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7:45 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Winds Cause Power Outages on Delmarva


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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9:55 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Co-ops Ask Customers to Limit Eletricity Use

Credit Don Rush

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.

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11:58 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Power Outages on Delmarva After Storm

Credit Don Rush

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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7:23 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Power Restored in Rehoboth Beach

Credit Don Rush

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. 

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12:39 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Electric Co-ops Say, Ease Up on Energy Use This Afternoon


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.

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8:27 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Electric Coops to Customers: Conserve Energy

Credit 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.

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12:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Delaware Electric Cooperative to Raise Rates

Credit 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.

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12:02 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Electric Coops Ask Members to Conserve Energy


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.

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8:36 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Delaware Utility Fires Up Solar Power Array


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.

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8:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kent County Landfill To Expand Power Production

Credit 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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12:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Solar Farm in Sussex County Begins Construction

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.

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9:13 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Storm Leaves Damage In Kent County

Camden-Wyoming Fire Chief Tom Rigsby,

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.

9:39 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Homebrew Featured For Beer Lovers At Delaware State Fair

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.

12:14 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Severe Storm Hits Delaware This Morning

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.

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