Rob Book Named CEO of Delaware Electric Coop

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative has selected Rob Book as it’s acting president and CEO. Book has been with the Co-op for over two decades and will take over from Greg Starheim, who will continue as a senior advisor to DEC until the end of January. Book was instrumental in launching the co-op’s nationally recognized Beat…

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Improvements Coming to Delaware Electric Cooperative Service

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If you’re a Delaware Electric Cooperative customer, you’ll soon experience improved reliability of service. DEC has completed construction on a new substation in Sussex County. The Dorey Substation, which was energized in late October, will provide power to about 2100 homes in the Georgetown area for decades. The facility will be a big help due…

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Del. Electric Co-op, Choptank Issue Beat the Peak Alert for Today (Wed.), 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Soaring temperatures and humidity levels have led Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative to issue a Beat the Peak Alert for today (Wednesday). According to DEC, members are asked to conserve electricity during times when the cost to purchase and produce power is high. Members are asked to postpone use of washers, dryers and…

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Hail Pelts Parts Of Delmarva

photo courtesy of Delaware Electric Cooperative, shared on Facebook
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Monday’s threat of severe weather lived up to its billing.Portions of Delmarva, including southwestern Sussex County and the Cambridge area of Dorchester County, were pelted with hail. Hailstones ranged in size from peas to golf balls to even baseballs.Some homes and vehicles sustained significant damage.At one point, about 200 Delaware Electric Cooperative members did not…

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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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Del. Electric Co-op Sets New Record For Reliability In 2021

Co-op Crews at Work in Sussex County (photo courtesy of Delaware Electric Cooperative)
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Delaware Electric Cooperative had its most reliable year ever in 2021. The member-owned utility said Wednesday that through the year there were fewer outages, and those that occurred were restored efficiently. The average outage in 2021 lasted 53 minutes, down from the previous best of 69 minutes in 2019. According to the Co-op, careful planning…

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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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Driver Charged With DUI After Crashing Into Pole

A car crashed into a pole in the Long Neck area over the weekend, and the driver was charged with DUI (phot courtesy of Indian River Volunteer Fire Company)
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A 28-year-old Millsboro man is charged with DUI after crashing into a utility pole on John J. Williams Highway near Plaza Drive in the Long Neck area. The accident occurred Saturday night. According to Delaware State Police, the driver was not hurt, but a Delaware Electric Cooperative pole was knocked down. The Indian River Volunteer…

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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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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 Beat-The-Peak Alert Wed., 5-8 p.m.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative has issued a Beat-The-Peak Alert for Wednesday, December 16th between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00p.m. During these hours, members are asked to reduce electricity usage by turning off unnecessary lights, turning down the thermostat a few degrees and postponing the use of large appliances such as washers, dryers and dishwashers. Saving electricity usage…

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DEC & Choptank Issue ‘Beat The Peak’ Alerts

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As temperatures drop, Delaware Electric Cooperative has issued a Beat the Peak for Monday evening from 6 to 8pm and Tuesday morning from 6 to 8am. Choptank Electric Cooperative has issued a Beat the Peak for Monday evening from 6 to 8pm. During these times Co-op members are asked to conserve electricity usage during expected…

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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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Rehoboth Firefighters Hose Down Ruptured Gas Line

A gas leak was hosed down by Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company firefighters Thursday Nov. 5th (photo: Chuck Snyder)
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A gas leak drew a response Thursday from the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company.Thursday at about 12:30, a two-inch natural gas line was cut accidently by construction workers in the Marsh Island community off Camp Arrowhead Road.Firefighters sprayed to disperse the gas until the underground shutoff was located.Chesapeake Utilities and Delaware Electric Cooperative also responded.

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Power Outages Develop On A Blustery Day

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Utilities are responding to scattered power outages as gusty winds blow across Delmarva. Delaware Electric Cooperative was reporting more than 1,300 member outages in northeastern and north-central Sussex County as of late Monday morning. Delmarva Power was listing nearly 1,600 outages in its Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore service territories.

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Longtime Del. Electric Co-op President To Retire In ’21

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The President and CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative for more than 15 years has announced his retirement.Bill Andrew plans to step down next July, according to the Co-op, where he had worked since 1998.Andrew says it’s been an ‘extraordinary honor to serve our community,’ and says the team has transformed the not-for-profit utility into one…

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DEC, Choptank Issue Beat The Peak Alert

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High heat and high humidity… that’s a forecast leading Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative to issue a Beat The Peak Alert today between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Members are asked to conserve electricity usage by turning off unnecessary lights, setting the thermostat up a few degrees, and postponing the use of large…

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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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