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Delaware Electric Cooperative names new CEO

Delaware Electric Cooperative
Greg Starheim

The Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) in Harrington has a new president and CEO.


Greg Starheim steps into the post, replacing Bill Andrew, who retired after serving as president and CEO since 2005.

“You know the opportunity presented itself earlier this year," Starheim said. "And I was given the opportunity to meet with the DEC Board on multiple accounts through a search committee and then with the entire Board. And I was just absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the organization.”

Starheim has experience with electric cooperatives, including a stint as CEO and general manager of Delaware County Electric Cooperative in New York. He most recently served as senior vice president of business and industry development at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation.

Starheim notes that the 107,000-member Delaware Electric Cooperative is highly respected and he hopes to continue Bill Andrew’s legacy.


He says the energy industry is currently undergoing an unprecedented transformation.


“The industry is very much becoming less carbon intensive in a very rapid manner - an incredibly rapid manner," Starheim said. "We are seeing the decarbonization of the economy as a serious need and it’s occurring in the industry - not just in the electric utility industry but of course other steadfast legacy - the auto industry is also of course going through incredible change as well.”  

Starheim says over the next two to five years he intends to ensure the Delaware Electric Cooperative maintains its commitment to technology and strong infrastructure.

He’s currently in the process of moving his family from northern Virginia to the Milton area.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.