Delaware clips electric users to subsidize 'Bloom boxes'

Bloom Energy boxes, which are natural gas fuel-cells.

Delaware electric power customers will pay an average of $3.83 a month extra in September to subsidize the Bloom Energy gas-to-electric-power converter factory at the former Chrysler plant site in Newark, the Wilmington News-Journal reports here. The surcharge doesn't appear on Delmarva Power bills.

Will this plant pay for itself someday, or has cheap gas made Gov. Markell's attempt at creating hundreds of energy-related factory jobs and picking what he hoped would be a winner of a new industry look like a bad guess -- like the $21 mmillion plus the state invested in bankrupt Fisker electric cars?