Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) is a unique nonprofit organization offering a one-stop resource—through our Energize Delaware initiative—to help residents and businesses save money through clean energy and efficiency. We offer many sustainable energy solutions—frequently at little or no cost. The DESEU was created in 2007 by the state of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future. Currently, we offer over 20 programs that include technical assistance, grants, rebates, and low-interest financing.
In 2019 Energize Delaware Empowerment Grant Program was launched with $4 million from Delmarva Power. The program’s purpose was to fund energy efficiency grants to Delmarva Power’s low-income customers. The program has had excellent success in providing broad and unique opportunities to save money and energy for those customers. In 2021 the program committed all its initial funding and will conclude in 2022 once all the funds are disbursed.
After being unavailable for some time, the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) re-opened in 2021. This enabled Energize Delaware to relaunch the Pre-WAP program to help deferred WAP customers make non-energy repairs so they can be eligible to receive valuable WAP weatherization improvements.
In 2021 Energize Delaware, we marked our 10,000-home assisted by the program. We also received our third ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award bringing our ENERGY STAR awards to five.