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Delmarva Power Taking Major Action to Advance Clean Energy, Combat Climate Change and Build Resilience in Maryland

SALISBURY, MD. (Oct. 14, 2021) – Delmarva Power today announced a major climate change commitment, launching a multi-faceted, action-oriented effort to help the state of Maryland achieve its clean energy and climate goals. Together with similar commitments made today by Exelon sister companies BGE and Pepco, Delmarva Power is taking significant steps to advance initiatives that will help make our communities cleaner and safer for generations to come and support Exelon's broader "Path to Clean," which will cut emissions from operations by at least half by 2030 and achieve net zero operational emission by 2050.

As part of the commitment, Delmarva Power will focus on actionable measures to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint by at least 50 percent by 2030, deliver innovative solutions that will empower customers to meet their climate change objectives, and drive collaborative efforts with stakeholder and community partners to achieve greater greenhouse gas reduction across Maryland.

"From rising temperatures and more extreme weather to respiratory and other health-related impacts, climate change is real and is having an impact on Maryland and its residents today," said Doug Mokoid, Delmarva Power region president. "We need to take action now to help reinforce the local energy grid through smarter, stronger and cleaner technologies, and implement other innovative solutions that will help ensure a clean and healthy environment for the future. We recognize the positive impact we can have in being a part of the change."

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland legislature have taken major steps to advance the state's clean energy and climate goals. The state's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act calls for a reduction of emissions of 40 percent by 2030 (from 2006 levels), and the renewable portfolio standard goal of 50 percent by 2030 is among the most aggressive in the country. Delmarva Power's efforts directly support these goals.

"We commend Governor Hogan, the Maryland state legislature, and the Maryland Public Service Commission for their bold actions to create a clean and sustainable future, said Mokoid. "We strongly support these efforts with our own initiatives that we will implement in an equitable and affordable way."

Delmarva Power has established a series of initiatives to reduce its own carbon footprint as quickly and efficiently as possible, while ensuring the readiness and resilience of the local energy grid to foster a cleaner and more efficient energy economy. In August, Delmarva Power joined its sister Exelon utilities in committing to reducing operations-related emissions by at least 50 percent, as compared to a 2015 baseline, by 2030, and to ultimately achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 as part of the Exelon Utilities-wide "Path to Clean" commitment. These commitments include:

  • Transitioning to clean energy use for its own buildings, including purchasing 50 percent renewable electricity by the end of 2025.
  • Installing energy efficient lighting at all Delmarva Power office buildings and substation facilities as the company works to further modernize its buildings through 2025.
  • Completing energy audits to identify additional energy savings opportunities at its major facilities, including the Bay Region Office in Salisbury.
  • Electrifying 50 percent of the company's passenger vehicles and medium-duty fleet by 2030.
  • Installing additional electric vehicle charging infrastructure at company facilities.
  • Reducing SF6 Impacts by using non SF6 containment equipment wherever possible and enhance monitoring and equipment modernization to help reduce SF6 emissions from existing equipment. 
  • Creatively using company-owned land including reduced mowing, installation of nest platforms for birds, planting of pollinator friendly plants, and signing onto the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Candidate Conversation Agreement for the Monarch Butterfly, which would provide habitat for the butterfly on company rights-of-way.
  • Activating company employees to encourage the use of public transportation and rideshare, and to measure and improve their own individual GHG footprint.
  • Enhancing the overall resilience of company infrastructure and continuing to assess impacts of climate change on the electric system, taking action to mitigate climate risk and investing to make the grid smarter, stronger and cleaner.

While Delmarva Power is taking steps to enhance its own operations, the company has committed to helping customers achieve their climate change goals as well, by empowering them to manage their energy use, take advantage of clean and renewable technologies and reduce emissions through a number of innovative products and programs including:

  • Expanding energy efficiency programs to help customers further reduce their energy use to collectively save more than 750,000 megawatt hours by 2023.
  • Providing an Energy Marketplace where customers have quick and easy access to discounted energy efficient products like LED bulbs, thermostats, advanced power strips, and more.
  • Simplifying the switch to solar by improving interconnection processes through a new system called "Connect The Grid" to better support customers and contractors in tracking and connecting their solar projects to the local energy grid. 
  • Advancing the electric vehicle (EV) revolution through our EVsmart program by installing a network of 100 Level 2 EV smart chargers and Direct Current Fast Chargers that will be located across Maryland and are available to all EV drivers.
  • Providing interest-free on-bill financing to help small businesses finance energy efficiency projects and overcome the financial barriers to making these changes that help improve efficiency and drive down costs.
  • Provide valuable energy usage data to all customers to help them better manage their energy use and evaluating tools that would enable customers to share their energy usage with third-party service providers to help identify even more ways to save money and energy.

Delmarva Power will continue to collaborate with government, community, civic, and non-profit partners across Maryland on innovative actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money and energy, and build resilience. These initiatives include:  

  • Enabling solar for income-limited customers by continuing participation in the Maryland Community Solar Pilot Program, where the company has helped to enable five community solar projects in its Maryland service area, with an additional 34 megawatts in the pipeline.   
  • Creating shade and planting energy saving trees through a continuous partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation to provide free trees for Delmarva Power customers and communities.
  • Awarding $75,000 in grants annually through Delmarva Power's Sustainable Community Grants program, in partnership with Delaware Nature Society, to help communities preserve open space and build resilience.
  • Growing the local clean energy workforce through a partnership with Del-Mar-Va Council of the Boy Scouts of America to offer hard skill courses in everything from robotics and aviation, to environmental sustainability.
  • Readying the local energy grid for future clean energy resources through an ongoing analysis and modeling to understand the investments needed to support the growth of distributed energy resources like solar, electric vehicles, and battery storage.

Customers, community partners and local stakeholders interested in learning more about Delmarva Power's Climate Commitment can visit delmarva.com/MDClimate.

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