Delaware Electric Cooperative

There was a tornado in Sussex County on Monday.

The National Weather Service says it was an EF-0 which tripped trees out of the ground and damaged building near Greenwood.

The federal agency says the tornado touched down near Route 13 between the Nanticoke River and the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and St. Johnstown Road and headed northeast for around a half a mile.

Damage included the end of a warehouse at Delaware Electric Cooperative blowing out two large garage doors along with overturning some trailers.

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With the temperatures hitting above 90 it’s time to Beat the Peak.

That’s a program by Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative urging members to limit their energy use between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The coops note that they will be paying a premium price for electricity during those hours as demand goes up.

So members are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances as well to delay any such usage until after that period.

In addition they are urging members to raise the thermostat up just a bit.

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With the oncoming snow storm Maryland and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as Delaware Governor Jack Markell urges residents to prepare for the winter blast.

Delaware is expected to be hit the hardest on Delmarva with up to 8 inches in Sussex County while in Salisbury the snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches deep.


The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard watch for New Castle and Kent counties, while Sussex County is under a winter storm watch.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their members to once again lower their energy use from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this afternoon.

Energy use is expected to peak at that time bringing premium prices of can be up to $1 a kilowatt-hour.

It is suggested that members turnoff all unnecessary lights and appliances as well as delay any major use of appliances.  

In addition, raising the thermostat a few degrees is recommended.

Don Rush

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are urging members to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption between 3 and 6 this afternoon.

With the high temperatures the utilities want people to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances during that time.

In addition, they are recommending that members adjust their thermostats a few degrees higher during that time.

The utilities say this will reduce the cost of electricity since during these high use periods the price of electricity goes up substantially.

It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

Icy Road Conditions

Mar 2, 2015

Delaware state road crews were out yesterday and overnight trying to clean off some of the secondary streets with a warning that the highways remain icy due to the cold temperatures.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there were more than a 100 crashes on Sunday spread across all three counties.

Crews were out salting the roads overnight.

Delaware Electric Cooperative said there were power outages for just over 12-hundred customers.

Most of these were in the Felton and Frederica areas.

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Snow has swept across Delmarva bringing as much as 6 inches to some parts of the region.

Schools have been closed and government offices have shut their doors as residents begin to assess the damage.

Stockley, Delaware received 6 inches of snow while Millsboro experienced 4.7 inches.

New Castle saw got 2.2 inches while Greenville received 2.6 inches.  

DART First State has suspended its fixed route, flex service and paratransit service.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gusty winds have taken down trees, causing power outages in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Delmarva Power reported more than 2,000 customers had lost electricity on Sunday morning. The outages were centered mostly in New Castle County and Cecil County, Maryland.

By mid-afternoon, Delmarva Power was still showing outages affecting about 1,500 customers.

In the Lewes area, the Delaware Electric Cooperative reported about a dozen customers lost service.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative want their customers to voluntarily limit energy use between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

With the temperatures expected to be in the lower 80’s, the co-ops say that they expect electrical usage will peak during those hours.

And they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

During peak demand the co-ops can pay up to a $1 per kilowatt-hour which is passed on to the customer.

So, they want consumers to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

Power Outages on Delmarva After Storm

Sep 25, 2014
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of power outages have been reported in Delaware after heavy rain and wind brought down a number of trees and wires.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 370 Delmarva Power customers lost power in the Claymont area south of Interstate 95 just before 5 a.m. Thursday. Another 200 lost power across New Castle County, lower Delaware and nearby Maryland.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative says about 50 members are without service, mostly in Sussex County.

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Power has been restored to some 14-hundred customers of Delaware Electric Cooperative in Rehoboth Beach after two utility power collapsed.

It occurred around 7:40 p.m. last night on Old Landing Road.

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department said a tractor and it trailer became disconnected hitting two poles and knocking them down.

There were no injuries and both poles were replaced.

Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their members to conserve energy between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. today.

The co-ops say due to higher than usual temperatures they expect greater than normal usage which will force them to pay premium prices on the open market.

They said this can be as much as $1 per kilowatt-hour which is passed onto the consumer.  

They are advising customers to delay the use of major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.

Don Rush

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their customers to voluntarily limit power usage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 pm. today.

With temperatures heading into the mid 90’s the power companies say that they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

That means that customers are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

In addition, they should delay major appliance usage such as dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers as well as hot water usage.

Don Rush

GREENWOOD, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Electric Cooperative is increasing supply rates for the first time in six years.

WXDE-FM reports that the co-op's board voted unanimously to approve the increase on Wednesday night. The co-op serves 84,000 customers in Kent and Sussex counties.

The increase raises supply charges on customer bills from 1.56 cents per kilowatt hour to 2.4 cents per kwh. The increase in summer rates means an extra $8.40 on the monthly bill of a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative would like their customers to voluntarily limit their energy use this afternoon.

Because the temperatures are expected to reach 85 degrees many members turn up the air conditioning when they get home causing the co-ops to buy power at premium prices.

These would be passed onto the customer.

Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. today the co-ops want their members to turn off all unnecessary appliances.

Delaware Electric Cooperative turned on its brand new 4-megawatt solar power array on Trap Pond Road in Georgetown yesterday.

The 20-acre field of solar panels cost $14 million and is the first such site in Delaware that is owned and operated by a utility.

There are two other solar arrays in the state.

One is the 10-megawatt Dover SUNpark and the other is the 12-megawatt Milford Solar Farm.

The solar project is part of the effort in Delaware to produce 25 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2025.

Delaware Solid Waste Authority

The facility that turns gas from a Kent County landfill into energy is about to get expanded.

Much of the energy from Felton’s Sandtown Landfill will now be staying on Delmarva once the additions are made.

Jason Munyan, facility manager at the landfill, told WBOC that Sandtown captures greenhouse gases from 50 acres and uses it for three generators which generates three megawatts of power.

Soon, there will be two more for an additional two megawatts of power.

Delaware Electric Co-op says it will produce enough energy to power one thousand homes.


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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware Electric says construction is underway on a 20-acre solar energy farm near Georgetown.

WXDE reports the solar farm is expected to be in operation in May.

Delaware Electric Cooperative says 16,000 solar panels are being installed at the site on East Trap Pond Road. The project will eventually provide enough energy to power about 500 homes.

The construction is creating about 40 temporary jobs for the $14 million project. The utility says the project is not expected to impact rates immediately.

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CAMDEN, Del. (AP) - Heavy rains swept across Delaware, damaging about 10 homes in Kent County and leaving many without power.

The storm Monday afternoon ripped siding and shingles from homes in Camden and caused small trees to snap. Camden-Wyoming Fire Chief Tom Rigsby says four homes were seriously damaged.

Many residents in the county also lost power after the storm.

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — A homebrew competition is returning to the Delaware State Fair.

Eighty-eight people have submitted 329 beer entries for the competition, which will take place July 21 in the Delaware Electric Cooperative tent at the fair in Harrington. Winners in 23 styles will be selected.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the top beer in each style will compete for Best in Show. The champion will get a $250 cash prize.

Fairgoers will be able to taste beers from local breweries and get advice on how to make beer at home.

A severe storm with winds up of 70 mph swept through Sussex County this morning knocking down electric poles and damaging at least two buildings under construction at the Inland Bays wastewater treatment facility. 

A deck also collapse at the Lighthouse restaurant in Dewey Beach.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there were downed trees and limbs…with emergency crews responding to a report of a large oak tree on a house.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative says 62-hundred customers lost power but that the number has dropped to around 4-thousand.