In the summer of 2014, Delaware enacted landmark legislation that enabled the first-ever ratepayer funded efficiency programs, including statewide coordination among the regulated and non-regulated utilities and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU). The 2015 and beyond Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Strategic Plan was developed in concert with this legislation as a customized planning framework. The plan lays out the future course for new sustainable energy programs across all sectors. The DESEU created a Program Protfolio Operating Plan in 2017 to document the specific implementation, operational, marketing, and high-level EM&V protocols required for effective delivery of its energy efficiency programs. Delaware also has a state energy plan that was developed in 2009.
Through the stakeholder Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, Delaware’s energy office (DNREC) Division of Climate, Coastal, and Energy is continuing its progress toward initial energy efficiency program filings, pending the finalization of the proposed EM&V regulations issued in the summer of 2016. The parties are working through important issues like the creation of evaluation, measurement and verification regulations and deciding who will administer which programs to maximize effectiveness and ease of participation for customers and market actors alike. For more information, see the energy efficiency potential study developed in 2014, and the webpages of the Delaware EEAC.
An Effort Advancing Building Energy Codes
Delaware’s Building Energy Code Collaborative continues its progress as a partnership to drive code awareness, training and adoption. An update to the state energy code regulations is currently under development. A Start Action Notice (SAN #2019-04), issued in April 2019, details the proposed schedule of activities. The Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy is reviewing the latest ICC and ASHRAE codes
Delaware's current mandatory building codes are 2012 IECC with amendments for residential building and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for commercial building.
Policy and Program Information
Delaware at a Glance
|Direct Jobs in Energy Efficiency||12,514|
|Electric Efficiency Program Expenditures||$8.2 million|
|Gas Efficiency Program Expenditures||----|
|Per Capita Expenditures||$20.44|
|Electric Savings||17,811 MWh|
|Electric Savings as Percent of Retail Sales||0.01%|
|Gas Savings as Percent of Retail Sales||0.0%|