The State Energy Program (SEP), a federal program established by the U.S. Department of Energy, has become a major 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. Additional SEP funding is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The 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:
- Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), a non-profit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state through conservation, efficiencies and the use of renewable energy sources;
- 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.