DEMEC Donates Quarter Million Dollars to Member Communities for COVID Customer Relief

SMYRNA, DE – The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) Board of Directors voted at their recent board meeting to donate a quarter of a million dollars to provide additional relief to customers facing hardship during the COVID pandemic. DEMEC’s member communities unanimously decided at the beginning of the pandemic to avoid shut offs and late fees for customers struggling to pay their utility bills.

“This is another step we can take to help customers during their greatest time of need,” stated Patrick McCullar, DEMEC President and CEO, “It is a great example of the power of community joint action, coming together to help customers meet their essential needs during this difficult time.”

The $250,000 donation will be split among DEMEC’s eight member communities to enhance their current customer assistance funds. As members of Delaware’s only joint action agency, DEMEC members benefit from shared resources that help keep costs low and more money in their communities to enhance customers’ quality of life.

“We know many customers are struggling to make ends meet,” stated Morris Deputy, DEMEC Board Chair, “Every community wants to help their customers as much as possible. This donation allows us to assist more customers facing hardships during this pandemic.”

Customers of DEMEC’s eight member communities can reach out to their local utilities for more information on how to apply for assistance. For contact information and to learn more about DEMEC’s members and the unique benefits of public power, visit



DEMEC was incorporated in 1979 as a public corporation constituted as a Joint Action Agency and a wholesale electric utility. DEMEC represents and serves municipal electric distribution utilities located in the state of Delaware. Over 137,000 Delaware electric customers are served by community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities. DEMEC member communities are part of a network of over 2,000 public power utilities across the country that serve 4.9 million people, businesses, farms, and governments.