For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE, May 13, 2015 – Summer is quickly approaching and Baltimore Gas and Electric
Company (BGE) is ready. In an effort to ensure reliable service for its 1.25 million customers, BGE has
implemented its summer preparedness program, SummerReady. This program positions BGE to manage
increased demands placed on the electric system as customers keep their homes and businesses cool in the
hot summer months. Through SummerReady, BGE conducts electric equipment inspections and
performs maintenance and upgrades. In addition, employees train on extreme weather events and other
summer scenarios. Summer preparedness is part of BGE’s ongoing investment in the reliability and
safety of the systems serving customers. This includes more than $5 billion invested in system upgrades
and expansions since 2002, and an additional $3 billion investment over the next five years.
“BGE works year round to make our natural gas and electric systems more reliable for our customers,”
said Stephen J. Woerner, president and chief operating officer for BGE. “Just as we prepare our systems
and employees to meet the demands brought by heat and extreme weather, we also work to educate our
customers about the many ways they can save energy and money in the summer.”
Electric customers with smart meters—more than 1 million customers this summer—are encouraged to
be ready to take advantage of Energy Savings Days, typically the hottest days of the year when electricity
use is at its highest levels. BGE will notify customers that an Energy Savings Day has been scheduled
and those who voluntarily reduce their electricity use on Energy Savings Days are eligible to receive BGE
Smart Energy Rewards®. These bill credits provide $1.25 for every kilowatt-hour reduced from 1 p.m. to
7 p.m. compared to typical usage. Eligible customers received more than $5 million in bill credits during
two Energy Saving Days during 2014’s relatively mild summer.
Participants in BGE’s PeakRewardsSM program receive bill credits by allowing their central air
conditioner and/or electric water heater to be cycled during periods of peak electricity usage. Last
summer, PeakRewards participants received nearly $23 million in bill credits. The more than 320,000
customers who participate in PeakRewards help reduce the likelihood of power outages. Participants
have saved approximately 428 megawatts—about the amount of electricity produced by a medium-sized
power plant—since the program was started.
Customers can follow these simple tips to save energy and money this summer:
Summer also brings the potential for severe weather such as thunderstorms and hurricanes, which can
cause power outages. BGE prepares extensively throughout the year for extreme weather, readying
equipment and testing emergency response systems. BGE closely monitors approaching weather
systems, assesses the potential impacts on its service area and ensures the appropriate resources are in
place before those storms arrive.
BGE encourages customers to be prepared for severe weather and the possibility of power outages, which
should be reported to 877.778.2222. Customers with smart meters should continue to report their outages
to BGE. Outages can also be reported online via BGE’s Facebook page and on the company’s mobile-enabled
website, bge.com. Customers can also visit bge.com to view the company’s outage map and find
information about storm preparedness and service restoration.
For more information on BGE’s SummerReady program, storm preparedness, storm safety and wires
down safety, visit bge.com/SummerReady.
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BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering power
to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central
Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery
of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental
stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the
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