Delmarva Power

Don Rush

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says a helicopter will be inspecting transmission lines over the next few weeks.

WXDE-FM is reporting that the helicopter will fly low over the Delmarva Power transmission system to inspect and document items that may require attention.

Many electric customers were without power last night as blustery winds hit Delaware and parts of Maryland.

At 4:45 a.m. this morning Delmarva Power still reported around 17-hundred people without power.

1,200 of those were in Somerset County.

In New Castle County there were around 300 while in Cecil County around 160 were without power.

The Delaware Department of Transportation reports that trees were downed and closed a number of roads.

It’s expected to be a snowy weekend in Delaware.

The national weather service says a new storm could bring 1 to 2 inches of snow across Delaware.

There’s a 30 percent chance of snow on Saturday with a 50 percent chance on Sunday.

Delmarva Power has restored nearly all of the customers who lost electricity two days ago when an ice storm hit trees and utility lines in Northern Delaware.

About 22,000 Maryland homes and businesses remain without power midday Friday, mostly in Frederick, Carroll and Baltimore counties.

Snow Days

There’s a flood advisory for New Castle County.

It’s the result of a storm that has hit northern Delaware with ice and freezing rain.

Dozens of roads have been closed as the result of downed trees and wires.

There have been numerous power outages with Delmarva Power reporting some 14,-thousand customers without electricity.

Around 69-hundred are located in New Castle County.

The rest are in Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is forecasting another storm – perhaps the worst this winter.

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Delmarvans were digging themselves out of the snow that hit the peninsula on Tuesday with most schools (WBOC) yesterday and today.

In Delaware there was 11.5 inches of snow in Greenville while in Newark it was 5.6 inches and in Laurel only on inch.   

On the Maryland Eastern Shore there was four inches snow At the Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport by late afternoon.

Further south on the Eastern Shore of Virginia saw around 3.5 inches.

Delmarvans Cope

Motorists are being urged to drive carefully with near freezing weather causing icy road conditions.

Three have been dozens of crash reported across Delaware with most of them caused by drivers losing control and spinning off the road.

The National Weather Service has pushed its freezing rain advisory to 1 p.m. but adds that motorist should expect some sleet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delmarva Power has reported 120 customers without power in the Blackbird Station Road area near Townsend.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Delmarva Power will replace 90 wooden utility poles that hold a high-voltage transmission line along Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

The utility says the work began Monday and will affect service in Ocean City and parts of Worcester County, Md. and Sussex County, Del.

WBOC reports that the $10 million project involves a 69,000-volt transmission line. Ninety wooden poles, most of them more than 40 years old, will be replaced with galvanized steel poles. The steel poles need less maintenance and can withstand winds of up to 120 mph.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking Delaware utility regulators to open a docket on the company's proposal for a long-term rate plan.

Delmarva Power last week proposed a plan that would set rates through 2017.

The plan would replace a pending rate case Delmarva Power filed in March. Both plans were to be discussed at Tuesday's Public Service Commission meeting in Dover.

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Delmarva Power is warning its customers about a new scam.

Delaware State Troopers said that a man called two Delaware businesses claiming that the power would be turned off unless they paid a past due bill.

Officials said that victims were told to buy Greendot MoneyPak cards at a local store and to add the past due amount onto the card.

Later victims found out that the caller was not from Delmarva Power.

Company officials said that Delmarva Power always sends out a notice in the mail about late payments.

Code Orange in Delaware

Jul 17, 2013

Code Orange

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have issued a "Code Orange" air quality warning for Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says ozone concentrations on Wednesday are expected to be unhealthful for sensitive people. Officials say outdoor activity should be limited for young children, the elderly, and those with heart or respiratory conditions.

Particulate concentrations are expected to rise, but remain in the moderate range.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Storms downed trees and utility wires and left thousands in the dark in Delaware and Maryland last night.

More than 1,100 Delmarva Power customers remain without power in New Castle County, Del., and Cecil County, Md., on Tuesday morning after storms blew through the region Monday. Baltimore Gas & Electric is reporting about 1,000 customers without power throughout central Maryland.

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The Delmarva Power request for a 5.5 percent rate hike will be getting some scrutiny in Salisbury this Thursday in Salisbury.

A commission appointed by the governor will be examining this second rate increase request in as many years from the region’s largest power company which serves half a million customers in Delaware and Eastern Shore.

The rate increase would raise electric bills by an average of $7.74 a month with a new typical charge coming in at $147.

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The latest rate increase request by Delmarva Power has drawn some sharp criticism from 20 Delaware lawmakers calling the latest 5.4 percent request – in their words very alarming.

Delmarva Power is seeking a $42 million that would increase the average customer bill by $7.63 a month which is based on 1000 kilowatts of usage.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware regulators are considering Delmarva Power's request to approve a $42 million rate hike for electricity users.

The utility says the proposed base rate increase reflects rising costs for providing electrical service.

The Public Service Commission was to meet Tuesday afternoon in Dover to consider a proposed order opening a docket to consider Delmarva's rate request. A group of state lawmakers and advocacy organizations planned a rally Tuesday morning in Wilmington to speak out against Delmarva rate request.

A small credit of $3.42 in interest should show on the energy bills of Delmarva Power customers.

It comes from an estimated $2.8 million difference between rates that were charged by the company and rates that were actually approved in the second half of last year.  

The Public Service Commission approved a rate increase of $22 million while Delmarva Power had requested an increase of $24.8 million.

Natural gas customers of Delmarva Power will see their rates go up.

The utility says it is hiking its rates on average monthly bill from $141 to $143 on an interim basis while the Public Service Commission reviews a rate hike request of $12 million or around 6 percent.

The temporary rates began on Tuesday.

Sixteen schools in Maryland and Delaware will receive energy related mini-grants.

A total of $10-thousand in grants was awarded to teachers during a ceremony last night in recognition of proposed projects that involve energy and the environment.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports a total of 22 grants will be handed out with the winners receiving up to $500.

John Allen, Delmarva Power regional vice president, praised the teachers for providing new academic challenges for their students.

Wind Outages (Update)

Jan 31, 2013

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Strong storms that blew through Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore left thousands of utility customers without power.

Delmarva Power reported about 2,000 customers without power Thursday morning, down from a peak of about 7,800 outages.

The vast majority of remaining outages Thursday were in Delaware, with about 600 in Kent County, 700 in New Castle County and 580 in Sussex County. Another 120 customers in Caroline County, Md. were without power.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Thousands of people have lost power after strong storms blew through Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Delmarva Power is reporting about 5,400 customers were still without power in area early Thursday. The outages were the worst in New Castle and Sussex counties in Delaware and Talbot County in Maryland. More than 7,800 customers were without power overnight.

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Delmarva Power has asked for an increase in natural gas delivery rates that would increase residential rates by about 6.1 percent.

The utility made the request Friday to the

Delmarva Power has asked for an increase in natural gas delivery rates that would increase residential rates by about 6.1 percent.

The utility made the request Friday to the Delaware Public Service Commission.

Delmarva Power says the $12.1 million request would hike a residential natural gas customer's bill during heating season by $8.67 per month.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say NRG Energy has been awarded a lease for an offshore wind power farm 11 miles off the Delaware coast.

Federal officials say the lease announced Tuesday is the first under a new streamlined leasing approach. However, an NRG spokesman says that while the lease brings offshore wind another step closer, it doesn't oblige the company to build the project.

Tornado Watch,

Despite a tornado warning yesterday on the Eastern Shore and Delaware there were no reports of widespread damage.

But officials said there was flooding in parts of Maryland due to the heavy rains.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that storms knocked down tree limbs as heavy rains hit the peninsula.

The Maryland Transportation Authority imposed wind restrictions at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for vehicles such as house and empty box trailers as well as motor homes.

Authorities do not expect the Bay Bridge to allow two-way traffic on the westbound span.

Gas Bill,

Delmarva Power is seeking a 14 percent rate cut for lower gas bills this winter.   

Delmarva Power says some households could see a $24 drop in their monthly bill.

Bill Yingling with Delmarva Power told WDEL radio that a warmer than usual winter last year and a slowdown in the economy contributed to an oversupply of gas.

The new rate could go into effect as early as November 1st just in time for winter. 

The high temperatures combined with sudden thunderstorms have brought with them power outages on Delmarva.      

Anne Whaples with Choptank Electric Cooperative says there was an isolated outage for one substation but so far no rolling blackouts.

Around 862 of its customers in the western part of Salisbury lost power on Sunday for around two-and-half hours caused by the high power demand during the heat wave.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that the day before 100-degree temperatures caused just over 600 Delmarva Power customers in Salisbury to lose electricity. 

All Delmarva Power customers had their electric service restored as of Tuesday night.

Last weekend’s storm left tens of thousands without power.

Officials said that most of the customers had power back by Sunday evening but added there had been three customers still in the dark in New Castle County, as well as more than 200 Maryland customers without power, mostly in Cecil County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delmarva Power has sent the 150 crews that got power restored to other Mid-Atlantic states still without power.

More than 22-hundred Delmarva Power customers remain without electricity early this morning in the wake of weekend storms that left tens of thousands without power in the midst of a stifling heat wave.

Most of the remaining outages are in Cecil and Kent counties in Maryland where more than 1,700 remained out service this morning.

About 200 are out in New Castle County and only a couple dozen in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware.

Even with the quick storm that passed through the region today temperatures are still expected to approach the 100 mark.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state Senate has rejected proposed revisions to a law protecting utility customers with medical needs from having their power disconnected.

Supporters of a bill that narrowly failed Tuesday said the current law is so broad that many Delmarva Power customers are using it to avoid paying their bills. They noted that some 930 Delmarva Power customers enrolled in the Delaware program owe an outstanding balance of $3.6 million, far more than what is owed by customers in similar programs in neighboring states.

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.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer is suing over Delaware's efforts to help another company establish a fuel cell manufacturing industry in Delaware.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Wilmington by FuelCell Energy Inc. and Delaware resident John Nichols. It accuses Delaware officials of economic protectionism and discrimination in cozying up to California-based Bloom Energy.

Bloom Energy is building a manufacturing facility at a former Chrysler plant in Newark with $16 million in state incentives.

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Although the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Mid-Atlantic area and the Service is urging residents to avoid strenuous outdoor activity; Delmarva Power is asking customers to conserve a different type of energy.

Delmarva Power officials say the region's power supply is expected to meet high demand, but the extreme temperatures could stress equipment.

In order to prevent a heat-related system overload, Delmarva Power provides these energy-saving tips: