New Substation Improves Reliability in Kent County


New Substation to Improve Reliability for Cooperative Members in Kent County

GREENWOOD, Del.- This week, Delaware Electric Cooperative energized a new substation in West Dover, designed to improve service and reliability for Co-op members. Scuse Substation was built along Hazlettville Road across from Dover’s Shuttee Park, and will now provide power to DEC members in western Kent County. 

Cooperative officials said extensive growth in the county’s rural areas over the last two decades has placed increased energy demand on current substations. The construction of the Scuse Substation will help Delaware Electric Cooperative meet future electrical demands and will also improve reliability for members.

According to Ken Ellers, Vice President of Operations and Engineering at DEC, “During power outages in Kent County, we will be able to redirect power from the Scuse Substation to homes that are without power, something that has been difficult to accomplish with our current equipment.”

Ellers said the project also has financial benefits for the Co-op. Without the construction of the new substation in West Dover, DEC would be forced to build new transmission lines, which can cost up to $60,000 per mile. 

The substation was named after the late Clarence Scuse, a longtime DEC Board Member. The project will not have an impact on member rates and is part of ongoing efforts to improve reliability.

Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility serving 84,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex County, Delaware. For more information, visit us on the web at or or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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