Delaware Electric Cooperative’s 2023 Annual Meeting was one for the record books. More than 3,000 members were in attendance, and everyone enjoyed a night of great food, live music and fun for the whole family at the community fair.

Members also had their voices heard by voting in the board election and on the bylaw amendments. All four incumbent DEC directors — Bruce Walton, Bruce Henry, William Haughey Jr. and Hunter Emory — were reelected to their positions on the board. Bylaw amendments, including the capitalization of the word “Cooperative” within the bylaws; an update to language referencing legal partnerships in the state; and grammatical changes, were all also approved by the membership.

The business meeting that followed dinner included remarks from CEO Rob Book. During his presentation, Book covered a variety of topics impacting your cooperative, such as its continued efforts to increase system reliability, storm response measures and preparations for the influx of electric vehicles and solar systems on electric infrastructure.

Despite significant changes in the energy industry, the Co-op is confident in its ability to provide members with affordable, reliable and sustainable power. In 2022, DEC set another record for reliability, recording its most reliable year. The DEC team remains committed to developing more innovative strategies to keep members’ lights on.

–Report by Chelsea Wootten, Communications Specialist, Delaware Electric Cooperative.