Green Energy Commitment
DEMEC, like other public power systems across the nation, is a leader in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the communities they serve. DEMEC has provided green energy products to its members since 2004, well before the Delaware Renewable Portfolio Standard became law. DEMEC has agreements for wind power from the Laurel Hill Wind Farm in Lycoming, Pennsylvania and solar power from the Dover Sun Park Project and the Milford Solar Farm. Of the 58.3 MW of installed or committed solar generation resources in Delaware, a majority (31.2 MW, or 53% of the total) is installed in DEMEC municipal service territories. This becomes an even more striking statistic when you consider DEMEC municipal service territories make up less than 15% of electric service in the entire state. The only significant wind generation resource installed in the State of Delaware is in a DEMEC municipal service territory (a utility-scale 2-megawatt (2-MW) wind turbine at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes). Renewable energy credits generated by the University of Delaware’s wind turbine are purchased by DEMEC through an agreement. The proceeds support a wind energy graduate student research fellowship in the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).
DEMEC has made significant long-term investments in Renewable Energy. DEMEC has invested over $100 Million in the development of a large portfolio of qualifying renewable energy generation resources to achieve the lowest possible compliance cost. DEMEC also has several other pending agreements in other renewable energy generation projects at this time.