Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution company serving 90,000 members in Kent and Sussex County, Delaware. Our commitment is “Keeping the Lights On” by providing safe, reliable and competitively priced energy services for our member-owners and communities.
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Green Energy Peak Status
A Green light means all is normal.
When energy loads are balanced and there is no extra demand on energy supply, a green meter will be displayed on our homepage.
There are two major factors that affect the price of electricity - the price of fuel such as coal or natural gas needed to generate power, and the demand for power. The demand for electricity on our system is greatest in the hot summer months between the peak period hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
During normal load periods we pay only pennies per kilowatt-hour for power. However, during "Peak" demand or energy periods when the temperatures rise, we can pay up to one dollar per kilowatt-hour and in turn, we must pass these higher costs on to our members which may have an impact on rates. DEC launched Beat the Peak in 2008 as a way to help take control of higher power costs.
Learn more about Beat the Peak and how to be notified of energy peaks when they happen.
Beat the Peak & Save
"Beat the Peak," is a program designed to help members become more energy aware and lower their power bills by using energy more efficiently and by reducing the energy consumed during peak periods when prices are at their highest. Learn more about how Beat The Peak saves you money.
Electrical Safety Tips
In theory, electricity looks for the quickest path to ground, On its journey to the ground, electricity travels through conductors. Good conductors include water, metals, and people. Human beings are good conductors simply because about 70% of the body is composed of water.