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For Immediate Release


Justin Mulcahy

$500 BGE 'Bright Ideas' Teachers' Grants Available for In-Classroom Innovation Projects

Applications for inaugural program due by Oct. 31, 2017

BALTIMORE (Sept. 15, 2017) –Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)  is now accepting applications for the 2017 inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers' Grants program. All kindergarten through 12th-grade in-classroom teachers within the BGE service area that focus on innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the environment or energy efficiency are eligible to apply at Applications must be received by Oct. 31, 2017.

Eligible teachers can receive a grant of up to $500 for in-classroom use to fund qualifying projects. 20 grant winners throughout BGE's service area will be announced in November.

"At BGE, we recognize that the future of our company and even as a society greatly depends on the educated youth of tomorrow," said Valencia McClure, vice president of governmental and external affairs and corporate relations for BGE. "This new grant program helps teachers introduce vital lesson plans and innovative tools into the classroom to help our future generation realize their full potential."

BGE provides $1 million annually for education programs across its central Maryland service area through its charitable contributions programs. The company has also provided nearly $300,000 to winners of BGE's energy safety programs for children: The Wires Down Video Challenge for electric safety and Captain Mercaptan Natural Gas Safety Contest.

BGE supports many education-related programs to include:

  • Captain Mercaptan Natural Gas Safety Contest – winners receive up to $10,000
  • Wires Down Video Challenge electric safety contest– winners receive up to $10,000
  • BGE Scholars Program – scholarships for college students in BGE's service area
  • Construction of therapeutic playground at the Kennedy Krieger School's Fairmount Campus – $250,000 BGE grant
  • National Association of Women in Construction – students received hands-on exposure to gas and electric construction work at BGE's training center
  • Gas and electric safety curriculum
  • Grants to non-profit organizations

Since its founding in 1816, BGE has partnered with Maryland communities to enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in the areas of energy efficiency, the environment, education, economic and community development, and emergency response and safety.

More information on the Bright Ideas Teachers' Grants program is available.


BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017, 2018, and 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM  BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In the J.D. Power 2018 and 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Studies SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service among utilities in the East Region. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Connect with BGE on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and engage with the latest BGE stories on

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