The Delaware Energy Office officially became the Division of Energy and Climate in 2012. The name represents a commitment to providing expertise and resources to state leadership, citizens and businesses in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable or “green” energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result in climate change.
Major efforts underway in Delaware are:
Key drivers of energy policy and programs in Delaware include:
Executive Order 18
Leading By Example Towards A Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment. This order sets goals for state government energy reduction and efficiency and use of renewable energy, as well as other sustainable practices and operations.
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or 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. Because of this law, Delaware’s utilities are offering consumers renewable sources of energy and rebates for installing renewable energy sources such as solar and geothermal.
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 both SEU and an implementation contractor can verify energy savings and are held accountable for energy savings reportedly achieved.
- 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 clean energy and efficiency.