Energy efficiency just received a tremendous boost in Delaware.
Last month, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 150 — which will deepen and broaden Delaware’s commitment to saving energy — into law.
The new law will give First State residents the opportunity to participate in an expanded suite of efficiency initiatives, such as behavioral programs, lighting programs, and appliance rebates. These new programs will help reduce customer utility bills, create local jobs by driving investments in energy efficiency, and lead to substantial environmental and health benefits.
Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Markell, the strong bi-partisan support provided by the Delaware General Assembly, and the vision of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the expansion of such cost-effective energy efficiency programs will soon become a reality. Here are three things the new law will do for Delaware:
1. It will drive customer bill savings
In the past, Delaware trailed its neighbors in efficiency investments, ranking 22nd on the ACEEE State Efficiency Scorecard. Now, the First State aims to surge ahead by making energy efficiency its first fuel.
Indeed, there is huge potential for electricity savings and bill savings in the state. Through behavioral energy efficiency alone — which includes giving people personalized, timely feedback on their energy usage, sharing easy-to-understand savings advice, and offering targeted incentives — Delawareans could save more than $8.2 million on their electric bills every year.