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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


Cookie Rookie: Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

Ingredients: PUMPKIN PIE LAYER: 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin 2 tablespoons half & half 4 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon (heaping) pumpkin pie spice CHEESECAKE LAYER: 8 ounces low fat cream cheese 1½ cups vanilla greek yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon lemon juice (approximately half a lemon) 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice FOR PARFAITS: 2 cups cinnamon granola (your favorite brand) whipped cream or cool whip for topping pumpkin pie spice for garnish Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, stir together the ingredients for the pumpkin pie layer. Stir until well combined


Recap of Major October Nor'easter

On the night of Wednesday, October 1st, the forecast track for Hurricane Joaquin, then a category 3 hurricane, was a worst-case scenario for the Delmarva Peninsula. The National Hurricane Center expected the tropical system to track directly up the Chesapeake Bay, exposing Delaware to the worst side of the storm. The highest winds are found on the east side of a hurricane. As the week wore on, the track shifted several times, with the storm eventually heading out to sea. While the Hurricane stayed well offshore, a Nor’easter formed off our coast, battering our service territory with heavy rain


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and DEC Improve Communication on the Delaware Bay

By: Tom Roberson Fifteen minutes south of Dover, the residents of picturesque Bowers Beach awoke to a beautiful fall morning on September 24. As they started their commute to work or departed for a day of work on the water, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and crews from Delaware Electric Cooperative were already converging on their town. A huge volunteer effort was underway to make life safer for local mariners. The primary radios used to communicate with the Coast Guard in an emergency depend on direct line-of-sight transmissions between the boat in trouble and the Coast Guard


Co-op November 2015 News Briefs

College Students Visit Solar Farm: Students from the University of Pennsylvania learned about renewable energy from Delaware Electric Cooperative’s leaders in October. The University’s Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group visited DEC’s Bruce A. Henry Solar Farm in Georgetown on October 16th. Mark Nielson, DEC’s Vice President of Staff Services, talked with students about the process of building the farm and pointed out the electrical equipment found at the facility. The solar farm was built in 2013 and includes 20 acres of solar panels, capable of producing enough energy to power 500 homes


Cookie Rookie: Pumpkin Pie Skillet Brownie

Ingredients: For the Pumpkin Pie topping: 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese ¼ cup sugar Egg whites from 1 egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice For the Brownie Layer: ½ cup sugar Egg whites from 2 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract ½ cup canola oil 4 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly 1 ¼ cup white whole-wheat flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ cup buttermilk ¼ teaspoon salt Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a large cast iron skillet with non


Celebrate Fall at Fifer Orchards!

Fall has arrived, ushering in a season of cool, crisp air, colorful foliage and fun activities for you and your family! One of the largest fall events takes place at Fifer Orchards west of Wyoming in Kent County. Fifer’s Fall Fest runs through October 31st and will include you-pick apples, you-pick pumpkins, straw slides, zip swings and so much more. Visitors will be treated to a six-acre corn maze with trivia stations and an observation deck. On Saturdays, the orchard will feature live entertainment, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, bounces and community food vendors. Tickets are $5 for


Beware of Energy Vampires

Why don’t you try something a little different this Halloween? Turn off all the lights in your house and see if you can find the energy vampires that haunt your home! In a typical home, you’ll probably find lots of red and green lights once the lights go out. What those lights mean for your electric bill may scare you. Many electronics with red or green lights are always running in standby mode, which means they are always using power. We call these appliances and electronics energy vampires or phantom loads. They include TVs and DVRs, satellite boxes, gaming consoles, CD players, computers


Easy Roasted Veggies

Ingredients: 2 potatoes (I used Yukon Gold, but any kind will work!) 2 red peppers 1 red onion 1 cup brussels sprouts 3 sprigs asparagus 1 cup squash 4 garlic cloves, minced 6 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper Instructions: 1. Cut the veggies into medium sized pieces. You want bite sized pieces of everything. Preheat oven to 400F. 2. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange veggies and garlic on baking tray. Some overlap is fine, but you want the vegetables to all touch the baking sheet if possible. 3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 30


Explore James Farm Ecological Preserve

Delaware is known for its beautiful beaches and wide variety of wildlife. Very few places display the vast number of habitats in Delaware like James Farm Ecological Preserve. James Farm, located on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, is overseen by The Delaware Center for Inland Bays. Throughout the year, it hosts numerous school groups and scout troops, and educates them about the ecosystems present in the area. The 150-acre tract of land was given to Sussex County by Mary Lighthipe, a descendent of the James family who had farmed the land for generations. The gift was in memory of her son, Harold


Keep Rates Low By Beating the Peak

“Beat the Peak” is a program created to help members become more energy aware and help keep their power bills low by reducing their energy usage during peak periods, when prices are at their highest. The two major factors that affect the price of electricity are the cost to generate it and the demand for power. The demand is highest on our system during the hot summer months between the peak period hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Electricity costs the most during this time. To combat the price spike, we ask members to conserve energy. This includes turning off extra lights or waiting to do laundry until


Q&A With Chef Ryan Cunningham of Abbott’s on Broad Creek

When you think about dining on the water, Laurel isn’t normally the first place that comes to mind. But Chef Ryan Cunningham is working hard to put Abbott’s on Broad Creek on the map. Located in downtown Laurel, the young restaurant has had a busy year-and-a-half since its opening in December of 2013. Abbott’s had already made a name for itself with Abbott’s Grill in Milford, but bringing people to a new location was a welcome challenge for Chef Ryan. Q: What do you think draws people to Abbott’s Grill? A: We take familiar things and put our own twist on them, and wow people that way. Once you