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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


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


DEC to Host Annual Meeting

After two years of virtual annual meetings, Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) is delighted to host an in-person event once again. The member-owned Co-op invites its members to attend the annual meeting on Tuesday, August 16th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Familiar sights and sounds of past meetings, including the much-loved chicken dinner, will be part of the festivities. In addition to gathering with Co-op employees, DEC members have a chance to visit with various community organizations and receive an update on the state of the Cooperative from President and CEO Greg


New Kent County Solar Farm Powering Co-op Homes

A new utility-scale solar farm near Hartly is now powering hundreds of homes served by Delaware Electric Cooperative. The solar farm was energized in late May and is generating enough clean energy to power 260 homes in Kent County. The project was built by Tangent Energy Solutions based in Kennett Square, PA and financed by Madison Energy Investments based in Vienna, VA. Delaware Electric Cooperative is purchasing the carbon-free energy produced at the facility at a competitive cost and delivering it to member homes, farms, and businesses. According to Co-op President and CEO Greg Starheim,


DEC Brings Home Top Honors At Gaff-n-Go Lineworker Rodeo

A team of Delaware Electric Cooperative linemen brought home top honors at the Gaff-N-Go Lineworker Rodeo held near Richmond, Va. on May 13-14. DEC’s Philip Collison, Dave Morgan and Mike Layton won a second consecutive Jimmy Gardner Award, given to the top co-op linemen team from the Mid-Atlantic. DEC apprentices Cole Baker and Jared Campbell competed in the event, with Campbell placing third in the CPR with AED competition and sixth overall. Linemen Harrison Burris, Stephen Hearn and Dale Breeding were also proud to represent DEC at the competition. Named for the spikes linemen attach to


Former Delaware Electric Cooperative CEO Receives National Honor

Former Delaware Electric Cooperative CEO Receives National Honor GREENWOOD, Del.- Former Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) President and CEO Bill Andrew has received national recognition for his two-decade-long career at DEC. Andrew received the President’s Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville in March. Andrew received the award for his leadership at DEC which resulted in innovations that helped electric cooperatives across the nation save their members money. Andrew oversaw the launch of the Co-op’s Beat the


Delaware Electric Cooperative Announces Record Reliability

GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative has announced that 2021 was its most reliable year ever. Members experienced fewer outages in 2021 and, when outages did occur, employees restored electric service in record time. The average outage in 2021 lasted 53 minutes, down from 69 minutes in 2019 — which, until 2021 — was our most reliable year. From the perspective of the average member, this may not seem like a vast improvement, but the minutes count when blizzards or hurricanes strike Delmarva. During the Jan. 3 snowstorm, 37,000 members lost power. When people are cold and the


DEC Announces New Solar Projects to Provide Clean Power to Members

GREENWOOD, Del.- Seven new utility-scale solar projects will begin providing clean energy to Delaware Electric Cooperative members over the next three years. The not-for-profit utility has announced it will purchase power produced at solar facilities to be built across Kent and Sussex Counties. The projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2024 and are part of the Co-op’s continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Solar generating facilities near Hartly in Kent County and Greenwood in Sussex County will be operational this year. Work is nearly complete on a large solar farm


64,000 DEC Members to Receive Refunds in December

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s (DEC) Board of Directors has voted to return $4 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 2010. All eligible active members will receive a


Pat Dorey Elected Chair of Delaware Electric Cooperative Board

Pat Dorey was elected as Chair of the Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) Board of Directors at the board reorganizational meeting following the Co-op’s 2021 Annual Meeting. Dorey has served on the board since 2004 and represents District 4. Dorey, a former public school teacher, retired University of Delaware assistant dean, and academic counselor at Delaware Tech, makes DEC history as the first woman to serve as Board Chair. In addition to her service to DEC, Dorey is the immediate past Chair of the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) Board of


DEC Names New President and CEO

Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) has named Greg Starheim the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenwood-based not-for-profit utility. Starheim most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Business and Industry Development at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) and will replace longtime CEO Bill Andrew. Starheim was selected by the Co-op’s Board of Directors in May to lead DEC’s 170-person workforce after a comprehensive national search. “The energy industry is currently undergoing an unprecedented transformation. The board is confident


National Search Announced for Delaware Electric Cooperative CEO

Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) announces a national search for a new Chief Executive Officer. Current President and CEO Bill Andrew will retire in July 2021. The DEC Board of Directors has retained CarterBaldwin Executive Search to assist in the identification of the next CEO. “Bill has been a tremendous leader for DEC and he leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of service to our members, staff and community,” said Board Chairman, William J. Wells. “He has led Delaware to be one of the most innovative and accomplished electric cooperatives in the country while also always placing focus


DEC To Return $8 Million to Members

GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative’s (DEC) Board of Directors has voted to return nearly $8 million in capital credits to the Cooperative’s member-owners in December. 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, you must have been a Delaware Electric Cooperative member in 2009. All eligible members will receive a credit on their December bill. Active members will not receive a check — they will be able to


DEC Board Approves Rate Decrease

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors approved a rate decrease on May 20th for all 102,000 DEC members. On June 1, rates for those served by Delaware Electric Cooperative will fall by four percent, a reduction that will save DEC’s membership $7 million per year. The rate decrease will save the average family using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity $5 per month, or $60 per year. While the Co-op’s rates have been adjusted periodically over the last decade, they remain among the lowest in the region. Co-op members save hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs, compared to the


DEC Announces Completion of Sussex Solar Farm

Delaware Electric Cooperative and Constellation have completed work to nearly double the size of the Co-op’s Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm in Sussex County. Seventeen acres of new solar panels began producing clean, renewable energy for DEC members in early January. Constellation, an Exelon company, built the 4.2 MW addition to the Cooperative’s Sussex County solar farm. More than 10,000 solar panels were installed over the past several months – the expanded portion of the solar farm is expected to produce enough energy to power 400 Cooperative homes. The Co-op has agreed to purchase the energy