To get to zero by 2050, Delaware must cut climate pollution by
0.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in Delaware

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


Delaware's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    14% of Delaware's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of Delaware's 358,000 buildings.

    In fact, 42% of buildings in Delaware are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 208,000 dirty buildings in Delaware. That's around 8,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.41.73% have been electrified, and the remaining 58.27% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 14% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    33% of Delaware's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 416,000 vehicles in Delaware and 2,000 are already electric (0.5% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 414,000 gas-powered vehicles. That's around 15,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.5% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.5% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 33% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    17% of Delaware's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Delaware

    1 coal plant

    Name: Indian River
County: Sussex
Megawatt Capacity: 804
Utility: Indian River Operations Inc

    Indian River
    Sussex County
    804 MW

    8 gas plants

    Name: Garrison Energy Center
County: Kent
Megawatt Capacity: 361
Utility: Garrison Energy Center LLC

    Garrison Energy Center
    Kent County
    361 MW

    Name: McKee Run
County: Kent
Megawatt Capacity: 151
Utility: NAES Corporation - (DE)

    McKee Run
    Kent County
    151 MW

    Name: NRG Energy Center Dover
County: Kent
Megawatt Capacity: 118
Utility: Energy Center Dover LLC

    NRG Energy Center Dover
    Kent County
    118 MW

    Name: Warren F. Sam Beasley Pwr Station
County: Kent
Megawatt Capacity: 96
Utility: Delaware Municipal Electric Corp

    Warren F. Sam Beasley Pwr Station
    Kent County
    96 MW

    Name: Van Sant
County: Kent
Megawatt Capacity: 45
Utility: NAES Corporation - (DE)

    Van Sant
    Kent County
    45 MW

    Name: Red Lion Energy Center
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 25
Utility: Diamond State Generation Partners, LLC

    Red Lion Energy Center
    New Castle County
    25 MW

    Name: Brookside Newark
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 3
Utility: Diamond State Generation Partners, LLC

    Brookside Newark
    New Castle County
    3 MW

    Name: AGT001 Centerville Fuel Cell
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 1
Utility: 2016 ESA Project Company, LLC

    AGT001 Centerville Fuel Cell
    New Castle County
    1 MW

    5 oil plants

    Name: Hay Road
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 1,193
Utility: Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation LLC

    Hay Road
    New Castle County
    1,193 MW

    Name: Edge Moor
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 710
Utility: Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation LLC

    Edge Moor
    New Castle County
    710 MW

    Name: Christiana Substation
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 52
Utility: Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation LLC

    Christiana Substation
    New Castle County
    52 MW

    Name: West Substation
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 20
Utility: Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation LLC

    West Substation
    New Castle County
    20 MW

    Name: Delaware City
County: New Castle
Megawatt Capacity: 19
Utility: Calpine Mid-Atlantic Generation LLC

    Delaware City
    New Castle County
    19 MW

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 793 Megawatts of wind power and 825 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Delaware already has 1 Megawatts of wind and 23 Megawatts of solar, that's 802 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 802 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 28 Megawatts of wind power and 29 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 3% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 17% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 35%🔌 Power: 17%🚗 Transport: 33%🏠 Buildings: 14%

    The last 35% of Delaware's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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