AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2020
John Carney (Dem)Governor
Matthew Denn (Dem.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2018Session Dates: 01/12/16-06/30/16
Term: 4 year
President: Patricia Blevins
President Pro Tempore: Patricia Blevins
Senate Majority Leader: David McBride
Senate Minority Leader: F. Gary Simpson
Senate Member Breakdown
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Peter Schwartzkopf
Majority Leader: Valerie Longhurst
Minority Leader: Daniel Short
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Delaware Public Service Commission Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment, Senate confirmation: 5 year termChairperson: Appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor: Indefinite term
Dallas Winslow (I), Chair Appointed by Governor Ruth Ann Minner in 2005; current term expires in 2015; Appointed Chairman by Governor Jack Markell in 2012
Kim Finnegan Drexler, Commissioner Appointed by Governor Jack Markell in 2015; term expires in 2020
Joann Conaway (D), Commissioner Appointed by Governor Ruth Ann Minner in 2001; term expired in 2012
Mike Karia (D), Commissioner 9Appointed by Governor Jack Markell in 2015; term expires in 2016
Harold Gray, Commissioner Appointed by Governor Jack Markell in 2014; term expires in 2016
The current version of the Delaware Energy Plan, which is set to be updated every five years via legislative mandate, contains the following key recommendations:
Develop and implement a state energy efficiency policy to optimize energy efficiency in the building and operations of State funded facilities;
Develop combined heat and power (CHP) regulations for boilers/power plants and incentivize CHP through existing pollutant trading programs;
The Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) should defray energy efficiency investments to retrofit existing homes and explore financing options for new and existing homes;
The SEU should provide economic incentives for fleet purchases and home infrastructure for highly energy efficient and advanced alternative fuel vehicles, including those operating on natural gas.
Permitting, siting and right of way coordination for electric and natural gas transmission and distribution projects;
Facilitate the expansion of the state’s natural gas transmission and distribution system.
In January of 2015, the Delaware General Assembly took up Senate Bill No. 150. This bill is intended to implement the recommendations of the General Assembly’s Joint Sunset Committee following its review of the Sustainable Energy Utility. The bill creates the "Sustainable Energy Utility" ("SEU"). The SEU program through the contractor administrator shall design and deliver comprehensive end-user energy efficiency and customer-sited renewable energy services to Delaware's households and businesses. The SEU shall be unaffiliated with any of the State's electric or gas utilities, public or private. , and it will operate through the contract administrators under contract to the Delaware Energy Office ("Energy Office" or "DEO") under the direction of the State Energy Coordinator. The SEU shall be known by a trade name to be determined by the Delaware Energy Office.
Gas service expansion was included as part of the Governor’s recommended state energy strategy.
In June of 2012, Chesapeake Utilities proposed a hybrid cost recovery mechanism for line extensions before the Delaware PSC; the proposal also includes the utility providing services that facilitate customer conversion to natural gas and offers loans and other financial contributions over a number of years.
On November 5, 2013, the DE PSC approved a revised version of Chesapeake’s expansion proposal (originally submitted in June 2012). Originally, Chesapeake proposed a hybrid cost-recovery mechanism to finance line extensions. The mechanism contained two components: an infrastructure expansion service (IES) rate, which was to recover costs only from new customers, and a distribution expansion service (DES) rate, which was to recover certain costs from all ratepayers. As part of the settlement agreement that the DE PSC approved on 11/5, Chesapeake agreed to drop its request for the DES and received approval only for the IES—applicable to customers within proposed expansion areas and to remain in place for a period of time to ensure the appropriate level of rate and cost recovery related to distribution infrastructure in those defined expansion areas. The approved settlement agreement also modifies the company’s line extension policy to apply the internal rate of return method (IRRM) for evaluating the economics of new line extensions.
Delmarva Gas proposed to change its tariff for residential extensions in existing subdivisions to, among other things, provide a 100 foot main extension per requesting customer at no charge. After the first 100 feet, the contribution from a new customer would be $40.23 per foot. This tariff change would have also applied to non-residential extensions. As part of the settlement, the parties to this docket have agreed to convene a working group in an attempt to reach a consensus on an appropriate tariff modification. Additionally, per the settlement agreement, the parties agreed on or before December 16, 2013 they will submit to the Commission for consideration either: (1) mutually-acceptable service extension language for inclusion in the gas tariff; or (2) any objections or modifications to Delmarva’s proposed tariff language. These changes were approved on February 6, 2014.
Chesapeake Utilities owns and operates a public CNG station in Dover, DE.
The PSC has approved a modified fixed variable rate design in concept for Delmarva, but the implementation has been deferred by the Commission pending the development of an implementation plan and a customer education plan.