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News Journal: SEU worries about its own sustainability

Delaware’s energy efficiency program has a small, tenuous funding stream, and needs new ideas to pay for programs if it is to stay relevant, the group’s executive director said.

The Sustainable Energy Utility is a not-for-profit organization charged by state law with enacting energy efficiency and small renewable programs for Delaware residents and businesses.

The organization’s executive director, Tony DePrima, said at Thursday’s board meeting that the SEU can expect about $3.8 million in annual revenue. The vast majority of this comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a nine-state cap-and-trade pact. There’s no guarantee this money will be there in the future, he said.