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Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Workgroup

The Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) Workgroup came together in 2009 to assist the planning process and implementation of energy reduction objectives and quantitative targets for Delaware. The workgroup submitted its report to the Secretary of DNREC in June of 2011. Background The workgroup was established in the Energy Conservation and Efficiency


Energy Efficiency

The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy supports energy efficiency and conservation programs that help reduce energy use and its impact on the state’s environment and public health. Every investment in energy efficiency helps increase productivity and profits for business, reduces the production of harmful greenhouse gasses, lowers energy costs, and improves the value


Sustainable Planning

A community sustainability plan is a road-map for making a community a socially fair, economically strong, and environmentally healthy place to live, work, and play. Community Sustainability Plan
Developed in consultation with community members, a community sustainability plan is a long-term plan to help the community


Renewable Energy Assistance

Grant funds and incentives are available to promote the use of renewable energy in Delaware. The DNREC Green Energy Program includes several different types of green energy funding programs from the state’s major electric utilities.

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Application Assistance 877-453-2327 All Other Questions


History of Delaware Green Energy Programs

The Delaware Green Energy Program began in 1999 when the General Assembly deregulated Delaware’s electric utilities (26 Del.C. Ch. 10). In 1999, the General Assembly created a Green Energy Fund (29 Del.C. § 8057) and required Delmarva Power to fund it using contributions from Delmarva Power customers. The program, and energy assistance programs, have grown since then. The Delaware


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

State law mandates that Delaware’s utilities derive 40 percent of their energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2035.

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Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 302-735-3480 Delaware Public Service Commission 302-736-7500


Building Energy Codes

Delaware has adopted national and international energy conservation standards to guide statewide rules and regulations for the building sector.
Delaware Energy Code Support Hotline Call us at 1-877-494-1333 or email your questions
DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal and


Delaware Renewable Energy Taskforce

The Delaware Renewable Energy Taskforce was established under the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act (26 Del.C. § 351 – § 364) to provide recommendations on establishing renewable energy trading mechanisms and other structures to support the growth of renewable energy in Delaware.
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Energy Security and Emergency Planning

Energy security planning helps achieve a robust, secure and reliable energy infrastructure that is also resilient. Delaware must be able to restore services rapidly in the event of any disaster. Energy security accounts for responses to disruptions as they occur (extreme weather, infrastructure failure) and for long-term measures that reduce overall risk to and vulnerabilities


Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) is the process by which energy professionals make sure energy efficiency programs and projects are saving energy and money as they were designed to. It helps energy professionals assess how programs are working, and decide what energy-saving strategies to pursue in the future. DNREC develops the regulations that guide EM&V


Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Meetings

Meetings of the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and its subcommittees are posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar. Collected meeting materials are posted here for council members and the public. 2023 Meetings

January 11, 2023 -- Energy Access and Equity Collaborative Workgroup

January 17, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

January 18, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

April 11, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

April 12, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

April 25, 2023 -- Energy Access and Equity Collaborative Workgroup

June 6, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

July 25, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

July 26, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

August 9, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

October 10, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

October 11, 2023 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

2022 Meetings

January 11, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

January 12, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

April 12, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

April 13, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

June 29, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

July 12, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

July 13, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

October 11, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council EM&V Workgroup

October 12, 2022 -- Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

Earlier Meetings


The Delaware Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

The Delaware Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) helps Delawareans reduce energy loss and cost through energy efficiency programs. The EEAC is a collaborative panel of representatives that develops statewide programs to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy usage, and lower consumer energy costs.

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Landscape-Scale Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is a nature-based approach that uses a combination of engineering and nature’s own systems to address environmental challenges like erosion, flooding, and air and water pollution.
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Site-Scale Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is a nature-based approach that uses a combination of engineering and nature’s own systems to address environmental challenges like erosion, flooding, and air and water pollution.
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Green Infrastructure Basics

Green infrastructure is a nature-based approach that uses a combination of engineering and nature’s own systems to address environmental challenges like erosion, flooding, and air and water pollution.



Flood Risk and Avoidance

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides resources to state agencies and local government planners to help them identify and find ways to lessen risks from flooding. State agencies are responsible for building and maintaining infrastructure that keeps the state running. Roads, schools, wastewater treatment and parks are planned and paid


Renewable Energy

Delaware supports the use of renewable energy by homeowners and businesses through grant funding, incentives, and technical guidance. The state partners with utilities to make these programs possible. Delaware’s state law requires that utilities derive a growing part of their energy supplies from renewable sources.
Find programs and funding available through the


Weatherization Assistance Program

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers a free Weatherization Assistance Program to help establish comfortable, energy-saving homes.

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Application Assistance 302-504-6111 All Other Questions 302-735-3480
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Sustainable Communities

Sustainable communities are vibrant, healthy and prepared to meet the challenges of a changing world. Sustainable communities are able to balance demands for environmental protection, resiliency, and economic growth. Sustainable Quality of Life Planning is central to sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities. Planning can happen at all levels of community organization


Confronting Climate Change: What Can I Do?

You can help protect your family, friends, and communities from climate change by using less energy, making smart travel choices, weather-proofing your home, and choosing sustainable behaviors every day. The bad news is that human actions are the primary cause of climate change. Our everyday activities like driving gas cars and using electricity require energy,


Adapting to Climate Change

Climate change affects the people and places we care about. Adaptation is a way to protect ourselves from the threats of climate change, including shifts in temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise.
Public Health Climate change is complicating the challenges we


Taking Action

Climate change is a huge, complicated issue. In tackling a challenge of this scale, Delaware is taking action across state agencies to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and to fortify the state against the impacts we already have begun to experience. Climate Change in Delaware Climate action focuses on


Greenhouse Gases

Delaware is reducing the greenhouse gases that come from everyday activities like driving gas vehicles and using energy. This is the key to preventing the worst effects of climate change. Our actions today will determine the effects we experience in the near tomorrow. Climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels like


Understanding Climate Change

In Delaware, scientists, state agencies and local partners are working together to understand how climate change is affecting our state. What do we know about climate change and Delaware? Climate change is already affecting Delaware. Over the coming years, we can anticipate even worse effects–more days of dangerously high heat, heavier


Clean Fuel and Transportation Initiatives

Alternative fuel vehicles help us get from here to there with cleaner air and lower fueling costs. Electric cars, propane and natural gas vehicles, and bi-fuel vehicles are driven by Delawareans across all three counties. More hit the road in the US every day. Clean transportation is a crucial strategy in lowering our greenhouse gases


Delaware Clean Cities Coalition

The Delaware Clean Cities Coalition helps Delaware residents, businesses, and fleet operators work together to reduce the use of petroleum, develop regional economic opportunities, and improve air quality. The Coalition is housed within the DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy.
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Alternative Bi-Fuel Vehicle Rebates

The Alternative Bi-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program provides incentives to encourage the use and deployment of bi-fuel vehicle technologies in Delaware. Bi-fuel vehicles for this program are defined as those vehicles that have two separate fueling systems that enable them to run on either propane or natural gas and a conventional fuel.


Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebates

DNREC offers rebates to reduce the cost of electric vehicle charging stations that can be installed at multi-family dwellings, workplaces, outside businesses and in other public places.

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Clean Vehicle Rebates Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 302-735-3480



Alternative Fueling Station Locations

The US Department of Energy offers an Alternative Fuels Data Center with information, data, maps and online tools to help drivers, fleet managers, and transportation officials make full use of electric and other alternative fuel vehicles. The map widget below offers information about charging stations, by location. The information


The Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Program provides incentives for Delawareans and Delaware businesses to buy or lease new battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The vehicle rebate program encourages the deployment of battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of Delaware’s commitment to innovation in the transportation sector, reducing greenhouse gases and improving


Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy

The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy uses an integrated approach of applied science, education, policy development, and incentives to address Delaware’s climate, energy, and coastal challenges.
Mission and Goals Our Mission: To provide leadership





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