It's not too late to give your two cents on Delaware's energy future

Heather Clark

The deadline for Delaware residents to give their input for the state’s new Five-Year Energy Plan has been extended. Residents now have until June 15 to go online and access the survey.

The Governor’s Energy Advisor Council must update Delaware’s Energy Plan. The GEAC will then meet during the next seven months to complete the energy planning process. T

he original deadline of the survey, which began in April, was May 31, but it was extended two weeks to encourage more people to participate, said Melanie Rapp, public affairs spokeswoman for Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Guiding principles for the effort include the following:

- Increasing energy and end-use efficiency and conservation.

- Reducing the environmental impacts of energy used and generated in the state.

- Reducing energy used for transportation.

- Maximizing clean energy economic development opportunities.

- Maintaining and improving the reliability and security of Delaware’s energy systems.

- Minimizing energy-related costs and impacts on Delaware citizens.

Energy issues on the survey include transportation energy costs, climate change, land use issues, greenhouse gas emissions, agricultural energy use, energy technology-based economic development and more.

Those without Internet access from home can log on at their nearest Dela­ware library. The Delaware Division of Libraries sponsors the Community Resources Ex­­change Initi­- ative and encourages residents to take the survey at their library and learn more about the resources available there.

The survey can be accessed by June 15 at or www.dnrec.dela­ For more information, call the Delaware Energy Office at 735-3480.

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