Delaware Electric Cooperative installs its 100,000th meter

GREENWOOD — Delaware Electric Cooperative has installed its 100,000th meter, a major milestone for the not-for-profit utility founded back in 1936, according to a news release.

The 100,000th meter was installed to serve a pole barn on the property of Erica Campbell outside of Greenwood in Sussex County. The property was one of the first electrified by the Cooperative in the late 1930s – DEC’s Kratz Substation, the first to be built by the Co-op, is located about one mile away from Ms. Campbell’s property.

DEC was founded by a group of farmers back in 1936. Minus installation of poles and wires in rural areas of the state, the farmers pooled their money together, secured loans and transformed the Delaware countryside one farm at a time.

According to Co-op President and CEO Bill Andrew, “It only seems appropriate that the Co-op’s 100,000th meter will power a barn, near a farmhouse dating back to 1900. We were founded to serve our rural communities.

“While a lot has changed since 1936, we are very proud of our history and are excited to be able to serve Erica Campbell and so many other farms, homes and businesses in Kent and Sussex counties.”

To mark the occasion, Ms. Campbell was given a model Co-op bucket truck, DEC hat and other goodies.

“It really is an honor,” she said. “This is a momentous occasion and we’ve been very happy with the Co-op’s service over the past two years.”

DEC’s Master Meter Technician Gary Pusey, who will retired at the end of the month after 48 years, set the 100,000th meter.

According to Mr. Pusey, “It’s quite an honor, I was thrilled when Bill asked me to do this. It has been a good ride which is coming to an end in three weeks.
“This has been a great place to work and I’m very thankful.”

The Cooperative is adding more than 3,000 meters per year. DEC has doubled in size since 2000. By the end of 2019, the Co-op said it will likely provide electrical service to more than 102,000 meters.

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