Updated: Delaware Electric, municipal utilities protest measure that could set stage for upping percentage of renewable power sources

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The state’s only electric cooperative and The Delaware Municipal Electric Corp. are opposed to a resolution that could lead to a higher percentage of electric power coming from renewable sources like solar and wind.

“Delaware Senators could vote to increase Co-op member bills. They’ve introduced a bill that would cost members millions of dollars by forcing DEC to purchase more renewable energy. They shamefully waited until the final days of the legislative session to try and pass the bill without public debate or input, a social media post from the DelawareElectric cooperativestated.

Patrick E. McCullar, CEO of the Municipal Electric Corp. stated that theorganization is also opposed to the resolution. The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, represents nine municipal electric distribution systems in Delaware serving 130,000 customers. Members include Middletown, Dover, and Newark.

It remained unclear if legislation willbe introduced. However, the Caesar Rodney Institute, a longtime opponent of the renewable energy standards, pointed to a resolution from State Sen. Harris, McDowell, N-Wilmington. The resolution calls for the formation of a group of stakeholders who would study the issue.

A current state mandate calls for 25 percent of power come from renewable sources by 2025. The requirement is controversial since Delaware’s land mass is too small for many large solar and wind projects. Utilities often have to buy wind energy from Pennsylvania.

The cooperativeindicated that the bill was hastily introduced and has not yet been assigned a number that would allow tracking.

The cooperative serves customers in portions of Kent and Sussex counties.

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