The Governor’s Energy Advisory Council (GEAC) is charged with providing recommendations to DNREC’s State Energy Office on updates to the Delaware Energy Plan and with monitoring and proposing actions to enhance Delaware’s energy system, including actions to lessen the climate change impacts and providing counsel to the Governor on promoting an economic, reliable and competitive energy market for all Delaware consumers.
The Governor’s Energy Advisory Council held three in-person events to share information about, and gather input on, the Delaware Energy Plan. The meetings were on Nov. 1, in Dover, Nov. 6, in New Castle and Nov. 15, in Georgetown.
The Act was further updated in 2023, directing the State Energy Office, located within DNREC, to “provide technical and administration support” to the council and “develop and update, at least every 5 years, a comprehensive State Energy Plan” that includes but is not limited to “…encouraging and promoting conservation of energy … and encouraging and promoting the use of renewable electric generation facilities and alternative energy technologies…” and “support[s] the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets…”
In developing its recommendations, the council will build on the policy work of two previous planning efforts — the 2009 Delaware Energy Plan and the 2021 Climate Action Plan — as well as the many energy programs and policy initiatives currently being implemented.
DNREC staff, working with consultants, have developed a draft framework to serve as an introductory summary and reference to inform and guide the deliberations of the Council. It provides a high-level overview of Delaware’s energy generation, use, laws, programs and policies.
The framework is a living document and will be updated to reflect current developments in energy markets, policies and programs.
Meeting materials are posted following each meeting on that meeting’s page on the DNREC Calendar of Events.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the council and working group meetings. All meetings of the council and the working groups include the opportunity for the public to offer comments. Comments and questions can also be submitted to the council staff via email at DNREC_GEAC@delaware.gov or by calling 302-735-3480.
The Governor’s Energy Advisory Council is composed of 25 members as follows:
The Secretaries of Transportation, Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and Agriculture, or their designees, serve as ex-officio members.
The Delaware Energy Act authorizes the council Chair to establish working groups and appoint their members. The Chair has established four working groups to help review past plans, study particular topics in greater detail and offer recommendations to the council as a whole. Most of the working group members are members of the council itself. A small number of members from outside the council have been added to broaden the perspectives and expertise of the working groups.
The Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies working group will explore renewable energy portfolio standards, offshore wind, clean hydrogen, energy storage, emerging technologies and other topics raised by members.
The Energy Efficiency and Electrification working group will explore current energy efficiency programs, transportation electrification, electric vehicles, building electrification, reliability and other topics raised by members.
The Grid Modernization working group will explore transmission and distribution systems, resiliency, reliability and other topics raised by members.
The Environmental Justice and Energy Equity working group will explore the impact of energy systems on environmental justice communities, societal benefit programs, the Justice40 Initiative, Workforce development and other topics raised by members.
All four working groups have been asked to consider climate change impacts, public health and safety, workforce development, business opportunities, ratepayer impacts and innovative technologies.