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Delaware Electric Cooperative to Give $7.7 Million Back to Members in December

Delaware Electric Cooperative’s (DEC) Board of Directors has voted to return $7.7 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.


New Natural Gas Plant Providing Power to Delaware Electric Co-op Members

RISING SUN, Md.- An efficient new natural gas-driven power plant is now producing energy for tens of thousands of Delaware homes. The Wildcat Point plant, located in Rising Sun, Md., became fully operational in April. The state-of-the-art plant is owned and operated by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) based in Glen Allen, Virginia, which is partially owned by Delaware Electric Cooperative as a member cooperative. Delaware Electric Cooperative officials took part in a dedication ceremony at the plant on May 8th, celebrating the official end of nearly four years of construction at the


Area Students Earn Electric Co-op Scholarships

Five high school seniors whose families are served by Delaware Electric Cooperative have each earned $1,000 college scholarships awarded by the Educational Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). The recipients are:Jonte Desire, a senior at Sussex Technical High School and daughter of Angela Desire of Greenwood.Maria Morelli, a senior at Delmar High School and daughter of Joseph and Farrah Morelli of Delmar.Giulia Randazzo, a senior at St. Thomas More Academy and the daughter of Giuseppe and Gretchen Randazzo of Milton.Holly


DEC To Host Open House

Delaware Electric will host an open house for members on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Cooperative’s headquarters located at 14198 Sussex Highway near Greenwood. The open house will include food, kid-friendly activities, safety demonstrations and tours of our building and new warehouse. This is the perfect event to learn more about how Delaware Electric Cooperative, “Keeps the Lights On.” During the open house members will also have the chance to learn about how DEC is improving reliability and the cost savings associated with its popular


Two Delaware Electric Co-op Members Honored Nationally for Making a Difference

Two members of Delaware Electric Cooperative were recently honored as winners of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives 2017 #WhoPowersYou Contest. Mary Rio was honored as a third place winner for her work with Clothing Our Kids (COK) and Chase Marvil was named honorable mention for his work with “The Inspiring Project.”Both winners received a donation from Touchstone Energy, which was matched by Delaware Electric Cooperative. The #WhoPowersYou Contest was designed as a way to honor local heroes in the community and spread positive energy across the cooperative network.After learning about a young


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


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