Delaware Electric Cooperative is investing millions of dollars to improve its system reliability in 2019. The improvements will ensure members lose power less often. While 2018 marked the most reliable year ever for DEC’s system, we’re not done working to make the system even stronger.
The biggest project facing Co-op engineers in 2019 is the construction of a new Zoar Substation near Georgetown in Sussex County. DEC will build a new substation on Zoar Road across the street from a current Co-op switching station. Co-op engineer Jack Jester said the project is needed to ensure the Co-op can provide the energy needs of members in one of the fastest growing areas of DEC’s service territory. The Co-op expects to add at least 3,000 new services this year. During outages, the Zoar Substation will also help DEC engineers to redirect power to homes that are in the dark. The project is expected to cost between $2 and $3 million and will be completed in 2020.
Substations across Kent and Sussex Counties are also being upgraded to better serve members. According to Jester, “All of these projects will improve reliability for our members, making sure they lose power less often. They will also ensure our system is able to handle significant load growth as more and more people decide to call southern Delaware home.”