Under a Delaware law known as the "Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act" (or “REPSA”), Delmarva Power must increase the percentage of its electric supply generated from renewable energy sources each year until the year 2025, when a minimum of 25% renewable energy must be achieved. In adopting REPSA as Delaware Law, the Delaware General Assembly stated as follows:
“The General Assembly finds
and declares that the benefits of electricity from renewable energy resources
accrue to the public at large, and that electric suppliers and consumers share
an obligation to develop a minimum level of these resources in the electricity supply
portfolio of the state. These benefits include improved regional and local air
quality, improved public health, increased electric supply diversity, increased
protection against price volatility and supply disruption, improved
transmission and distribution performance, and new economic development
Delmarva Power has long
supported the efforts of both Delaware and the region to reduce emissions
caused by the generation of electricity, motor vehicles, and other activities.
Delmarva Power has met or exceeded Delaware’s RESPA requirements each
year and has been recognized as a national leader on environmental issues.
Effective May 1, 2016, your bills
will include more detail about the current Renewable Compliance Charge by
dividing the existing charge into two line item charges:
Electricity generated by Wind
& Solar provides Delmarva Power customers with approximately 48% of annual
REPSA compliance. Electricity generated by the Qualified Fuel Cells provides
Delmarva Power customers with approximately 52% of annual REPSA compliance.
These two line items are not new
charges on your bill. Dividing the existing Renewable Compliance Charge into
two parts is intended to help customers better understand what portions of
their delivery charges go towards renewable energy sources.
For more information about the
Renewable Compliance Charge, visit delmarva.com/renewable-energy-portfolio-standards-act.
The Renewable Energy Portfolio
Standards Act (“REPSA”) recognizes that Renewable Energy brings many benefits
to Delaware and its citizens. For example, the Delaware General assembly
has specifically declared: "These benefits include improved regional
and local air quality, improved public health, increased electric supply
diversity, increased protection against price volatility and supply disruption,
improved transmission and distribution performance, and new economic
development opportunities.” Currently, however, these benefits are
not reflected in the form of a dollar amount on your Delmarva Power bill.