Table of Contents
- Role of the Commission
- Regulated Utilities
- Consumer Information
- Important or Pending Cases at the Commission
- Local, Regional, and National Issues
In 1999, the General Assembly passed legislation restructuring the electric industry in Delaware. Prior to restructuring, the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power by investor-owned utilities was fully regulated by the PSC. With restructuring, the generation of electric power became deregulated, leaving only distribution services under the regulatory control of the PSC. The pricing of electric transmission is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Electric Choice - Customers of the Delaware Electric Cooperative and Delmarva Power may now have a choice in which company will provide their electric energy supply (distribution of electric will still remain with the respective utility). The List of Certified Electric Suppliers provides the telephone numbers and websites of electric suppliers that may be offering services to residential, commercial or industrial customers. This list is updated as often as information becomes available and is a list of all certified companies, the Commission would urge customers to contact all potential suppliers to determine if a company is currently offering service. Before switching, we encourage you to look at this list of questions to ask potential electric suppliers .
Electric suppliers must be certified by the Commission prior to offering electric supply service to consumers. Requirements for obtaining certification can be found in Del. Admin C. Section 3001 .
Questions regarding the process for electric supplier certification should be e-mailed to Toni Loper .
After March 16, 2015, the Delaware Public Service Commission will no longer accept applications filed by paper . Subsequent docket filings and reports must also be filed electronically through DelaFile and will no longer be accepted by means other than DelaFile. Only registered DelaFile users can file an initial application, subsequent docket filing or report in DelaFile. Visit the PSC’s website for a link to DelaFile Help Documentation . If further assistance is required a System Administrator at the PSC can assist you by calling 302-736-7500 or emailing Delafileadmin@state.de.us .
As of December 3, 2015, electric suppliers and electric brokers must use the revised applications below for filing in the Commissions e-filing system, DelaFile. Please review the instructions on the applications for required documentation to complete the filing.
Electric Supplier Application for an Electric Supplier Certificate.
Electric Broker Application for an Electric Supplier Certificate.
The following must be provided in order to complete the applicants application package (for a complete list of all required documents refer to the application instructions):
$750 filing fee (check or credit card paid through DelaFile )
A Signed, sworn, notarized verification of all information contained in the application
Certificate of good standing issued by the Delaware Secretary of State, as well as a Delaware Business License.
June 28, 2016
Direct Energy Announces a Special Supplier Offer
The State of Delaware offers customer choice to Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Cooperative customers when it comes to purchasing their energy supply. Among the over 50 suppliers, certified by the Public Service Commission to offer residential and small commercial energy supply, Direct Energy Services, LLC, has just announced several new energy supply products with special multi-year fixed price offers, including other customer benefits. The new offers are the result of the State Legislature actively seeking longer term contracts that can help save money for energy consumers.
Section 68 of Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill 160 of the 148th General Assembly created the Electricity Affordability Committee and tasked the Committee to evaluate “an opt-in electricity affordability program for residential and small business customers … based on the potential benefits derived from a combination of a multi-year fixed price per kWh offer, value added products and services to help customers better manage their overall energy bills, and other potential consumer benefits” and “to select and contract with a [Delaware Public Service Commission]-certified energy provider” if the Committee “determines that a program will offer these benefits to residential and small business customers”. Pursuant to this legislation and at the request of the Committee, the Public Service Commission issued a Request for Proposals seeking an energy provider that could offer a program meeting all of these requirements. After reviewing all of the proposals, the Committee selected Direct Energy as submitting the best offers. With the approval of the Committee, the Secretary of State entered into a contract with Direct Energy Services, LLC to move forward with offering the selected products.
The Direct Energy offering is the first of its kind to offer longer term fixed energy prices coupled with other customer benefits for residential and small commercial customers starting July 1, 2016. “Electric Retail Supplier Exclusively Contracted by the State of Delaware” means that Direct Energy Services, LLC is the only electric supplier contracted with the state to provide a designated fixed rate offer and services to residential and small commercial customers for two years. The Direct Energy offering is one more tool that customers can use to manage their electric utility bill through the use of a third party electric supplier. As innovation continues in the utility industry, customers are encouraged to research what options are available to reduce energy use and manage costs.
Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Cooperative customers can still purchase their electric supply from any of the PSC certified suppliers making offers. A full list of Certified Electric Suppliers can be found here . Customers may choose to use a certified electric supplier or remain with their utility’s standard supply rate. Any customer receiving their electric supply from a third party supplier will continue to receive a bill from their local utility (Delmarva Power or Delaware Electric Cooperative). Should a customer experience a power outage or emergency, they should call their local utility.
For general consumer information, including how to file a complaint, please visit our Consumer Assistance page.
Delaware Public Service Commission Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Delmarva Power provides important consumer information on billing, customer service issues and safety.
Consumer Reference - The following websites offer consumer information about electric issues:
The Delaware Division of Energy and Climate offers educational material on a wide variety of energy issues, including energy conservation, energy and the environment, green energy, and others.
A list of electric related cases filed with the Commission is available on the Commission's
Regulated Utility Filings
page. Cases filed after July 7, 2014 are available through the
DelaFile E-filing system.
Following is a list of cases that have, or are likely to, generate a significant amount of public interest. To assist the public with participation in these matters, summaries with docket numbers are provided below along with a link to our Delafile system for related documents.
PSC Docket No. 16-0744 - On June 30, 2016, Direct Energy filed a petition requesting the Commission to require Delmarva Power & Light Company to distribute a bill insert regarding Direct Energy’s retail energy choice options under a contract awarded by the State of Delaware with its bills issued to Delmarva’s customers in its Delaware territory. In PSC Order No. 8922, the Commission directed Staff to publish notice for parties to comment and intervene in this proceeding and to notice the hearing before the Commission on September 20, 2016. The application is available through the DelaFile E-filing system.
PSC Docket No. 16-0649 - On May 17, 2016, Delmarva Power & Light Company (“DPL”) filed an application seeking approval for increases in electric distribution rates. The application is available through the DelaFile E-filing system .
Electric Reliability : Under the Commission's Rules Governing Electric Service Reliability and Quality Standards , adopted by PSC Order No. 7725 (Jan. 7, 2010), Delmarva Power must file an annual performance report: 2013 Annual Performance Report . Delmarva Power 2014 Reliability and Planning Studies Report .
Electric Industry Restructuring in Delaware
Regulatory Authority: 26 Delaware Code, Chapter 10
for customers of Delmarva Power who own on-site generation under one megawatt (MW) and wish to interconnect with the utility electric grid.
Delmarva Power submitted its Annual Small Generator Interconnection Report As of December 31, 2013 . Delmarva Power submitted their Net Metering Report for the 2013 calendar year as required by 26 Del.
Electric Transmission: PJM Interconnection LLC (PJM) is the regional transmission organization (RTO) responsible for the transmission of electricity in the region that includes all or parts of Delaware , Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) : NARUC membership is comprised of the governmental agencies engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The NARUC website provides information about the issues facing the energy, telecommunications, and water/wastewater industries at the national level.