Doing What's Best for Our Members

Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) is a unique utility and our business model is strikingly different from investor-owned utilities. Our only goal is to do what’s best for our members.

DEC was formed in 1936 by a group of farmers in southern Delaware. The major utilities at the time wouldn’t invest the capital to expand the electrical infrastructure to rural areas, so farmers formed a non-profit utility and financed rural electrification themselves. DEC has changed a lot since the 1930s, but we are still member-owned.

Any profits or margins we post are returned to those we serve and every decision that’s made is in the best interest of our members.

We hope you are as proud to be a Co-op member as we are to serve you!

Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, located in Glen Allen, Virginia. ODEC is an electrical generation and transmission cooperative, which provides power to 11 electric cooperatives in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. ODEC has partial ownership of several power plants in Virginia and Maryland and provides electric to 1.2 million people.

ODEC is owned by Delaware Electric Cooperative and the other 10 electric cooperatives it serves. The organization was formed in 1948 and continues to help cooperatives provide efficient and low-cost energy to their members. DEC provides members power from a variety of sources, including coal, nuclear, natural gas, landfill gas, wind and solar. Currently, about seven percent of our energy comes from renewable sources. For more information on our wholesale power provider, please visit

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