Delaware’s Green Dreams Doomed

State Overview

The population of  Delaware, nicknamed the First State is approximately 1.04 million people. Delaware is the 46th most populated state in the United States.

In 2022, Delaware’s economy was ranked 42nd in the United States in gross domestic product (GDP). The state’s economy is dependent on the finance, fisheries, manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and tourism industries.

Environmental Policies

In 2005, Delaware joined Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a market-based collaborative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2005, Delaware established a Renewable Portfolio Standard, mandating that 10% of the electricity sold in the state be generated from renewable energy by 2020.

In 2010, Delaware increased the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 10% of the electricity sold to 25% by 2025.

In 2021, Delaware again increased the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25% of the electricity sold to 40% by 2035.

Power Generation Capabilities

In October 2023, utilities used natural gas (95.5%) and renewable energy (4.5%) to generate electricity in Delaware. Sola0 is the dominant type of renewable energy used to generate electricity in Delaware.

In October 2023, the average cost for residential electricity in Delaware was 17.46¢ per kWh, compared to the national average of 16.21¢ per kWh.

Recent renewable energy developments in Delaware include:

  • 7 MW Solar Projects – New Jersey company, Nautilus Solar Energy is continuing work on six community solar projects across Delaware. All six projects are forecast to be commissioned in 2025.
  • 5 MW Solar Project – French company, EDF Renewables is continuing work on a utility scale solar project at a site approximately 25 miles south of the state capital, Dover.
  • 5 MW Solar Project – In May 2022, Pennsylvania company Tangent Energy Solutions completed a utility scale solar project at a site approximately 10 miles west of Dover.
  • 2 MW Biogas Project – Delaware company Bioenergy Devco is continuing the permitting for an organic waste to energy project at a site approximately 40 miles south of Dover.

Conclusion

Delaware has significant undeveloped renewable energy resources, including offshore wind, solar, onshore wind, biomass, and hydropower. However, the state’s requires complex land conservation laws have created barriers for the development of new renewable energy projects and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Delaware legislators have grappled to balance land conservation laws with the development of onshore renewable energy projects. As a result, utilities sold only 4.5% of the state’s electricity from renewables in October 2023.

Delaware is a classic case of legislators mandating green energy legislation without a clue on how to achieve the desired results of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

As a result, the First State’s green dreams appear doomed to failure.

 

Jack Kerfoot

Website – “Our Energy Conundrum”

www.jackkerfoot.com

 

Jack Kerfoot is a scientist, energy expert, and author of the book FUELING AMERICA, An Insider’s Journey and articles for The Hill, one of the largest independent political news sites in the United States. He has been interviewed on over 100 radio, podcast, and television stations from New York City to Los Angeles on a diverse range of energy issues.

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