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 Energy Assurance and Emergency Planning


The goal of energy assurance planning is to achieve a robust, secure and reliable energy infrastructure that is also resilient — able to restore services rapidly in the event of any disaster. Energy assurance accounts not only for responses to disruptions as they occur (i.e. extreme weather, infrastructure failure) but also for long-term measures that reduce overall risk to and vulnerabilities of critical energy infrastructure.

Emergency waivers of commercial motor vehicle hours
According to Delaware law and in accordance with federal regulations, the director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) may grant a waiver to the federal 60/70-hour motor carrier driving rule for a period not exceeding three consecutive days, to any motor carrier engaged in energy supply deliveries such as heating oil and liquefied petroleum gas, based upon criteria established by the Division of Energy & Climate.

The exemptions allow fuel drivers to deliver critical heating supplies to their customers during times of severe weather or other circumstances causing delays in travel time to a customer's tank location. Some types of emergencies considered in the issuance of such waivers include hurricane, ice storm, snow storm, and explosion.   

 Request an emergency waiver
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DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate and DEMA work in concert to review waiver requests as they come in, with the goal of same-day response to requests made during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Requests should be submitted via email to Emily St.Clair and Mark Dworkin, using the waiver request form below. Requestors are encouraged to call the Division of Energy & Climate at 302-735-3480 prior to submitting the waiver request form, to ensure timely return.


About Delawares' Energy Assurance PlanThe Delaware Energy Assurance Plan sets preparation and protocol for the state during energy emergencies

What is the Energy Assurance Plan?
The Delaware Energy Assurance Plan (EAP) is a comprehensive manual for state government leaders charged with the responsibility of ensuring the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of the state during periods of energy emergencies. The plan describes the way the state will respond if an energy shortage of a substantial nature occurs or appears imminent.

Which agencies are involved?
DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate is the lead agency for energy emergency planning. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) director is the primary advisor to the governor in an emergency/energy crisis. DNREC and DEMA work in close consultation with the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) during energy emergency shortages.

What is an "energy emergency," and what happens under the EAP when one occurs?
An "energy emergency" is an actual or impending shortage or curtailment of usable, necessary energy resources, such that the maintenance of necessary services, the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, or the maintenance of a basically sound economy is imperiled in any geographical section of the state. The purpose of the plan is to provide for timely and coordinated notification to state government, private sector entities, institutions, the media and residents in the state if an energy emergency should occur, and to define appropriate actions to be taken, including enactment of regulations, rules, laws, and other actions by the state.

This law provides for the development of standby state energy conservation plans to reduce energy demand by regulating the public and private consumption of energy during a severe energy supply interruption. The state’s authority for preparing the plan can be found in Title 20, Delaware Code, Chapter 31, 3101, 3102, 3107, and 3115 - sections that govern the state energy emergency response activities. Federal authority for preparing the Delaware Energy Emergency Response Plan within this document is based on the U. S. Public Law 94-163, Section 362, of 1975.

Access a full copy of Delaware's Energy Assurance Plan here.

See the United States Department of Energy website for more information on energy assurance.

Image credits (left to right): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Warren Gretz; US Department of Energy; NOAA Photo Library, Sean Waugh; US Department of Energy, courtesy of CIMSS/University Wisconsin-Madison/NASA/NOAA. 

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