Even before the nation's first Earth Day in 1970, BGE had been monitoring environmental performance and taking actions to ensure continuous improvement. As part of our environmental management commitment, BGE employees continue to work to preserve and improve the quality of the environment.
Safeguarding Our Natural Resources
A core element of our company's commitment to the environment is protecting the wildlife, forests, plants and waterways in our communities as we provide for our customers' energy needs. This is a commitment embraced by each of our businesses.
As an example, BGE has adopted a comprehensive avian protection plan to reduce bird mortalities due to electrocution. Plan components include establishing new distribution line construction standards for raptor protection, removing or relocating nests, providing employee training on avian management guidelines and establishing bird perch deterrents.
Preserving plant life is another important objective for BGE. When a major line relocation project would have resulted in pole placement too close to several rare plants, BGE adjusted its plans rather than risk damaging the plants.
Helping Customers Use Less
BGE also encourages energy conservation measures and energy efficient choices, and is fully committed to helping customers use less energy and save more money. Visit www.bgesmartenergy.com for more information.
Beautifying and Preserving Our Communities
During a major street reconstruction and beautification project in Annapolis, BGE partnered with the city to place unused poles in areas frequented by ospreys. We also built osprey platforms for each pole. The city of Annapolis recognized BGE's work with a Greenscape Award, while applauding the company's support of other "green" initiatives benefiting the city, including the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium revitalization, Poplar Trail Right Tree/Right Place effort, and the ad hoc funding of tree planting in two parks.
Electricity Facts (Supply Mix)
Power plants can generate electricity from a number of different fuel sources, resulting in different emissions. BGE will report fuel sources and emissions data to customers twice a year, allowing customers to compare data among the companies providing electricity service in Maryland.
Electricity supplied from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011
PJM Regional Data adjusted for BGE Renewable Energy Credit purchases*
The following distribution of energy resources was used to produce electricity in the PJM Region.
|* Black Liquor
|* Blast Furnace Gas
|* Captured Methane Gas
|* Solid Waste
* Renewable Energy Resources Subtotal
BGE Supply Mix represents the Maryland RPS requirement of 7.5% (4.95% Tier I, 2.5% Tier II, and 0.05% Tier 1 Solar Standard) and the balance of 92.5% is simply the PJM "Residual Mix."
Average Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulfur Dioxide (SOx), and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions for the PJM Region.
||Lbs. per MWh
||Percentage of PJM Regional Average|
|Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
|Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
|Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
The emission levels shown are based upon the PJM "Residual Mix" and approximate the emission rate for electricity generation in the PJM. CO2 is a "greenhouse gas" which may contribute to global climate change. SO2and NOx released into the atmosphere react to form acid rain. Nitrogen Oxides also react to form ground level ozone, an unhealthful component of "smog."