For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Jan. 25, 2017) – During its inaugural year of operation, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) Bloom Energy Server produced more than 2,000 megawatt hours (mWh) of electricity, reducing the production of carbon dioxide by nearly 3,000,000 pounds.
“BGE joined progressive companies and organizations like Google, Apple and NASA when the decision was made to implement this technology. By continuously innovating we can ensure that we can help meet our customers’ evolving needs and demands,” said BGE President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Woerner. “Hands-on experience with leading edge technologies like this fuel cell unit enables BGE to provide customers with the support they require as they develop clean, sustainable energy solutions.”
The Bloom Energy Server provides approximately half the energy needs of the company’s Lord Baltimore Building in Windsor Mill, Md. Its fuel cell technology converts natural gas into electricity through an electro-chemical process rather than combustion, reducing carbon emissions and eliminating smog forming air pollutants, like nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. The installation of the unit demonstrates the company’s commitment to finding and using reliable and cost effective clean energy sources whenever possible.
The natural gas powered unit went into operation on Dec. 31, 2015 and ran at full capacity for 353 days in 2016 year. The unit reduced the production of nitrogen oxide by 18,000 pounds and sulfur oxides by 28,000 pounds. The CO2 avoided was the equivalent of taking 281 cars off the road for a full year.
In addition to the Bloom Energy Server, BGE also powers its operations with two solar arrays, a 155 kW unit that provides electricity to its Spring Gardens location in south Baltimore and a 170 kW unit at its White Marsh Training Center.
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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and engage with the latest BGE stories on bgenow.com.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Region of the 2019 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Large Segment of the 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of gas and electric utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.