Ammanuel Moore, Manager, Economic Development
Maryland’s energy level is at an all-time high when it comes to focusing on growing the economy. And as a partner in this effort, BGE works to support business attraction, retention and growth.
One of the first concerns that business owners have when choosing a location for their business is the cost of energy. Our
Smart Energy Economic Development (SEEDSM) program helps them save money by reducing energy and construction costs for qualifying new and expanding businesses in central Maryland – helping them create jobs and invest while invest more in their operations. So far more than a dozen approved businesses are participating in the program creating roughly 1,100 potential jobs.
Another way we help support business is through energy efficiency and conservation programs. Through our Smart Energy Savers program, businesses are able to manage energy costs through rebates on qualifying energy efficient equipment purchases, which also contributes to lower energy consumption. Since the program’s inception in 2008, business customers have saved more than $10M.
We are committed to working with our economic development partners to make sure businesses take advantage of our programs. We recently hosted our
Energizing Business Growth Breakfast where we highlighted our programs and shared ways in which we can help our customers find business success. It’s through these venues, our partnerships, and programs that BGE works to help strengthen the business community. If you’re an owner or operator and you’re interested in learning how we might help your business, I invite you to
explore our programs or
contact us. Wishing your business much success.
Richard Yost, Sr. Communications Specialist
Since its humble beginnings in 1982, Artscape has grown into America's largest free arts festival, attracting more than 350,000 attendees over three days. BGE is sponsoring this year's event to help celebrate our 200th anniversary.
Artscape takes place July 15-17 in the Mount Royal, Bolton Hill and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods of Baltimore. Join us at the BGE Main Stage at The Maryland Institute College of Art which will feature international and regional musicians like Wycleff Jean and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
BGE focuses our charitable contributions on four areas: education, environment, community development and arts and culture. We celebrate the role of arts in our neighborhoods and look to support arts and culture programs that contribute to the health and vitality of the BGE community. Artscape definitely fits the bill!
Our support of this and other corporate citizenship programs is made possible through the use of Exelon shareholder dollars. Exelon and its subsidiaries, including BGE, committed to maintaining an average of $7 million in annual charitable giving in Maryland in the decade following our merger.
This year's outer space theme, "Explore What's Out There," is inspired by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). Merging art and entertainment, Artscape offers an out-of-this-world experience – we hope you can find the time to blast off with us!
The event is free and will feature over 100 fine artists, fashion designers, visual art exhibits, sculptures, photography, live concerts on outdoor stages, delicious, international food and much more!
For more information visit, artscape.org
Aaron Koos, Sr. Manager Communications
The stars and stripes will be flying proudly for Independence Day, including the flags that are part of our Spring Gardens murals in South Baltimore.
The murals depict the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, less than two years before our company was founded as the first gas company in the country. That flag was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem that was eventually set to music as the national anthem of the United States, the Star-Spangled Banner.
Unlike today’s flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars, the Star-Spangled Banner had 15 stripes and 15 stars to represent the number of states in the union at that point. In Baltimore you can visit Fort McHenry, or the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House that was the home of Mary Pickersgill who stitched the flag. The actual Star-Spangled Banner is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
We’re excited that our murals help mark Baltimore’s proud Star-Spangled Banner history. We’re also proud to sponsor fireworks and Independence Day celebrations throughout our service area to help mark BGE’s 200th Anniversary.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth!
strikes fear in the heart quite like a glimpse of a steely gray shark fin. But
to BGE’s electric customers, fins can be a welcome sight. Around the BGE
service area, you have to look up to see the fins (no, it’s not a sharknado).
The fins are
triangular pieces of electric equipment that are installed on power lines. They
are a type of disconnect switch that crews call “shark fins.” They are used to
de-energize part of a power line when there is damage to the line.
The shark fins
allow customers on one side of the switch to have their service restored while
repairs can be made safely on the other side. That can greatly reduce the
duration of power outages. BGE has been installing these switches—nearly 2,000
of them —and other equipment to help segment the grid to limit the effect of
BGE fin is the “Fix-It-Now” or “FIN” crew. These skilled construction crews
have more capabilities and equipment to restore service safely and quickly. BGE
deploys FIN crews to help speed restoration efforts whenever possible.
The result of
BGE’s reliability investments and process improvements has been customers
experiencing fewer and shorter outages. Service reliability is the best in the
company’s history over the last several years.
So, as Discovery Channel airs its annual Shark
Week, keep an eye on the sky. You might just spot some fins.
Justin Mulcahy, Sr. Communications SpecialistMany graduations are
taking place this time of year and families like to mark these occasions with
mylar balloons. While festive, these balloons can pose a serious threat to
public safety if they aren’t properly tethered or disposed. If one of these
foil-coated balloons gets loose and makes contact with a power line or floats
into a substation, their metallic properties can lead to a surge of electricity
that can cause equipment to short-circuit, leading to power outages, fires or
How do you prevent this? It’s actually fairly
have been known to float for days and can end up having a negative impact on the
environment, so make sure to throw them in the trash when the party’s over.
never touch a power line and always assume that these lines are live. Keep
yourself and your belongings at least 10 feet away from power lines. If you see
a balloon entangled in an overhead power line, never attempt to retrieve the
balloon, rather contact BGE at 1-800-685-0123.
Ingrid D. Woods, Sr. Community Relations
is Paul’s Place? The mission of Paul’s Place is to be a catalyst and leader for
change, improving the quality of life in our communities.
Exactly one year
ago, I was fortunate enough to be accepted on the Board of Paul’s Place and
actively serve. One of the ways that I give back is by introducing others to
this wonderful gem through volunteerism.
According to the
Volunteer Coordinator at Paul’s Place, here are some impressive stats from 2015
regarding its volunteer program:
After the tour,
BGE employees participated in a unique morning ritual where all the volunteers
gathered in the dining-area, stood up to introduce themselves (in 10 seconds or
less) and recited readings and positive words for the day. Many of the BGE
employees shared how impressed they were with the programs and services.
volunteer, in particular, sent me a very nice email describing her volunteer
experience on April 13th at Paul’s Place:
I thoroughly enjoyed my task as a personal shopper while participating in such a
much needed and worthy cause yesterday at Paul’s Place. Paul’s Place is truly
an awesome one-stop shop that provides a friendly community oriented environment
that helps restore and gain the dignity of those in need. Ingrid, I commend you
for doing a great job and for coordinating and supporting a unique
organization. Let me know if you have anyone in need for a personal shopper for
The first Earth Day was
celebrated on April 22, 1970, with approximately 20 million Americans
participating in environmental activities or marching peacefully in favor of
environmental reform. Earth day is now observed in almost 200 countries and
celebrated by more than a billion people every year. Many communities now
celebrate Earth Week, and in fact, much of the month of April focuses on
environmental issues that the world faces.
saying, “Think Globally, Act Locally” encourages people to take action in their
own communities in grassroots efforts to preserve their local environment for
future generations. BGE and its employees have been committed to improving the
environment in the communities we serve for many years. This includes promoting
and educating customers about energy efficiency, partnering with communities in
neighborhood and park clean-ups, and protecting wildlife habitats.
This year, BGE
employees exhibited at several “Green Expos”, sharing information about energy
efficiency, conservation, and BGE programs which save customers energy and
money. Hands-on volunteerism also included partnering with the Audubon Society
in sprucing up an area in Patterson Park, planting a community garden with the
Community Action Council of Howard County, and participating in an area school
Earth Day Exposition. It is particularly rewarding to see students, who are the
future caretakers of the planet, become engaged at an early age.
stewardship is one of BGE’s core values, each year BGE awards grants to
organizations who initiate projects dealing with green space preservation,
wetlands restoration and habitat protection.
eligible for grants include education about the environment, energy efficiency,
and community engagement such as neighborhood and park cleanups, and pollution
The BGE Green
Grants Program opened on April 1, 2016, with grants ranging from $1000 to
$10,000. Any 501c3 nonprofit organizations within the BGE service territory
which have programs that demonstrate a commitment to environmental improvements
in the community are eligible to apply.
Applications for The Green Grants
program must be received by May 16, 2016. Eligible organizations may apply
online at www.bge.com/giving.
Ingid D. Woods, Sr. Community Relations SpecialistOn a brisk Saturday morning in April, BGE was among 50 volunteers from local
businesses that partnered with Better Business Bureau (BBB) at its 9th Annual
Shred Day. The goal of Shred Day was to bring about awareness to identity theft
by inviting the public and business communities to shred up to three containers
of sensitive documents per vehicle.
April 1, BGE announced the launch of the Smart Energy Workforce Development
program, a joint effort with local workforce development agencies and vocational
schools to increase awareness of job opportunities and hiring requirements at
At our kick-off summit, Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE, expressed
to over 30 organizations from central Maryland, our efforts to increase the
applicant pool for the BGE Utility Trainee program. The program helps
entry-level employees develop the fundamental skills needed to work safely on
our company’s natural gas and electric systems. He acknowledged that we are not
seeing the pool of entry-level employees that reflects the BGE community, and
also acknowledged there are a variety of challenges citizens
face, from socio-economic issues to insufficient exposure to these
was focused on addressing some of those challenges. To do so, BGE has
committed to helping governmental and nonprofit workforce organizations and
vocational schools prepare individuals for the Construction and Skilled Trade
(CAST) test, a utility industry standard that is a first step on the path to a
career in energy. Furthermore, BGE will be providing train-the-trainer workshops
to prepare these organizations’ instructors for leading the Test Preparation
Course. These efforts will allow organizations to learn how they
can help individuals be better prepared job applicants.
Michael Davenport, Manager, Community Affairs
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