Wilmington, DE

Wilmington is connected to the high-voltage grid through Delmarva Power, which also serves customers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and was integrated into PJM’s operations in 1981.

Population of Wilmington: 71,817*

Total Delmarva Power customers in Delaware: 305,000**

Total amount of megawatt-hours used (Delmarva Power in Delaware): 3,647,192***

Fun facts:

  • Delaware was the first state to enter the Union.
  • Most of United States Vice President Joe Biden’s political career was spent in Wilmington. As a U.S. Senator, Biden routinely took Amtrak between Wilmington and Washington, D.C. In fact, Wilmington’s Amtrak station is officially named after him.
  • Wilmington was the birthplace of Henry Heimlich, inventor of the life-saving Heimlich maneuver.
  • Chemical company DuPont was founded near Wilmington in 1802 as a gunpowder mill.

*2014 United States Census Bureau population estimate

**Delmarva Power

***2013 Energy Information Administration data

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