Delaware Electric Cooperative has installed its 100,000th meter, a milestone for the not-for-profit utility founded in 1936.
The 100,000th meter was installed to serve a pole barn on the property of Erica Campbell outside of Greenwood in Sussex County. The property was one of the first to get electricity fromthe cooperative in the late 1930s.
DEC was founded by a group of farmers who pooled their money and secured loans at a time when investor-owned utilities were not extending their systemsto rural areas.
Co-op President and CEO Bill Andrew stated, “It only seems appropriate that the co-op’s 100,000th meter will power a barn, near a farmhouse dating back to 1900. We were founded to serve our rural communities. While a lot has changed since 1936, we are very proud of our history and are excited to be able to serve Erica Campbell and so many other farms, homes and businesses in Kent and Sussex Counties.”
DEC’s Master Meter Technician Gary Pusey set the 100,000th meter. Pusey has worked at the Cooperative for 48 years and will retire later this month.
When he started, the cooperative served 19,000 meters.
The Cooperative is adding more than 3,000 meters per year. DEC has doubled in size since 2000. By the end of 2019, the co-op could have electrical service to more than 102,000 meters.
The cooperative is based in Greenwood, DE and serve fast-growing areas of Kent and Sussex counties.