Delaware is the second smallest and sixth least populous state in the US but also the sixth most densely populated. According to a 2016 report from the EPA, Delaware’s climate is changing. The state has warmed two degrees (F) in the last century, heavy rainstorms are more frequent, and the sea is rising about one inch every seven years. Higher water levels are eroding beaches, submerging low lands, exacerbating coastal flooding, and increasing the salinity of estuaries and aquifers. In the coming decades, changing the climate is likely to increase coastal flooding; harm marine, wetland, and inland ecosystems; disrupt farming; and increase some risks to human health.

In December 2019, Delaware joined a coalition of mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states (PA, NY, NJ, VA, MA, MD, CT, ME, DE, RI, VT and the District of Columbia) in drafting a plan for a multi-state gasoline cap-and-trade program. The plan aims to reduce transportation-related tailpipe emissions, and would levy a tax on fuel companies based on carbon dioxide emissions. The most ambitious version of the plan is projected to reduce the area’s tailpipe emissions by 25% between 2022 and 2032. Transportation is the leading source of planet-warming emissions in 10 of these eleven states. The program could begin as early as 2022.

Delaware has no crude oil or natural gas reserves. Its largest energy supply comes from natural gas, largely transported from Pennsylvania. Delaware began transitioning its electricity generation from coal to natural gas in 2010.

Delaware’s only energy generation is in the renewable energy sector, which, in 2018, was responsible for 2% of the state’s net electricity generation.

In the spring of 2020, State Senator Harris McDowell proposed new legislation to renew the Renewable Portfolio Standard. Signed by the Governor John Carney on February, 2021 the legislation raised the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard— which sets requirements for the amount of renewable electricity Delmarva Power must source—to 40% by 2035.  In September, 2021, the governor signed three more environmentally-focused bills:

• to accelerate the adoption of community-based photovoltaic systems in Delaware

• to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles by creating a more accessible charging-station infrastructure

• to make it unlawful to intentionally release balloons filled with air or lighter-than-air-gases.

“These measures — along with the updated Renewable Portfolio Standards signed by the governor in February — mark significant steps forward in Delaware’s energy policies and our stewardship of the natural environment,” said sponsor Senator Stephanie Hansen.

Delaware is one of seven states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to have record sweltering heat in July, 2020.

Delaware is one of twenty four states, and Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.


This Delaware bridge and road raising plan receives $15 million grant for flood problems

By Ben Mace 04/15/24
What's the cost of climate change? About $23 million for just one project in Delaware.
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Climate activists protest at President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign headquarters in Wilmington

By William Bretzger and Others 02/12/24
Protesters from Sunrise Movement stand outside the Brandywine Building and President Joe Biden's national campaign headquarters in Wilmington to demand more action on climate change
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Extreme rain and rising tides threaten Philly’s Revolutionary War-era Fort Mifflin

By Sophia Schmidt 02/06/24
Almost 250 years ago, in the fall of 1777, British troops began their occupation of Philadelphia. Soldiers under Gen. George Washington’s command fled to Valley Forge, where they endured a brutal winter.
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2023 Weather in Review: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

In order to better understand ecosystem health in national parks, the Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network measures ecosystem "vital signs" in select national parks in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. One of…
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Delaware Court Significantly Limits the State of Delaware’s Climate Change Lawsuit Against Major Fossil Fuel Companies

By Jacob Hupart 01/26/24
On January 9, 2024, a Delaware state court judge issued his opinion on the various motions to dismiss filed in the case brought by the State of Delaware against the major fossil fuel companies. (This…
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Judge Limits Delaware’s Sweeping Climate Change Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Companies

By Randall Chase 01/14/24
A judge has rejected several claims lodged by Delaware’s attorney general in a lawsuit alleging that the fossil fuel industry has downplayed the risks of climate change. Tuesday’s ruling significantly narrows the scope of the…
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Delaware judge limits scope of sweeping climate change lawsuit against fossil fuel companies

By Randall Chase 01/11/24
A judge has rejected several claims lodged by Delaware’s attorney general in a lawsuit alleging that the fossil fuel industry has downplayed the risks of climate change. Tuesday’s ruling significantly narrows the scope of the…
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Delaware Climate Misinformation Case to Stay Mostly Intact (1)

By Jennifer Hijazi 01/11/24
Delaware’s Superior Court will allow the state’s climate deception suit to move forward while granting some concessions to BP America Inc. and other industry defendants.
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Delaware urged to step up climate action amid national calls for more adaptation

By Jon Hurdle 12/08/23
Climate advocates are urging Delaware to step up its efforts to adapt to the effects of a changing climate as a national report says the United States as a whole needs to do more, and…
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More days of sweltering heat and flooding: Delaware County confronts climate crisis with its 1st-ever sustainability plan

By Kenny Cooper 08/23/23
Delaware County has publicly released its first-ever sustainability plan, following several years of coordination and months of deliberation.
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Gov. Carney signs package of environmental protection bills into law

By Quinn Kirkpatrick 08/03/23
They include the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act, which provides a comprehensive framework for establishing and achieving the state’s environmental protection goals.
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Lawmakers need to address climate change to reduce natural disaster severity: Delaware Riverkeeper van Rossum

By Steve Lubetkin 07/19/23
Policy makers need to consider the impact of climate change on the frequency and severity of natural disasters like floods, according to Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum.
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Greenhouse Gases

Climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline and coal – sources we use to power our cars, generate electricity, and produce energy every day. These fuels release greenhouse gases, which…

Minimizing Emissions

Delaware’s Climate Action Plan capitalizes on the work already underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware and identifies five key areas the state can focus on as we move forward:

Taking Action

Climate action focuses on strategies to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and maximize resiliency to the impact of climate change.

Energize Delaware’s commercial property clean energy program gets boost

Energize Delaware, administrator for the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (D-PACE,) has increased the total eligible construction costs from 20 to 30 percent as a way to ease the impact of increased borrowing costs.

Delaware Tech moves to drop renewable energy degree programs

Delaware Technical Community College will no longer accept new students to degree programs focused on energy.

Delaware Is a Top State for Rooftop Solar Energy

If you’re considering the benefits of installing rooftop solar panels, there are plenty for those living in Delaware. According to a recent study by ConsumerAffairs, Delaware is the third-best state to live in if you…

Lawmakers to weigh historic plan for procuring offshore wind power

After state environmental officials finally recommended that Delaware get into offshore wind by agreeing to buy power from the industry, it’s now up to lawmakers to agree on a bill that would determine how much…

Small state has big ideas for adapting to climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that any of us will face in our lifetimes, and it requires all of us to work together to help preserve the Earth and secure a sustainable…

New offshore wind study points to procurement as next step

The latest commissioned study on Delaware’s offshore wind has decisively recommended that the First State should buy into wind energy, either as a standalone project or through a power purchase agreement. But the exact path…

Delaware starts formal negotiations with US Wind for role in two Maryland offshore wind projects

Delaware is starting formal negotiations for a role in two offshore wind projects US Wind is developing with Maryland.

State starts negotiating wind farm cable landing at Seashore park

Delaware will negotiate a deal with US Wind for its two wind farms, including a $350,000 a year cable landing on Delaware Seashore State Park, as well as energy credits and funding for workforce and…

Governor’s Energy Advisory Council approves final recommendations for 2024 Delaware Energy Plan

The Governor’s Energy Advisory Council approved its final 45 recommendations from the Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies and Energy Efficiency and Electrification working groups, in addition to the 35 passed on Friday.

After 15 years, state looking to update its energy plan

The Governor’s Energy Advisory Council has been working since July on drafting a new energy plan.

Delaware can use this blueprint to address climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges any of us will face in our lifetimes, and it requires all of us to work together to help preserve the Earth and secure a sustainable future…

Offshore turbines could help reach climate goals

From Massachusetts to North Carolina, states along the East Coast are banking on a renewable energy source to aid their climate goals: offshore wind.

Delaware’s DNREC approves permits for biogas facility near Seaford

With permit approvals, Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has given the green light to Bioenergy Devo LLC’s plans for biogas production

Delmarva Power to Lower Natural Gas Rates for Delaware Customers

Delmarva Power, the dominant power utility in Delaware, has announced that it will be lowering natural gas rates for its 138,000 customers in the state. This rate decrease is the second one this year and…

9 small businesses get solar power grants

Delaware’s Congressional Delegation announced $1.3 million for nine Delaware projects that will lower energy costs for small businesses in Delaware as part of the Rural Energy for America Program and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Nine Delaware energy cost reduction projects receive collective $1.3 million

Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, as well as congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, are celebrating a collective $1.3 million going to nine rural Delaware projects meant to reduce energy costs. They say is this…

Delaware eyes its first offshore wind target, but trouble looms

For years, Delaware has been on the sidelines as the emerging offshore wind industry flocked to neighboring states, but a new law could transform the industry in the state — if it’s not too late.

Proposed green energy bill could mean higher power bills

A piece of proposed legislation that would give the Delaware Public Service Commission more power over the sources of energy in the First State is drawing fire from a state representative.

Will farms see solar instead of soybeans? Why proposed projects are dividing counties

But, one day a few years ago, after returning home from vacation, the lifelong Milford-area resident decided to answer the phone.

Delaware is considering offshore wind as feds approve 100,000 acres off the state’s coast

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced this week the creation of more than 100,000 acres off the coast of Delaware that could potentially be used for offshore wind. It would be an…

Delaware senators urge Biden to maximize offshore wind

We are grateful for your commitment to rapidly deploying clean energy, and your stated goals of deploying 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030, and 15 GW of floating offshore wind by 2035. However,…

House lawmakers pass Climate Change Solutions Act

Delaware House lawmakers voted this week to pass the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act, which would set a goal of zero net emissions for the state by 2050.

Green Initiatives in Delaware Make Solar Panels More Attractive

While Delaware produces less energy than any other state in the US, it actually consumes quite a bit of it. Fortunately, there are potential solutions and your rooftop has the chance to play a role.

Lawmakers try again to pass the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act

Delaware lawmakers are trying again to give legal weight to the state’s efforts to cut carbon emissions and curb climate change.

Solar farms are growing in Sussex County

Solar farms are the newest agricultural option in Sussex County. More than a dozen applications for solar arrays have been either filed or approved by county council over the past year, with three new ones,…

Polls show most Delawareans against EV mandate

Over the next few weeks, lawmakers in Dover may consider legislation about Delaware's future commitment to electric vehicles. In Delaware, the state has taken a leadership role in implementing clean energy policies, critical especially after…

BOEM proposes changes to offshore wind approval process

Looking to facilitate the development of offshore wind energy resources to meet U.S. climate and renewable energy objectives, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking public comment on a host of proposed regulatory changes.

Governor Carney Delivers 2023 State of the State Address

Governor Carney on Thursday delivered his 2023 State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly, announcing plans to strengthen our economy and infrastructure, invest in public schools and child care,…

A Tree for Every Delawarean

Trees are natural champions. From our state forests to our city parks, trees improve air and water quality, preserve soil, and support wildlife – and they play a critical role in helping to fight climate…


The Climate Action Plan team would like to acknowledge the technical contributions of ICF for its greenhouse gas emissions modeling and the stakeholder engagement expertise of Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc.; Planning Communities, LLC; and Hamel…

It’s ‘everyone’s job:’ Delaware offers more details on climate action plan

Gov. John Carney unveiled Delaware’s climate action plan in an announcement along the Delaware River in historic New Castle in early November. “There’s nothing more important than recognizing the threat that climate change poses to…

Governor Carney Releases Plan Outlining Delaware’s Path Forward on Climate Change

Governor John Carney on Thursday released Delaware’s Climate Action Plan surrounded by members of his Cabinet, environmental leaders, and members of the General Assembly. The main goals of the Climate Action Plan are to reduce…

Carney signs three environmental bills

Gov. John Carney on Sept. 17 joined members of the General Assembly and environmental advocates at a Wilmington-based solar array to sign three environmentally-focused bills designed to help expand the use of renewable energy, reduce…

Community Leaders Unveil All-Electric Bus, Ag Pod and Solar + Battery Storage Technology at The Warehouse

Community leaders gathered today at The Warehouse, a service partner of The WRK Group, to welcome three new clean energy technologies as part of the Energize The Warehouse initiative — a collaboration between Delmarva Power,…

Delaware County Passes C-PACE Resolution

Delaware County Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution to implement Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) during its March 17 meeting. Council members approved C-PACE to help owners of commercial property with energy and…

New Castle County to run several buildings on renewables

New Castle County government took a step to reduce the contribution its facilities make to climate change.

Preparing for Climate Change in Delaware

This page provides an overview of the steps the state is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report

Climate Action in Delaware: 2016 Progress Report provides an update on the actions and goals outlined in the Climate Framework for Delaware. This report highlights the actions and accomplishments made by Delaware's state government to…

The Climate Framework for Delaware

On September 12, 2013, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Executive Order 41: "Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions." Executive Order 41 directs state agencies to address both the…


Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Delaware

In 2018, Delaware experienced one winter storm, the damages of which led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Delaware

Delaware is vulnerable to increasing temperatures, variable rain patterns, rising sea level, ecosystem loss and saltwater intrusion

Choosing Renewables in Delaware

If you're a Delmarva customer, you can choose who they purchase your energy from – including clean, green energy instead of dirty fossil fuel energy.

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…

Delaware Solar

Despite its small size, Delaware continues to increase its solar capacity at a rapid pace. It is not one of the sunnier states, but strong solar policies are driving the industry.

Delaware Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

Delaware’s utilities are required to get an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable resources. State law mandates that they derive 25% of their energy portfolios from renewable sources by 2025. This has created a…

Delaware State Profile and Energy Estimates

Delaware is located on the eastern side of the Delmarva Peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay to the east, Maryland to the west and south, and Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the north.…


How climate change and human activity are impacting horseshoe crabs amid annual count

By Quinn Kirkpatrick   07/14/23  
On a moonlit night last month, volunteers were on Pickering Beach along the Delaware Bay in Kent County counting horseshoe crabs. This is part of an annual effort to help the crab not only survive,…
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Examining why the Delaware Climate Change Solutions Act passed this year

By Jon Hurdle   07/07/23  
More than a year after state lawmakers began work on measures to give legal force to Delaware’s plan to respond to climate change, the legislature resoundingly approved a bill that will require the state to…
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Delaware County group gets $5K of $1 million in state funds for environmental projects

By Daily Times   06/01/23  
Regional projects received more than $100,000 for funding of projects to engage youth and adults in improving water quality and climate change resiliency in their communities.
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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear request to move Delaware climate change lawsuit to federal court

By Rachel Sawicki   05/15/23  
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear a fossil fuel industry request to move Delaware’s climate change lawsuit to federal court.
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Climate change impact is intensifying everywhere. Do you know where Delaware’s risk ranks?

By Kelly Powers   05/10/23  
Temperatures are increasing. Seas are warming; oceans rising. And scientists have said both heat and sea-level rise are helping make some natural disasters more extreme.
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Will the Chesapeake Bay Become a Dead Zone?

By Duy Linh Tu and Sebastian Tuinder   05/03/23  
The country’s largest estuary is under critical threat from pollution and climate change. The question is: Can it be saved? In the 4,500-square-mile Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary, nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment…
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Delaware lawmakers introduce bills to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

By Meredith Newman   05/02/23  
Gov. John Carney and Delaware lawmakers introduced a series of climate change bills Tuesday that aim to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades.
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Delaware’s Inland Bays get a ‘D’ rating. Pollution, development, climate change to blame.

By Shannon Marvel McNaught   03/29/23  
The nonprofit Delaware Center for the Inland Bays gave the Inland Bays a “D” rating – again – in the 2021 State of the Bays report released Monday.
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Beach Replenishment Delayed in Rehoboth Beach

By Heidi Kirk   03/21/23  
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers delayed beach replenishment until April 8, due to extension of a project currently underway in New Jersey. Originally, the projected was slated to begin in late March and go…
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Novel method will help restore Delaware and New Jersey salt marshes

By Zoë Read   03/07/23  
Large storms can devastate coastal communities when no buffers exist to protect them. But salt marshes, which are coastal wetlands flooded and drained by salt water from the tides, can shield buildings and homes.
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Carper Introduces Legislation to Reauthorize the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act

U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (both D-Del.), today reintroduced bicameral legislation to reauthorize the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act (DRBCA).
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Big Wins at the Ballot for the Delaware River Watershed (and for People and Birds)

On Election Day, voters in the Delaware River Watershed decided to invest in and protect wildlife, water, and the environment close to home.
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Delaware Oceans and Coasts

Stretching from the mouth of the Delaware River in southern New Castle County to the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware Bayshore hosts more than 50 miles of tidal shoreline backed by a variety of dunes, tidal…
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DNREC, DDA Celebrate World Wetlands Day with Agreement to Manage, Protect Delaware’s Unique Wetland Communities

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Department of Agriculture (DDA) Forest Service are to celebrate World Wetlands Day today, Thursday, Feb. 2, by signing a cooperative agreement to manage…
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Delaware to study climate change impact on the Inland Bays

By Zoe Read   12/07/22  
As the lowest lying state in the nation, Delaware faces some of the most harmful flooding caused by climate change — public safety, properties and the beach economy are at risk.
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Delaware Will Install Free Solar Panels For Low-income Residents and Paying 70% For Moderate-incomes

By Good News Network   07/30/22  
The Solar Pilot Program from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control seeks to test future expansion of photovoltaic systems into low- and moderate-income populations, which have been underserved in the U.S. by…
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Offshore wind report says Delaware could procure power at less than half current cost

By Tom Byrne and Jon Hurdle   04/08/22  
Delaware could buy offshore wind power at less than half the cost it currently pays for fossil fuel-powered electricity, after the health and climate impacts of the current supply are taken into account, according to…
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Delaware’s Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Companies is Remanded to State Court

By Jacob Hupart   01/13/22  
The federal district court in Delaware has remanded the climate change lawsuit filed by the State of Delaware against a variety of fossil fuel companies (including the oil majors) to state court. This lawsuit is…
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35 Groups Urge Governor Carney to Oppose Biogas Infrastructure Development in Delaware

Today, 35 groups from across the Delmarva region issued a letter to Governor Carney, urging his opposition to factory farm biogas infrastructure development moving forward in Delaware. The controversial Bioenergy DevCo biogas scheme in Sussex…
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Climate Change Rally Ends at Biden’s Wilmington Home

By Associated Press   01/09/22  
At least 40 climate activists assembled outside President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home on Saturday afternoon. The movement, called Occupy Biden, has been camped out round the clock at 909 Centre Road since Christmas Day and…
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Small Engine Warehouse joins trend seeking more sunshine power in Delaware County for 2022

By David Penticuff   01/04/22  
While two energy companies are eying farmland in the northern part of the county and the city of Muncie has been pressing ahead with plans for a solar field at the site of a former…
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Ørsted selected to expand windfarm area off Delaware coast

By Chris Flood   12/31/21  
The Maryland Public Service Commission announced Dec. 17 it has selected Skipjack Wind 2, an offshore wind clean energy project proposed by Ørsted, for a 20-year Offshore Renewable Energy Credit.
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Report highlights dirtiest power plants in Delaware

By Kristian Jaime   12/29/21  
An energy watchdog group recently released a report outlining the dirtiest power plants in the nation.
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Report highlights dirtiest power plants in Delaware

By Kristian Jamie   12/22/21  
The report, by Find Energy, an independent website that compares local electricity providers and solar installers throughout the United States, states carbon dioxide emissions are increasingly affecting populations with electricity generation being one of the…
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Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost   12/21/21  
As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.
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Groups to share $11.5M in federal funding to clean up, boost access to Delaware Watershed

By Zoe Read   09/20/21  
Rivers in the United States have been dammed for centuries, which has interrupted the flow of species — from salmon in the Pacific Northwest to shad in the Mid-Atlantic. Keeping those waterways free flowing and…
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The science behind the Delaware Valley’s tornado summer

By Kenney Cooper   09/04/21  
Hurricane Ida’s leftovers sent seven tornadoes ripping through the Delaware Valley, bringing the summer’s tornado total up to 17 across the region. If it feels like a historic (wind) shift is happening, that’s because it…
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Delaware Seeks Data on Climate Change’s Impact on Insurance

Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has announced Delaware’s participation in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey, an effort to assess how the impacts of climate change will reverberate across the insurance…
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Delaware Farmers Talk Soil Conservation, Climate Change

By Michael Short   07/31/21  
“I planted green early (last year) and the slugs ate my breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said at a July 16 discussion and press event with Sen. Tom Carper to discuss soil conservation practices and the Growing…
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Delco plans to take land from Archdiocese to create county’s largest park

By Frank Kummer   06/17/21  
Delaware County Council moved Wednesday to use eminent domain to take control of 213 mostly forested acres known as the Don Guanella tract owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a private developer and turn…
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Adapting to climate change isn’t new for state’s Indigenous peoples

By Chris Flood   06/10/21  
According to Lenape Indian Chief Dennis Coker, Delaware’s Native Americans have been dealing with the impacts of environmental changes such as sea level rise for thousands of years. When the grassed plains of the outer…
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These Delaware Farmers Are Reclaiming Their Land

By Lisa Dukart   06/08/21  
The 40-acre sweep of land comprising most of Dittmar Family Farms in Felton is almost unrecognizable after several years in the hands of its new owners, husband-and-wife duo Jenny and Zach Dittmar. Where once the…
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Refinery renews plea for reform of biofuel standard as credit prices inflict more financial pain

By Jon Hurdle   05/28/21  
The owner of Delaware City Refinery is trying again to get some relief from renewable fuel credits it is required to purchase, and it’s getting support from Delaware’s Congressional delegation and Gov. John Carney
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How climate change impacts Delaware agriculture

By Holly Quinn   05/17/21  
Delaware is growing as an agtech state, and there is no agricultural issue that is more pressing than climate change. But what are the issues that ag-focused technologists should be thinking about?
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Coastal marshes help mitigate climate change. So why is this Delaware marsh contributing to it?

By Sophia Schmidt   05/07/21  
Coastal wetlands are considered key to mitigating climate change, because their plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in soil even faster than forests do. But research at a salt marsh near Dover…
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More than two years after chemical leak, Delaware Croda plant still making fixes

By Mark Eichmann   03/08/21  
Croda’s ethylene oxide plant has been out-of-commission since Thanksgiving weekend 2018. That’s when a leak of ethylene oxide wreaked havoc with holiday traffic on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, which sits just a few hundred feet…
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Delaware announces regulation to phase-out HFC chemicals

By Nick Ciolino   03/04/21  
Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) recently announced new restrictions on substances called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which it says are hundreds of thousands of times more potent than C02 in contributing to…
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DNREC publishes planned regulations for phasing in greener refrigerants

By Delaware Business Now   03/03/21  
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that new hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) regulations were published March 1 in the state’s Register of Regulations.
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New Regulation Requirements Aimed at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Effective Sept. 1

Taking aim at greenhouse gases and accelerating the state’s engagement in working to curtail global warming, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced today that a new hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) regulation will be…
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Fracking Banned in the Delaware River Basin!

By Marisa Guerrero and Kimberly Ong   02/25/21  
Today marks an important day for public health and environmental protection: fracking is now banned in the Delaware River Basin. 
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Delaware to boost renewable energy requirements by 2035

By Mark Eichmann   02/10/21  
Wind, solar, and other renewable sources will make up a bigger chunk of Delaware’s energy supply by 2035. In 2005, the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act mandated that Delaware’s energy providers derive 25% of their…
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Sierra Club, some House Republicans not happy with 40% renewables mandate

By Delaware Business Now   02/03/21  
Not everyone is happy with recently passed legislation that will boost electricity from renewable energy from the 2025 figure of 25 percent to 40 percent by 2035. State Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown, sponsored the bill.
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Delaware legislature approves 40% renewable energy goal

By Jacob Owens   02/02/21  
A bill to push Delaware’s renewable energy mandate up to 40% by 2035 flew through both sides of the state legislature in less than two January weeks, and now awaits the signature of Gov. John…
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‘It’s refreshing’: Delaware Sen. Carper applauds Biden’s climate moves

By Mark Eichmann   01/27/21  
For the past four years, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware fought the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back environmental protections as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
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Newark electric customers get a 100% renewable option

By Delaware Business Now   01/27/21  
The Newark City Council has adopted an ordinance that will allow customers to pay a few dollars a month to get 100 percent of their electricity from nonfossil fuel sources.
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Renewable Energy Standards bill passes State Senate

By Roman Battaglia   01/21/21  
State lawmakers spent a hefty amount of time debating new renewable energy standards Thursday.
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Renewable Energy Initiative Benefits, Costs Addressed

By Mark Fowser   01/20/21  
Delaware’s use of renewable energy would significantly increase under legislation introduced in the State Senate. It’s designed to expand the volume of energy generated from renewable sources to 40 percent by 2035.
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Firefly, Bees, Poppy Under Endangered Species Act

The insects are the Bethany Beach firefly, Franklin’s bumblebee, Gulf Coast solitary bee and Mojave poppy bee, a solitary and specialist pollinator that depends on a plant species called the Las Vegas bearpoppy, also named…
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Tools for climate change to be discussed

By Delaware State News   01/06/21  
The challenges of climate change in coastal Delaware, as well as solutions and tools to better understand the impacts, will be the focus of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ upcoming Citizens Advisory Committee…
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CIB, state climatologist to dive in to local climate-change tools, solutions

The challenges of climate change in coastal Delaware, as well as solutions and tools to better understand the impacts, will be the focus of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ upcoming Citizens Advisory Committee…
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