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Delaware Electric Cooperative to Give $4.8 Million Back to Members in December

GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative’s (DEC) Board of Directors has voted to return $4.8 million in capital credits to the Cooperative’s member-owners in December. Capital credits 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 or check from the Cooperative, you must have been a Delaware Electric Cooperative member in 2002, 2003 or 2004. If a member has eligible capital credits of $100 or higher, they will receive a check. If their allocated capital credits


Scholarships Offered to Outstanding Students

2018 VMDAEC Education ScholarshipsAny high school or home school senior graduating in 2018 whose parents or guardians are consumer-members of Delaware Electric Cooperative and whose primary residence is served by the cooperative is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. For the online application and instructions, visit or The deadline to apply is February 9, 2018. Some of the requirements have changed for 2018:A letter of recommendation is not requiredThe SAT and/or ACT score MUST come from the College Board. This information can be


Delaware Electric Cooperative to Host 81st Annual Meeting and Community Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1st, 2017GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative will hold its annual community fair and business meeting on Tuesday, August 15th at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Members will be treated to a free chicken dinner, have a chance to visit with various community organizations and hear an update on the state of the Cooperative from President and CEO Bill Andrew. Included again this year is a utility demonstration, where Co-op crews will show members how they restore power and rescue those who are injured without the help of a bucket truck.More


Former Co-op Vice President Honored with Distinguished Service Award

For Immediate Release: July 26th, 2017GREENWOOD, Del. – Layton Wheeler has been honored by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) as the newest recipient of the Electric Cooperative Distinguished Service Award.Wheeler, who served as Vice President of Member Services for Delaware Electric Cooperative from 1979 until his retirement in 2014, was honored at VMDAEC’s annual meeting held July 24 in Norfolk, Virginia.In presenting the award, VMDAEC president and CEO Richard Johnstone noted the significant contributions Wheeler made to both the cooperative


Possible Tornado Damages DEC Headquarters

Delaware Electric Cooperative crews have restored power to nearly all homes and businesses impacted by Monday night’s severe storms. As of 9:00 a.m., only four homes remained without power in the Co-op’s service territory. At the height of the storm on Monday night, nearly 2,000 homes were in the dark. Crews worked all night to restore power—total restoration is expected by 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.


Co-op Board Approves Rate Decrease

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board Approves Rate DecreaseFor Immediate Release: February 15th, 2017GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors voted on February 15th to approve a rate decrease for all 93,000 Co-op members. Co-op President and CEO Bill Andrew proposed the rate change in January. The measure will lower electric bills by five percent and will take effect on March 1st. The rate decrease will save the average family, using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, $6 per month, or $72 per year.According to Bill Andrew, “Falling wholesale power costs and member


Delaware Electric Cooperative Offers Scholarships and Youth Tour to High School Students

For Immediate Release: January 9th, 2017GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative is proud to announce it will, once again, sponsor an all-expense paid trip for three high school juniors to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, DC. This year's Youth Tour is being held June 11th-16th, and will bring together more than 1,500 students representing 44 states. Participants will see all that Washington, DC has to offer while learning about the history of the United States and the electric co-op movement.This is an opportunity for students to meet with Delaware


Delaware Electric Cooperative Proposes Rate Decrease

For Immediate Release: January 3rd, 2017GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is considering a rate decrease for all 93,000 member-owners. Co-op President and CEO Bill Andrew has requested the rate change and, if approved by the Board, rates for those served by Delaware Electric Cooperative would drop about five percent.The rate decrease would save the average family using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity $6 per month, or $72 per year. While the Co-op’s rates have been adjusted periodically over the last decade, they remain the lowest in the State of Delaware


One Pan Apple Butter Pork Chops

2 pork chop fillets Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 (29 ounce) jar apple butter, divided 2 apples, cored and sliced. No need to peel them. 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder (or just chili powder) ⅓ cup heavy cream 1. Season both sides of each pork chop with salt and pepper. 2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the pork chops and cook each side for 3 minutes. Place pork on a plate and allow to rest while you cook the apples. 3. Using the same skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the apple


Blizzard Dumps More Than a Foot of Snow on Delaware, Knocks Out Power

The first major snowstorm of the 2016 winter season ended up being the worst snowstorm Delmarva has experienced since 2010. Up to 18 inches of snow were reported in parts of Kent County—snow wasn’t the only obstacle linemen faced as they spent two days working to restore power. The first outages were reported at 2 a.m. on Saturday, January 23rd as winds gusted over 60 mph along the Delaware coast. At the height of the storm, more than 3,400 members were in the dark, nearly all of them in Sussex County, which experienced the highest winds. Damage was wide spread; a utility pole was blown into


Seal Air Leaks In Your Home

Did you know heating and cooling accounts for roughly half of your home’s energy use? Caulking cracks and gaps around windows, doors and spaces around wires (telephone, electrical, cable and gas lines), water spigots and dryer vents can pay off with big energy savings. *Approximate cost: $5-$30 *Energy savings: Approx. 5-10 percent – Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy* Materials You Will Need: Caulk, caulk gun, knife or tool to cut, rags, water 1. PREP: Clean the area where you will be applying the caulk. Remove any dirt, loose paint or old, cracked caulk. Be sure the area is dry before applying new


DEC Offers Tips to Weather Winter Storms

Winter storms can strike at anytime and you should be prepared BEFORE the storm hits! We've put together a list of tips to help you weather any severe winter storm. • Stay warm – Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm, but exercise caution when using, and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using gasoline-, propane- or natural gas-burning devices to stay warm, never use them indoors. Remember that fuel- and wood-burning sources of heat should


Why Won't I Receive a Capital Credit Refund in 2015?

All of us here at Delaware Electric Cooperative love this time of the year. And it’s not just because we’re getting into the Christmas spirit. We enjoy giving money back to people—this week we announced we are returning nearly $5 million to those who were Cooperative members in 1997 and 1998. That’s awesome news if the Cooperative served you in 1997 or 1998. But, you may be asking yourself, what about members who joined the Co-op after that? The answer is—don’t worry! You’ll eventually receive capital credits too, but it may take a few years. Here’s why: Delaware Electric Cooperative was


M&M Red Velvet Cake Cookies

Ingredients: 1 box devil’s food cake mix 1 cup butter, softened 2 eggs, beaten 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring 1 cup green M&Ms (regular or mint flavor) 1 cup white chocolate chips Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease two large cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. 2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, butter, eggs, and red food coloring with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Continue beating and add in m&ms and white chocolate chips. Batter will be very thick. 3. Using a spoon or small ice cream scoop, form the cookies and place about 2 inches apart on


Holiday Safety Tips

Tips for a safe and happy holiday season By Justin LaBerge The holidays are upon us. For many, that means more celebrations with friends and family, travel, decorations, cooking and shopping. We want you to stay safe during the holidays, so here are a few tips to consider as you gear up for the season. We can’t guarantee that the hustle and bustle of the season won’t leave you with a few frayed nerves, but we can certainly help you avoid frayed wires. Inspect your seasonal items Many of us have treasured holiday mementos that we bring out of storage and proudly display every year. The holidays