Exelon and Delmarva Power announced the opening of Delaware State University’s (DSU) Renewable Energy Education Center, which was made possible by a $720,000 Delmarva Renewable Energy Workforce Development grant provided by the two companies.
The grant is among the commitments Exelon made as part of its merger with Pepco Holdings in March of 2016. The $180,000 donation to launch the center is the first installment in a four-year commitment.
The Renewable Energy Education Center will help increase access to clean energy and advance the state’s goal to get 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
The center will work to establish the state’s baseline of renewable energy literacy and usage; improve the infrastructure and capacity of renewable energy education, research and extension; and offer certificate programs and credentialing services in renewable energy.
“Exelon and Delmarva Power are committed to supporting innovative programs that help states achieve their renewable energy goals and support workforce development in the communities where we live and work,” said Dave Velazquez, Pepco Holdings president. “Programs like this will play a critical role in preparing our workforce for the clean-energy jobs of tomorrow.”
“This support from Exelon and Delmarva Power enables DSU to further diversify its research portfolio and enhance the work already being done by our faculty scientists and students in the energy field of study,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “The establishment of a Renewable Energy Education Center here on campus not only expands the University’s academic possibilities, but also makes DSU an energy education resource and therefore a greater asset to the state of Delaware and beyond.”
Together with Exelon, Pepco Holdings and Delmarva Power are providing Delaware with a package of merger benefits worth more than $45 million, including residential customer bill credits, residential arrearage forgiveness, workforce development funding and energy efficiency program funding for low income customers.
In total, the combined companies are delivering a package of direct benefits worth more than $440 million across the Pepco Holdings territories, including Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey, Delmarva Power in Delaware and Maryland and Pepco in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The benefits include steps to make energy more affordable, reliable and sustainable, as well as investments in local jobs and economies.