DEMEC Plans for Organizational Growth in 2024

Delaware Joint Action Agency, DEMEC, is growing to meet the expanding needs of the nine public power communities throughout the state.

Smyrna, DE – The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), a not-for-profit Joint Action Agency dedicated to serving and representing community-owned electric utilities in Delaware, is undergoing expansion to enhance its capacity in member service. In line with its strategic priorities, DEMEC has diligently fostered an organizational culture centered on alignment and total team success. DEMEC is committed in its mission to bolster the success of its members while precisely navigating the dynamic landscape of the energy industry.

Kimberly Schlichting, President and CEO of DEMEC, underscored the significance of filling key positions to fortify the agency’s evolving service portfolio, “Filling these positions to support DEMEC’s expanding services was a top priority and critical to advancing our organizational goals.” Accordingly, DEMEC is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Cote as Senior Vice President of Administration, Maya Krasker as Energy Services Manager, and Keri Knorr as Administrative Assistant, further enriching its esteemed team.

Robert Cote, Senior Vice President of Administration

Robert joined DEMEC on March 11, 2024, bringing with him 25 years of diverse leadership experience across various sectors including the Air Force, Amazon, and as Town Manager of Clayton. Possessing a robust skill set honed through his career trajectory, he has demonstrated a keen aptitude for strategic planning, project management, and operational execution. His past experiences, along with his stated desire to be challenged and expand his knowledge of the energy industry made him the best fit for the position. Robert holds an M.B.A. from Wilmington University.

His responsibilities encompass governance oversight to streamline processes that drive annual strategy, budgeting, and communications, while spearheading special projects in close collaboration with the President and CEO.

Maya Krasker, Energy Services Manager

Maya joined DEMEC on March 4, 2024, following five years of service with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). During her tenure, she held various roles including Building Sciences and Energy Policy Planner, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager, and Energy Programs Planner. Maya holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Delaware.

In her capacity at DEMEC, Maya is entrusted with overseeing the administration of new and expanded projects and programs aimed at advancing energy efficiency and climate objectives. Additionally, she will collaborate with members to develop, implement, and manage tailored initiatives aligned with community aspirations pertaining to green energy, energy efficiency, and emerging technologies.

Keri Knorr, Administrative Assistant

Keri joined DEMEC on April 1, 2024, following four years of service with DNREC, where she progressed from the role of Energy Planner II to Green Energy Program Manager. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with concentrations in Natural Resources and Conservation from Southern New Hampshire University, along with an associate degree in Energy Management from Delaware Tech, Keri brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role.

As the primary point of contact at the administrative office, Keri will extend a warm welcome to members, visitors, and guests. Her responsibilities encompass providing dependable administrative support services, managing general office operations, and assisting DEMEC leadership and team members. Keri will play a pivotal role in executing special projects, conducting research, compiling data, preparing reports, facilitating training and events, and supporting board meetings.


Incorporated in 1979, the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) is a prominent not-for-profit Joint Action Agency dedicated to serving and representing community-owned electric utilities throughout Delaware including the cities and towns of New Castle, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna, Clayton, Dover, Milford, Seaford, and Lewes. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, DEMEC collaborates with its members to deliver reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity solutions. Through strategic partnerships and a focus on customer-centric initiatives, DEMEC plays a vital role in advancing the energy landscape of Delaware while prioritizing the interests of its diverse membership base. Committed to transparency and accountability, DEMEC upholds the highest standards of governance and operational efficiency, ensuring the continued success and prosperity of its member utilities and the communities they serve. For more information, please visit