The Delaware Municipal Electric Corp. is the state’s first utility to have third-party verified savings for energy efficiency initiatives accepted by the Delaware Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.

DEMEC previously submitted the report, detailing more than $3.1 million in total savings, before the state’s evaluation, measurement, and verification subcommittee, where it also received unanimous support.

DEMEC initiated a streetlight conversion project in 2014 to provide its members with LED streetlights at a group discounted price. Installations began in 2016 after a full request for proposal process to find the best vendor for the project. Upon completion, DEMEC hired Vermont Energy Investment Corp. as an independent third party to verify and evaluate the savings achieved. State contractor Optimal Energy also verified the report and that it meets standards set by Regulation 2105 as administered by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Energy and Climate.

Five of DEMEC’s nine members participated in the program: Lewes Board of Public Works, Newark, Seaford, Smyrna and Dover. Nearly 2,500 LED streetlights were installed, saving almost 1.1 million kilowatt hours each year with a total savings of over 19.6 kWh over the course of the streetlights’ estimated lifetime.

Through the streetlight conversion project, 768 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions are avoided each year within the state of Delaware. This equates to taking 162 passenger vehicles off the road or eliminating the emissions from more than 86,000 gallons of gasoline.