Milford electric rates remain among lowest in state with upcoming 4.8% power cost adjustment

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City of Milford electric rates will be increasing due to a rate increase from DEMEC, but still remain one of the lowest in the state

The City of Milford, a community electric utility powered by the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), will be increasing the current Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) by $0.00686 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to $0.02124 per kWh for energy usage in 2024.  Customers will see the new rate on City of Milford utility bills in February.

This power cost increase is primarily due to a DEMEC budget adjustment.  The passthrough results in a 4.8 percent increase in electric bills for the average household and small business accounts in Milford. Commercial accounts in Milford can expect an increase ranging from about 3.0 to 5.3 percent depending on demand, load factor, seasonality, and time of use.

Even with this rate increase, bills are comparable to the City’s rates dating back six years.  Additionally, the City’s overall electric rate continues to be among the lowest rates in the state of Delaware, proving that the City is controlling the variables that are able to be controlled, while market forces are pushing power rates higher across the region.

“DEMEC continues to represent Delaware’s public power cities and towns, including the City of Milford, with rate stability and power cost containment among its highest priorities,” Finance Director Lou Vitola said, “and while certain cost drivers in the wholesale power market are beyond control, DEMEC understands the market and positions its members for success now and into the future.”

To help offset this increase, the City encourages customers to utilize Efficiency Smart ( for rebates and an electric usage monitor, insulating windows, purchasing a water heater jacket, utilizing the City’s budget plan and servicing their HVAC system. Reducing your household energy consumption by 2.7 kWh per day will completely offset the last two rate adjustments.

Questions regarding utility billing or the upcoming PCA can be directed to the City’s Customer Service Department at 302-422-6616.

The City of Milford, incorporated in 1807 and located in Kent and Sussex Counties along the Mispillion River, is home to 11,000+ year-round residents, 500+ retail businesses and non-profits, local restaurants, parks, trails, small town events, major healthcare providers, an historic shipyard, and its own school district.  Known throughout the state as River Town, Art Town, Home Town, the City celebrates the beauty of its natural resources, the ingenuity of its people and its commitment to quality of life.

DEMEC was incorporated in 1979 as a public corporation constituted as a Joint Action Agency and a wholesale electric utility. DEMEC represents and serves the following municipal electric distribution utilities located in the State of Delaware: City of Newark, MSC of the City of New Castle, Town of Middletown, Town of Clayton, Town of Smyrna, City of Milford, Lewes Board of Public Works, and City of Seaford.

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