• The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act and the Renewable Compliance Charge

  • The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act

    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 opportunities.”

    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.  

    The Renewable Compliance Charge

    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:

    • Wind & Solar
    • Qualified Fuel Cells

    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 Benefits of Renewable and Clean Energy

    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.