DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate is committed to providing expertise and resources to state leadership, citizens, and businesses to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The Division of Energy & Climate is spearheading major efforts underway in Delaware for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Key drivers of energy policy and programs in Delaware include:
Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
(EEAC) Senate Bill 150 with House Amendment 2 was signed into law by Governor Markell on August 6, 2014. This landmark legislation enables Delaware electric and gas utilities to provide cost-effective energy efficiency programs to their customers and will help Delaware meet the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard.
Executive Order 18
Leading By Example Towards A Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment. This executive order sets goals for reducing energy use increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, as well as other sustainable practices and operations in state government facilities.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
RGGI is a 9-state carbon dioxide (CO2) budget trading program. RGGI is the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that 25 percent (including 3.5 percent photovoltaic) of the state’s electricity be generated by renewable resources by 2025.
Energy Assurance and Emergency Planning
The Delaware Energy Assurance Plan
describes the way the state will respond if an energy shortage of a substantial nature occurs or appears imminent. This section also provides request forms for emergency waivers of commercial motor vehicle hours.
State Energy Program (SEP)
The State Energy Program (SEP), a federal program established by the U.S. Department of Energy, has become a funding source for maximizing energy efficiency, promoting renewable energy, ensuring energy security, improving and protecting the environment, and educating the public on energy issues throughout Delaware. SEP investments in Delaware support a broad range of clean energy projects, from energy efficiency retrofits to solar energy installations. Through these investments, Delaware's residents, businesses, universities, non-profits, and local governments are not only reducing their energy costs, but are positioning Delaware to play an important role in the new energy economy of the future.
SEP funds have been allocated to several programs, including:
- Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V), measures taken by DE&C to ensure energy efficiency program administrators can verify energy savings and confirm cost-effectiveness of energy programs.
- Executive Order 18, Leading By Example Towards A Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment
Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU)
The Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) is a unique non-profit organization offering a one-stop resource through its Energize Delaware initiative to help residents and businesses save money through renewable energy and energy efficiency.