Del. Electric Co-op Considers Rate Increase Wed.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative residential bills could go up by about 8% under a proposal to be considered by the not-for-profit utility’s board this week. According to DEC President and CEO Greg Starheim, the member-owned utility has been paying about 60% more for the natural gas it needs to generate power since last year. This would…

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DEC Will Buy More Solar

Solar panels are being installed at the Tangent solar energy farm near Hartly. (photo shared by Delaware Electric Cooperative)
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Delaware Electric Cooperative plans to buy solar power from facilities that are being built in Sussex and Kent Counties that are slated to be completed by the end of 2024. According to DEC, a solar farm near completion in Hartly will provide power to hundreds of homes in Kent County. Pennsylvania-based Tangent Energy is building…

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Sunday Morning Power Outage – Long Neck & Angola Areas & Crash

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UPDATED – 7:40am – ALL power has been restored ================================================================= UPDATED – 5:52am – Over half of those without power have been restored – mainly in the Angola area. Just over 6300 remain without power. ================================================================= About 12,200 Delaware Electric Cooperative members are without power this morning in the Long Neck and Angola areas. Power…

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Delaware Electric Cooperative Issues a Beat the Peak for Today

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BEAT THE PEAK ALERT! The Delaware Electric Cooperative has issued a Beat the Peak for today, August 27 between 3 and 6pm. Temperatures are expected to be very warm which will have people boosting their AC during this peak time – when the co-op would be purchasing more expensive energy. You can help Beat the…

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Del. Electric Co-op Hires New President / CEO

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Delaware Electric Cooperative has a new President and CEO. Greg Starheim has been chosen by the not-for-profit utility’s board of directors to replace Bill Andrew. Starheim most recently was with the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. “I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to lead DEC. The Co-op has some of the most innovative…

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DEC Approves Rate Changes

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Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors approved rate changes on March 17th for DEC members. On April 1, rates for those served by Delaware Electric Cooperative will fall by three percent, a reduction that will save DEC’s membership $6 million per year. The rate decrease will save the average family using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity about…

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Del. Electric Co-op Returns $8-Million To Members

Co-op Senior Vice President of Member Services Rob Book and Co-op Public Relations Manager Lauren Irby Hold a Check for Members.
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Delaware Electric Cooperative is returning almost eight-million dollars in capital credits to its members. The refunds represent what would be profits, but the co-op is a not-for-profit utility so the money goes back to about 72,000 member / owners. Members since 2009 are eligible for the credit, which will appear on the December bill. “We…

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DEC, Choptank Issue Beat The Peak Alert

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Due to forecast heat and humidity, Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative have issued a Beat The Peak Alert for this afternoon between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Members of the co-ops are asked to turn the thermostat up a few degrees and to refrain from using large appliances during this time. Also, unnecessary…

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Beat The Peak Alert, Wed. July 29th

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Delaware Electric Cooperative has set Beat The Peak hours for Wednesday between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Members are asked to conserve electricity during a time of expected high demand. Possible steps include turning the thermostat up a few degrees, delaying the use of large appliances and turning off unnecessary lights.

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DEC, Choptank Issue Beat the Peak Alert

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A sweltering forecast has led Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative to issue a Beat the Peak Alert. Between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. today (Wednesday), The Co-ops are asking members to conserve electricity usage. During periods of high demand, electricity becomes more expensive to purchase. Possible steps members could take include postponing the…

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DEC Closes Lobby-Drop Box Now Located by Drive-Thru Window

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To protect the public and our employees from the possible spread of COVID-19, the DEC lobby and cashier windows closed on Monday, March 16th and will remain closed until further notice. The drive-through pay window on the north side of the building will remain open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Members can drop…

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Cement Truck Overturns, Damages Route 24 West of Millsboro

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A crash on Route 24 west of Millsboro resulted in a damaged roadway and a broken utility pole.  Delaware State Police say a cement truck overturned just after 6am near Saunders Road after the driver, 29 year old Jeff Gustin of Delmar, lost control and ended up in the ditch.  The truck slid into a…

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UPDATED: Power Outages Friday

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Fortunately power outages have been few, but the wind has been an issue for residents along the coast. Delmarva Power – RESOLVED – Bishopville – About 5 residents without power on St Martins Neck Road south of Tingle Lane.  The outage is under evaluation with estimated restoration around 10am. RESOLVED – Hebron – about 5…

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UPDATED: Scattered Power Outages on Delmarva

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There are scattered power outages in Sussex and Worcester County – Delaware Electric Cooperative – RESOLVED – About 265 without power west of Bridgeville since just before 6am – crews are on the scene. Outages are the result of accident with pole and pole broken. Estimate restoration between 8 and 10am ALL RESOLVED – Scattered outages…

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