On July 28, 2010, Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Substitute Bill 1 for Senate Bill 119, which extends and expands Delaware’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The legislation requires that 25 percent of Delaware’s electricity must come from renewable energy sources by the year 2025. The revised statute includes solar energy targets, incentives for local labor and manufacture of renewable energy systems.
The statute also calls for the establishment of an 11-member Renewable Energy Taskforce to examine the current state of Delaware’s renewable energy market, to develop recommendations around renewable energy credit trading mechanisms and to find ways to support the growth of renewable energy resources in Delaware. The Taskforce is charged with reporting its findings and providing regulations as appropriate.
The Taskforce membership includes four appointments by the Secretary of Department Natural Resources and Environmental Control to include one representative from the renewable energy research and development industry, one representative from the local renewable energy manufacturing industry, and one representative from an environmental advocacy organization. Additional membership includes one representative of the Public Service Commission, one representative from Delmarva Power & Light Co., one representative from the Delaware Electric Cooperative, one representative from the Municipal Electric companies, one representative from the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, one representative from the Department of the Public Advocate and one representative from the Delaware Solar Energy Coalition. For a complete list of Taskforce members please click here (Updated August 23, 2011).
To review the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard statute in the Delaware Code please click here.