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Lauren Irby

Office: (302)-349-3132

Cell: (302)-258-3579

Email: lirby@delaware.coop

 


DEC Prepares for Youth Tour 2023

While warmer weather feels very far away, it won’t be long before school is out for the season, and what better way to spend a week of your summer vacation than with DEC in Washington D.C.? Current high school juniors will soon be able to apply to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour from June 19 - June 23. In previous years, students have visited our national monuments, learned about the energy industry, met with lawmakers, networked with peers from across the country and took part in other exciting activities. According to DEC manager of

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Line Crews Aid Co-ops After Winter Storms

Delaware Electric Cooperative crews spent the Christmas weekend helping to restore power to electric co-op members in Virginia and New Hampshire. DEC employees answered Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) call for help – on Christmas Eve morning more than 8,000 SEC members were still in the dark. Operations supervisor Steve Huffman accompanied linemen Shane Payne, Dave Morgan, Jake Hudson, and Dale Breeding to Virginia. After restoring power to all Southside Electric members, the DEC team assisted New Hampshire Electric Cooperative in their restoration efforts. At the height of the winter

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DEC Breaks Reliability Record!

Three decades of energy infrastructure investments have paid off for Delaware Electric Cooperative. We are proud to announce 2022 was our most reliable year ever. Cooperative members are losing power less often and, when the power does go out, DEC employees are restoring service in record time. DEC reduced the number of outages per member by 20 percent in 2022 when compared to 2021. On average, Co-op employees were also able to restore power five minutes faster in 2022. According to DEC president and CEO Rob Book, “We know that every minute counts when members lose power and our DEC family has

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DEC Lineworker Makes a Brave Rescue

In the early-morning hours of Dec. 22, Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) Hot Bucket Crew Chief Ben Salisbury was responding to a power outage when he came across an overturned vehicle outside of Greenwood. Immediately, Salisbury pulled over and called DEC dispatchers asking them to call 911. Salisbury then approached the car, where he found a young woman – upset but conscious – trapped in the driver’s seat. With some effort and the young woman’s help, Salisbury was able to free her from the car and escorted her to the safety of his bucket truck. Within minutes of removing the woman from the

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2023 Scholarship Program Announced

It’s no secret that going to college can be expensive — that’s why applying for scholarships is so important. While you might not traditionally think to look to your local Co-op for help in this arena, if you are served by one from Virginia, Maryland or Delaware, think again! High school students graduating in the spring of 2023 with plans to continue their education in the fall are eligible to apply for the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) Education Scholarship. This scholarship was created to help students starting their first semester at a two or

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New Museum Exhibit Explains DEC's Past

Electricity and agriculture may – at first glance – appear to be two entirely unrelated industries, but the pair shares a history dating back as far as Depression-era America. This lesser-known history is currently being brought to light in a new DEC-sponsored exhibit at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover. The exhibit, “Then One Day the Lights Came On,” tells how rural Delaware was electrified in the 1930s as part of the development of the Rural Electrification Association (REA). Delaware farmers were able to start the Delaware Rural Electric Association in 1936 to bring electricity to

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Lower Your Winter Heating Costs

Winter months often bring the highest energy bills of the year. By being proactive about saving energy, you can increase the comfort of your home and reduce monthly bills. To save energy, we recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees (or lower) when you are home. Every degree you lower your thermostat can lower your bill by three percent. Next, button up your home. Air leaks account for 24% to 40% of the energy used for heating and cooling a home. Caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors is another simple, cost-effective way to increase comfort and save energy. Next, open

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DEC’s Hope For The New Year

Happy New Year from your Delaware Electric Cooperative family! We wish that this year brings our members good health and happiness. In 2023, we also hope the First State is able to avoid any major winter storms, hurricanes or other severe weather events that can cause power outages. While we’ll keep our fingers crossed for Mother Nature to be kind to us, our dedicated team will do what it always does: plan, monitor and be prepared for weather events that can wreak havoc on our poles, power lines and equipment. In 2023, our lineworkers and engineers will install even more advanced automated

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65,000 Delaware Electric Cooperative Members to Receive Refunds in December

GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative’s (DEC) board of directors has voted to return more than $5 million in capital credits to the Cooperative’s member-owners in December. DEC expects to distribute checks or billing credits to more than 65,000 members this holiday season. Capital credit refunds are also known as the Co-op’s profits, or margins. Because DEC is a not-for-profit utility, margins are returned to those the Cooperative serves. To receive a billing credit from DEC, individuals must have been a Delaware Electric Cooperative member in 1991, 1992 or 2010. All eligible active

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DEC Announces December Billing Credits

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has voted to return more than $5 million in capital credits to the Cooperative’s member-owners in December. DEC expects to distribute checks or billing credits to more than 64,000 members this holiday season. Capital credit refunds are also known as the Co-op’s profits or margins. Because DEC is a not-for-profit utility, margins are returned to the people the Cooperative serves. To receive a billing credit from the Cooperative, individuals must have been a Delaware Electric Cooperative member in 1991, 1992 or 2010. All eligible active members

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Keep Your Pets Warm This Winter Season!

We don’t know about you, but at DEC we consider our four-legged companions part of the family. We know others feel this way, too. That’s why during the winter months, we make sure our whole Co-op family, including our four-legged members, are cozy–without taking a big “bite” out of our budget. This month, we’d like to share a few simple ways you can make your home more comfortable this winter, which can ultimately help you save on energy bills. At the onset of the cold weather season, replace the HVAC filter for better air quality and to help the unit operate more efficiently. You can also

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Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cups canola oil ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups granulated sugar 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 10 ounces Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips chopped in half Instructions 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. 2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside. 3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the oil, cocoa, and sugar together for 3-4 minutes. 4. Add eggs, one-at-a-time, mixing well after

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Rob Book Named DEC’s CEO

Your Co-op has named Rob Book its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Book was selected for the top job by the Co-op’s board of directors in November. He previously served as the Senior Vice President of Member Services at the Greenwood-based Co-op and brings more than two decades of utility experience to the job. “For more than 20 years I have been honored to serve members in various roles at the Co-op — I’ve also been proud to call the 170 DEC employees I work with family. What we do at DEC is special. Every day we’re focused on how we can provide affordable, reliable and sustainable

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Rob Book Named CEO of Delaware Electric Cooperative

GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) has named Rob Book acting president and chief executive officer. Book was selected for the top job by the Co-op’s board of directors in November. He previously served as the senior vice president of member services at the Greenwood-based Co-op and brings more than two decades of utility experience to the job. Book takes the reins of the Co-op from Greg Starheim, who will continue to serve as a senior advisor to DEC until the end of January 2023. “For more than 20 years, I have been honored to serve members in various roles at the Co-op — I

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New Sussex County Substation to Improve Reliability for Delaware Electric Cooperative Members

Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) has completed construction on a new substation in Sussex County that will improve reliability for its members. The Dorey Substation was energized in late October and will provide power to approximately 2,100 homes in the Georgetown area for decades. Located along Zoar Road, the facility was built to keep up with growing energy demand in eastern Sussex County. DEC is connecting electrical service to thousands of new homes and businesses each year in Sussex County. In 2021, the Co-op connected service to 4,114 homes — most of the new services were in Sussex

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