Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation - Green Energy Fund

July 27, 2021


Delaware Green Energy Funds

The Delaware Green Energy Fund was created in 1999 as the part of the deregulation of Delaware's electric utilities. Under Title 26 Delaware Code § 363, the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act, any electric company or cooperative may exempt itself from the states renewable portfolio standard by contributing to the states Green Energy Fund or by creating its own independent Green Energy Fund. The Green Energy Fund is to be used in support of energy efficiency technologies, renewable energy technologies, or demand side management programs, into which it shall make payments of at least $0.178 for each megawatt-hour it sells, transmits, or distributes in this State. For more information on the state's green energy funds visit.

Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation's Green Energy Fund

The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), a joint action agency and wholesale electric company representing the state's nine municipal utilities, opted out of the RPS requirements on behalf of the municipal utilities, and the utilities created their own funds. This Municipal Green Energy Fund is an independent, self-administered fund separate from the State's Green Energy Fund. The DEMEC green energy funds support the municipal Green Energy Program Incentives, which include rebates for solar electric, solar heating, geothermal heat pumps, and wind power. As of February 2016, only three member utilities- City of Dover, City of Newark, and City of Milford- use their fund to provide grants to its customers; other member utilities have discontinued to provide individual grants, they have reserved their funds only for community based projects. 

DEMEC municipal utility members include: Newark, New Castle, Middletown, Dover, Smyrna, Seaford, Lewes, Clayton and Milford. Each municipal utility has its own distinct fund. Customers of one utility cannot access another utility's fund revenues. As a result, some of the utilities' funds are very limited. Estimated funds held by participating members, as of 2016, are as follows:

  • City of Dover: $10,000
  • City of Newark: $40,000
  • City of Milford: $20,000
  • City of Seaford: NA
  • City of Lewes: NA
  • Town of Middletown: NA
  • City of New Castle: NA
  • Town of Smyrna: NA
  • Town of Clayton: NA

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Delaware
Incentive Type: Public Benefits Fund
Web Site:
Administrator: Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat,Solar Space Heat,Solar Photovoltaics,Wind (All),Geothermal Heat Pumps,Yes; specific technologies not identified,Wind (Small),Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Types: Renewables
Total Fund: City of Dover: $10,000
City of Newark: $40,000
City of Milford: $20,000
Charge: $0.178/MWh (0.178 mills/kWh)
$0.356/MWh (only for City of Newark)


Name: 26 Del. C. § 363
Date Enacted: 07/21/2005
Effective Date: 06/01/2006
Name: DEMEC - Green Energy Program Regulations
Effective Date: 08/10/2015


Name: Scott Lynch
Organization: DEMEC
Address: 22 Artisan Drive
Smyrna DE 19977
Phone: (302) 653-2733

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.