 people now work at the plant. Vice President Joshua Richman says the company is on track to hire 300 employees by September 2014, 600 by a year later and 900 by a year after that.


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