Delaware Electric Cooperative’s board of directors has approved a request from Co-op leaders to invest a record amount of money to support system improvements and infrastructure work. The board, in December, gave the green light for DEC to spend nearly $35 million to improve reliability this year. In 2021, Delaware Electric Cooperative will invest more than $25 million on routine utility construction projects, more than $3 million dollars on substation improvements, and $150,000 on transmission projects.
An old switching station near Georgetown will be replaced by the new Dorey Substation and plans will be drawn to replace the existing transmission line connecting the Fairmount and Frazer substations in eastern Sussex County. Planning will also begin for a new substation serving the Lewes and Rehoboth areas. According to Troy Dickerson, Assistant Vice President of Engineering, “Many of the projects are planned to help DEC’s distribution system keep up with significant growth. Our 2021 Annual Work Plan is designed to ensure the Co-op can meet the needs of our growing consumer base.”
Dickerson said the additional investment is necessary in 2021 because nearly 4,000 new services are expected to be added over the course of the year.