Delaware Electric Cooperative - Green Energy Fund (Delaware)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Delaware

Name Delaware Electric Cooperative - Green Energy Fund
Incentive Type Public Benefits Fund
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Residential, Rural Electric Cooperative
Eligible Technologies Lighting, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind, Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs





Charge 0.000178/kWh





























Total Fund $206,000 annually (based on 2008 retail electricity sales)
Types Renewables, energy efficiency








Website http://www.delaware.coop/our-co-op/grants-and-rebates
Date added to DSIRE 2007-07-30
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-09



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Note: The Green Energy Fund regulations are currently under revision to improve program function and meet the requirements of the Delaware Energy Act. The Delaware Division of Energy and Climate webpage will provide details about relevant public meetings and workshops, proposed draft regulations, and other documents during the regulatory revision process.

Under the 2005 Delaware renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation, electric cooperatives were allowed to opt out of the RPS schedule if they met certain other requirements. One such requirement was that they contribute to the existing Green Energy Fund for investor-owned utilities or create their own green energy fund supported by an equal surcharge (i.e. $0.000178/kWh). In 2010 the Delaware RPS was amended by SS 1 for S.B. 119 and the section (26 Del. C. § 363) detailing the obligations of electric cooperatives was slightly revised. While these amendments change several other opt-out requirements, the provision mandating green energy fund contributions in the event of an opt-out remains unchanged.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative, the state's lone cooperative, opted out of the RPS requirements and established its own green energy fund. Based on 2008 retail electricity sales data from the DEC annual report, the fund has an annual income of approximately $206,000. The surcharge for the investor-owned utility fund was doubled in 2007 through legislation, but the surcharge for the Cooperative's fund was not affected.

The Green Energy Fund supports the Cooperative's Green Energy Program Incentives, which include rebates for distributed renewable energy systems. The eligible technologies listed in this entry are based on those described in the program regulations. Incentive programs for a given technology may or may not be active at any point in time.For more information on eligibility requirements and funding, reference the Delaware Electric Cooperative's Renewable Resource Fund Program guide.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Scott Lynch
Department Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Division Delaware Energy Office
Address 1203 College Park Drive, Suite 101

Place Dover, Delaware
Zip/Postal Code 19904
Phone (302) 735-3480


Email scott.lynch@state.de.us
Website http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy
     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 26 Del. C. § 363

Date Enacted 2005-07-21


Authority 2: Delaware Electric Cooperative Renewable Resources Program Regulations
Date Effective 02/01/2009 (as amended)



Authority 3: S.S. 1 for S.B. 119

Date Enacted 2010-07-28
















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"