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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is set to send refunds to more than 40,000 Delaware customers and another nearly 29,000 Maryland customers.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the state Division of the Public Advocate announced the refunds tied to overbilling will start being issued this week. A Tuesday statement by the state agency that helps utility customers says the average refund for residential customers equals about $15. Public Advocate Drew Slater says qualified customers will see the money in their monthly bill.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking Delaware utility regulators to approve increases in its electricity and natural gas bills.

The company's request to increase its distribution system improvement charges was to be considered Tuesday by Public Service Commission regulators.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking state utility regulators for permission to build a liquefied natural gas storage facility in northern Delaware.

According to a docket filing last week, the facility would be built on property near Red Lion that is already home to a Delmarva Power substation and a Bloom Energy fuel cell generation facility.

Delmarva is proposing to build five 100,000-gallon gas storage tanks, with the possibility of adding five more to meet future customer demands.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are being urged to reject a challenge to a deal under which Delmarva Power customers are forced to pay tens of millions of dollars to a California-based fuel cell manufacturer.

Public Service Commission staff and Delaware's public advocate say the commission has no authority to change the tariff deal between Delmarva Power and Bloom Energy. The commission is scheduled to discuss the matter Tuesday.

Ocean City has decided to pick up some renewable energy from a deal to build a 10-megawatt solar project over 113 acres.

The resort will partner with Constellation, an Exelon energy company.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort will get 3.5 megawatts of power while Eastman Chemical Company with get the rest.

The facility will be located around 10 miles west of Ocean City with a ground breaking ceremony set for Thursday morning at the intersection of Routes 50 and 90.

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It’s snow time on Delmarva.

In Delaware New Castle County could get as much as 12-to-18 inches before the storm moves off on tonight.

Kent County is expected to see 6-to-8 inches while Sussex County could receive as much as 4-to-6 inches.          

Governor John Carney has issued a state of emergency that will allow Delaware National Guard Units to assist with the response to the storm.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are urging Delaware's Public Service Commission to reject Delmarva Power's latest request to raise electricity rates.

The Delaware Public Advocate and Public Service Commission staff is urging commission members to deny the rate increase at their meeting Thursday.

BAY CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials on Maryland's Eastern Shore are asking residents to shelter in place after severe weather overnight caused extensive damage and knocked out power to thousands.

Queen Anne's County Emergency Services Director Scott Haas said at a news conference early Monday that emergency workers have transported one person with a puncture wound that wasn't considered life-threatening. He says officials are headed out to assess the damage.

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A lawsuit has been filed in the deaths of an eight member family in Princess Anne from carbon monoxide poisoning.

In 2015 Rodney Todd and his seven children died at their home after using a generator when their electricity was turned off by Delmarva Power.

Authorities ruled their deaths an accident.

Todd’s ex-wife and mother filed suit against the power company in U.S. District Court on behalf of the family and the estate.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking punitive damages but not amount has not been specified.

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There were 13-thousand Delmarva Power customers without electricity this morning in the aftermath of the winter storm that brought, snow, sleet and rain.

The company hopes to have restored power to all of its customers by either late today or by noon tomorrow.

Its crews are getting assistance from other local utilities.

Most of the outages on Delmarva occurred in New Castle and Cecil counties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that power has been restored to 76-thousand customers since the storm.

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Delmarva Power will be upping its customers’ electric bills by $10.40 a month or a 7 percent increase.

The hike was approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

The increase is effective February 15th.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Delmarva Power says it needed the money to help pay for $330 million it laid out for upgrades it carried out from 2012 to 2015.

The power company had sought $66 million from the commission last year but wound up with $38 million from the hike this year. 

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Some 130-thousand homes in New Castle County will be seeing their natural gas bills go up this winter.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a 6 percent increase or a hike of $6.63 per month on residential customers.

The paper say that means a jump from an average $114 a month to $121.

Delmarva Power says the hike represents the transportation and purchase costs for natural gas.

The company points out that customers have experienced a $48 reduction in their overall gas bills since 2010.

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A power outage hit Milton residents last night when a tractor trailer struck a utility pole.

The outage caused many to get up in the dark for school and work this morning.

WBOC reports that Delaware State Police say that a 39 year old man was driving a truck with an Allen’s Family Foods Trailer northbound on Harbeson Road.

When he got to Carpenter Road the driver missed the curve in the road and overcorrected before slamming into the pole and overturning.

Delmarva Power pushed back the time for restoring power to 8 a.m.

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Tropical Storm Hermine is headed our way and could dump as much as 5 inches of rain on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City is clearing life guard stations from the beach.

Rip currents were being reported yesterday at the resort.

In Crisfield officials are waiting to decide if they will go ahead with the annual National Hard Crab Derby.

Also set for Labor Day is the annual Skipjack races and organizers hope the storm will be over by then.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power says it is anticipating increased demand for electricity throughout the area Friday as hot weather continues to scorch the mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Friday that includes northern Delaware, with temperatures near 95 degrees and a heat index of up to 101 degrees.

Delmarva Power says the region's power supply should be sufficient to meet high demand, but that customers can help conserve energy and save money through incentive programs during the period from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The electric bills in Delaware could shoot up again.

Delmarva Power has filed a request with the state Public Service Commission to hike rates to a total of $63 million.

The company says that for the Christiana-area residents their bills could go up another $10 for an average of $151 a month.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they could go up again by another $13 a month for the transmission line to connect the Artificial Island Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey with Delaware.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delmarva Power is asking Delaware regulators to approve higher base rates for the company's electric and natural gas customers.

Under rate proposals unveiled Tuesday, a typical residential customer's electric bill would increase by $10.23 per month, more than 7 percent higher than the existing rate.

The company is also seeking to increase its natural gas rates, which would result in a typical residential customer paying $13.55 more per month, more than 10 percent higher than the current rate.

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With the oncoming snow storm Maryland and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as Delaware Governor Jack Markell urges residents to prepare for the winter blast.

Delaware is expected to be hit the hardest on Delmarva with up to 8 inches in Sussex County while in Salisbury the snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches deep.


The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard watch for New Castle and Kent counties, while Sussex County is under a winter storm watch.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware utility regulators are mulling a request from state lawmakers to require Delmarva Power to give customers more information about their electric bills.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Public Service Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal by lawmakers to require more transparency on electric bills regarding the costs of legislatively-mandated initiatives such as renewable energy portfolio standards, and the qualified fuel cell provider project aimed at helping Bloom Energy.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources has issued a code yellow air quality-alert today.

That means it is unhealthful for those in sensitive categories like, the elderly, those with lung or heart conditions and those who are very young.

It is not recommend that anyone do strenuous outdoor activities.

This will be the fourth code orange day in the First state this summer

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New Castle County and other parts of Delaware are recovering damage caused by severe thunderstorms and gusty winds that tore down trees and wires.

The winds reached up to 60 mph.

Two buildings at the Delaware River Industrial Park LLC near Wilmington were damaged last night.

In addition, the Wilmington News Journal reports there were a number of incidents in which local homes were struck by lightning.

The paper reports 8 units at the Mobile Home Village and Apartments on New Castle Avenue suffered damage.

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The storm that moved through the region last night left some 63-thousand customers without power last night in Delaware and Maryland.

Late last night the company was able to bring that figure down to just over 23-thousand in the northern portion of the region.

The crews worked through the night restoring power after severe thunderstorms, high winds and intense rain hit the power grid.

The company also used contractors to help in the work.

But…the weather is still warming up with some temperature having reached the mid-90’s.

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In the wake of the deaths of a family of 8 earlier Princess Anne last month Somerset County resident and former NAACP leader Kirkland Hall says it’s time to change the way utilities turnoff power.

He wants them to be required to get in touch with law enforcement before cutting off power when it is found that a resident has been using a stolen or illegal meter.

The Todd family died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a portable heater after their power was shut off by Delmarva Power.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Delmarva Power says it did not cut off power to a family of eight who died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning because they were behind on their utility bills.

Spokesman Matt Likovich says the utility discovered a stolen electric meter had been illegally connected to the rental home where the family was living since November.

The utility says the meter was disconnected for safety reasons on March 25.

Rodney Todd and his two sons and five daughters then used a generator for power. They were last seen alive on March 28.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A relative says a man found dead with his seven children in a Maryland home was trying to keep them warm with a generator after power was cut over an outstanding bill.

Lloyd Edwards told The Associated Press that his stepson, 36-year-old Rodney Todd, had bought the generator to keep his two sons and five daughters warm, adding he believes "carbon monoxide consumed them."

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Snow has swept across Delmarva bringing as much as 6 inches to some parts of the region.

Schools have been closed and government offices have shut their doors as residents begin to assess the damage.

Stockley, Delaware received 6 inches of snow while Millsboro experienced 4.7 inches.

New Castle saw got 2.2 inches while Greenville received 2.6 inches.  

DART First State has suspended its fixed route, flex service and paratransit service.

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The intersection of U.S. Route 50 at Hobbs Road just east of the Salisbury Bypass will be temporarily closed to traffic for multiple 15 minute intervals on Saturday night (January 24th) beginning at midnight. 

This will enable work crews from Delamrva Power to install new power lines on a nearby overhead structure.

There will be no detours during the temporary lane closures.

For inclement weather, the rain date would be Sunday morning January 25th.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gusty winds have taken down trees, causing power outages in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Delmarva Power reported more than 2,000 customers had lost electricity on Sunday morning. The outages were centered mostly in New Castle County and Cecil County, Maryland.

By mid-afternoon, Delmarva Power was still showing outages affecting about 1,500 customers.

In the Lewes area, the Delaware Electric Cooperative reported about a dozen customers lost service.

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Power outages were reported this morning in Pike Creek and Hockessin.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says a number of traffic signals went dark in the Hockessin area.

Drivers were urged to use caution and lower their speeds.        

Meanwhile, Delmarva Power said there were around 17-hundred customers who lost electricity in the Pike Creek area around 9:30 a.m.

Full service was expected to be restored by 11 a.m. 

Power Outages on Delmarva After Storm

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of power outages have been reported in Delaware after heavy rain and wind brought down a number of trees and wires.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 370 Delmarva Power customers lost power in the Claymont area south of Interstate 95 just before 5 a.m. Thursday. Another 200 lost power across New Castle County, lower Delaware and nearby Maryland.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative says about 50 members are without service, mostly in Sussex County.