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Notice of Public Hearing: Weatherization Assistance Program

The DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy is conducting a public hearing to consider comments from the public on the 2022 Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grant application.


Delaware’s Climate Impacts

Climate change looks different depending on where you are in the world. In Delaware, climate change primarily takes the form of sea level rise, increasing temperatures and more frequent intense storms, including heavy precipitation and flooding.
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Climate Change Basics

Although Earth’s climate has changed naturally throughout its history, research has shown that the climate is warming rapidly as a result of increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
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  • Delaware Emissions

    Human activities have increased the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, which has led to rising temperatures and other changes in our earth and climate.
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  • Delaware’s Climate Action Plan


    Actions You Can Take

    Climate change is a global issue that will require global solutions, but we can all play a part in that greater effort by reducing our energy usage and conserving our resources.
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    Minimizing Impacts

    By maximizing resilience and adapting to climate change impacts now, we are better prepared for extreme and unexpected events.
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    Data and Tools

    Delaware has taken steps to address the causes and consequences of climate change with the goal of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and maximizing resilience to the impacts of climate change we are witnessing today.
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    Terms and Definitions

    A glossary of terms used in the Delaware Climate Action Plan and in conversations about climate issues.
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    Minimizing Emissions

    By minimizing greenhouse gas emissions now, we contribute to a worldwide effort to reduce the severity of rapid climate change.
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  • Title V Permit Modification Applications: Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation

    Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation has submitted a request for significant permit modifications for three Peaking Stations (Christiana Energy Center, West Energy Center, and Delaware City Energy Center) in New Castle County.


    I Am a Business Owner

    The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy provides programs and assistance for business owners. Find information on grants, rebates and programs for businesses.
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    I Am a Resident of Delaware

    The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy provides programs and assistance for residents and property owners. Find information on grants, rebates and programs for residents.
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    I Am in Local Government

    The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy provides programs and assistance for local governments in Delaware. Find information on grants, rebates and sustainability help for local government.
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    Public Participation

    Public participation has been essential to developing Delaware’s Climate Action Plan. In addition to public workshops held in the spring and fall of 2020, online surveys and comment forms soliciting public input, DNREC sought insight from Delaware-based technical stakeholders in the buildings, electric power, industrial transportation and waste sectors —


    Delaware’s Climate Action Plan

    The warming climate impacts our daily lives and economy, and it affects us all. With all that’s at stake, it’s time for us to act together.
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    Our Weatherization Assistance Program – Helping Families Reduce Energy Costs

    DNREC can help even out the potentially high costs of home heating, and make a home more energy efficient, through the Weatherization Assistance Program.


    Cool Switch Low Impact Refrigerant Program

    The Cool Switch Low Impact Refrigerant Program’s goal is to incentivize the use of refrigerants with lower Global Warming Potential impacts.

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    Edward Synoski Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 302-735-3480
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    Title V Modification Application: Ameresco Delaware Energy LLC

    Ameresco Delaware Energy LLC has submitted a request for a significant permit modification for operating permit AQM-001/00247(Renewal 1) for the facility at 1107 Willow Grove Rd. in Felton.


    Junior Solar Sprint

    The annual Junior Solar Sprint is a statewide challenge of ingenuity, engineering, and speed for students in fifth- through eighth-grade.

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    Jim Lee Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 302-735-3480



    Efficient and Renewable Energy

    The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy supports energy efficiency and conservation programs that help reduce energy use and its impact on the state’s environment and public health. The Division supports the use of renewable energy by homeowners and businesses through grant funding, incentives, and technical guidance. Delaware partners with the state’s utilities to


    E2I: Energy Efficiency Industrial

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides grants through the Energy Efficiency Industrial (E2I) program to help large-scale energy users make their operations more energy efficient through innovative upgrades.

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    Offshore Wind Working Group

    Governor John Carney established the Offshore Wind Working Group in August, 2017, to study opportunities for Delaware to participate in developing offshore wind. The Working Group met from October, 2017, through June 2018, when it submitted its report to the Governor.
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    Climate + Health Conference

    On June 6, 2017, the DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy hosted the Delaware Climate + Health Conference at the Buena Vista Conference Center in New Castle. The event brought together health and medical professionals, environmental and social groups, and critical services stakeholders to explore the ways


    Workplace Charging

    Workplace Charging is Important About 98 percent of electric vehicle charging is done at home or at work. Whether or not a workplace has a charging station can be a determining factor in an employee’s ability to purchase and commute with an electric car. Providing charging for employees provides several benefits to


    City of Newark Municipal Green Energy Program

    The City of Newark offers grants to support photovoltaic, geothermal, solar water heating, and wind turbine renewable energy projects. Only customers who receive an electric bill directly from the City of Newark are eligible for this program.
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    Climate, Coastal and Energy Contacts

    Dayna Cobb, Director 100 W. Water Street Dover, DE 19904 302-735-3480 dayna.cobb@delaware.gov
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    City of Milford Municipal Green Energy Program

    The City of Milford offers grants to support geothermal, solar water heating, and wind turbine renewable energy projects. Only customers who receive an electric bill directly from the City of Dover are eligible for this program.
    Applications Solar Hot Water Heating Geothermal


    City of Dover Municipal Green Energy Program

    The City of Dover offers grants to support geothermal, solar water heating, and wind turbine renewable energy projects. Only customers who receive an electric bill directly from the City of Dover are eligible for this program.
    Applications Solar Hot Water Heating Geothermal


    Participating Contractors

    Looking to install a renewable energy system? The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy maintains the list below of contractors that can install different types of renewable energy technologies supported by green energy funding programs. If your contractor is not listed as a current participating contractor, please ask your contractor to submit a Participating


    Renewable Energy Portfolio Cost Cap Provision

    The Renewable Energy Standards Portfolio Act (26 Del.C. § 354(i) and (j)) includes a cost cap provision that allows the state to freeze the renewable Energy Portfolio Standards program if the costs exceed the benefits.

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    Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy


    Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Workgroup

    The Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) Workgroup came together in 2009 to assist the planning process and implementation of energy reduction objectives and quantitative targets for Delaware. The workgroup submitted its report to the Secretary of DNREC in June of 2011. Background The workgroup was established in the Energy Conservation and Efficiency


    Energy Efficiency

    The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy supports energy efficiency and conservation programs that help reduce energy use and its impact on the state’s environment and public health. Every investment in energy efficiency helps increase productivity and profits for business, reduces the production of harmful greenhouse gasses, lowers energy costs, and improves the value and


    Sustainable Planning

    A community sustainability plan is a road-map for making a community a socially fair, economically strong, and environmentally healthy place to live, work, and play. Community Sustainability Plan
    Developed in consultation with community members, a community sustainability plan is a long-term plan to help the community


    Renewable Energy Assistance

    Grant funds and incentives are available to promote the use of renewable energy in Delaware. The Green Energy Program includes several different types of green energy funding programs from the state’s major electric utilities.

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    Green Energy Program 302-735-3480


    History of Delaware Green Energy Programs

    The Delaware Green Energy Program began in 1999 when the General Assembly deregulated Delaware’s electric utilities (26 Del.C. Ch. 10). In 1999, the General Assembly created a Green Energy Fund (29 Del.C. § 8057) and required Delmarva Power to fund it using contributions from Delmarva Power customers. The program, and energy assistance programs, have grown since then. The Delaware


    Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

    State law mandates that Delaware’s utilities derive 40 percent of their energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2035.

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    Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy 302-735-3480 Delaware Public Service Commission 302-736-7500


    Building Energy Codes

    Delaware has adopted national and international energy conservation standards to guide statewide rules and regulations for the building sector. DNREC’s Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy issues and regularly updates regulations based on these standards, which come from the International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).


    Delaware Renewable Energy Taskforce

    The Delaware Renewable Energy Taskforce was established under the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act (26 Del.C. § 351 – § 364) to provide recommendations on establishing renewable energy trading mechanisms and other structures to support the growth of renewable energy in Delaware.
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    Energy Efficiency Investment Fund

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides grants through the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (EEIF) to help commercial and industrial customers replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with energy efficient alternatives.

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    Energy Efficiency Investment Fund 302-735-3480



    Energy Assurance and Emergency Planning

    Energy assurance planning helps achieve a robust, secure and reliable energy infrastructure that is also resilient. Delaware must be able to restore services rapidly in the event of any disaster. Energy assurance accounts for responses to disruptions as they occur (extreme weather, infrastructure failure) and for long-term measures that reduce overall risk to and vulnerabilities


    Evaluation, Measurement and Verification

    Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification (EM&V) is the process by which energy professionals make sure energy efficiency programs and projects are saving energy and money as they were designed to. It helps energy professionals assess how programs are working, and decide what energy-saving strategies to pursue in the future. DNREC develops the regulations that guide EM&V


    Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Meetings

    Meetings of the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and its subcommittees are posted on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar. Collected meeting materials are posted here for council members and the public.



    The Delaware Energy Efficiency Advisory Council

    The Delaware Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC) helps Delawareans reduce energy loss and cost through energy efficiency programs. The EEAC is a collaborative panel of representatives that develops statewide programs to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy usage, and lower consumer energy costs.

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    Landscape-Scale Green Infrastructure

    Green infrastructure is a nature-based approach that uses a combination of engineering and nature’s own systems to address environmental challenges like erosion, flooding, and air and water pollution.
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    Site-Scale Green Infrastructure

    Green infrastructure is a nature-based approach that uses a combination of engineering and nature’s own systems to address environmental challenges like erosion, flooding, and air and water pollution.
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    Green Infrastructure Basics

    Green infrastructure is a nature-based approach that uses a combination of engineering and nature’s own systems to address environmental challenges like erosion, flooding, and air and water pollution.



    Flood Risk and Avoidance

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides resources to state agencies and local government planners to help them identify and find ways to lessen risks from flooding. State agencies are responsible for building and maintaining infrastructure that keeps the state running. Roads, schools, wastewater treatment and parks are planned and paid


    Renewable Energy

    Delaware supports the use of renewable energy by homeowners and businesses through grant funding, incentives, and technical guidance. The state partners with utilities to make these programs possible. Delaware’s state law requires that utilities derive a growing part of their energy supplies from renewable sources.
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    Weatherization Assistance Program

    The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers a free Weatherization Assistance Program to help establish comfortable, energy-saving homes. The program, run through the Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy, helps homeowners and renters cut their energy bills by weatherproofing and improving the energy efficiency of their homes. [column md=”6″


    Sustainable Communities

    Sustainable communities are vibrant, healthy and prepared to meet the challenges of a changing world. Sustainable communities are able to balance demands for environmental protection, resiliency, and economic growth. Sustainable Quality of Life Planning is central to sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities. Planning can happen at all levels of community organization





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