For Immediate Release
BGE is investing more than $1.7 billion during 2018 in the electric and natural gas systems serving customers with safe and reliable energy
BALTIMORE (November 7, 2018) – BGE asks customers to prepare for winter weather which can cause heating systems to work harder in order to maintain comfort, increasing energy usage and average bills. To ensure that customers' energy needs are met this winter, BGE has completed natural gas and electric infrastructure system upgrades throughout its service area.
"Our dedicated employees work throughout the year to ensure that BGE can reliably provide energy to our customers, especially during the cold, winter months," said Stephen Woerner, president and chief operating officer of BGE. "We continue to innovate to offer tools and programs that can help our customers prepare their homes and learn to use energy more efficiently. This gives everyone more control over their energy costs during temperature extremes."
By the end of 2018, BGE will invest approximately $600 million in the natural gas system to provide safe and reliable service for customers. This work includes equipment inspections, repairs and replacements, preventive maintenance, and reinforcement projects such as the recently completed pipeline along Elvaton Road in Anne Arundel County. Since 2010, major gas system reinforcements have also been installed in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties. BGE has also secured natural gas contracts and filled its storage facilities to maintain gas supply for its customers.
BGE also replaces existing gas mains with durable new pipes that will deliver gas safely and reliably to communities well into the future. Part of this work involves replacing cast iron and unprotected steel mains at an accelerated rate under BGE's Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement (STRIDE) gas system modernization plan. Through STRIDE, BGE will have replaced more than 170 miles of gas mains and more than 35,000 service pipes connecting customers to the gas system by the end of 2018.
Electric system upgrades and maintenance in preparation for winter weather have occurred on schedule as part of the approximately $1.1 billion BGE is investing in the company's electric system during 2018. In addition to inspecting more than 4,500 circuit miles of overhead power lines and more than 40,000 utility poles this year, the company is also taking steps to minimize the threat to power lines by trees weakened by heavy snows and winter storms with $25 million in vegetation trimming near overhead lines.
As BGE prepares for winter, customers are reminded to prepare as well by following these tips:
Customers should also explore the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® to identify new ways to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills. The programs which support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act, have provided $537 million in rebates to BGE customers and have also helped nearly 2.2 million residential and business participants save nearly 3.6 million MWh of electricity. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability by reducing peak demand and slowing the growth in energy consumption. Energy-saving solutions are available to renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers. More information can be found at BGESmartEnergy.com. EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your electric bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your electricity consumption and save you money. Help in paying winter bills is also available to income-qualified customers. Call (800) 352-1446 or visit http://www.dhr.state.md.us and click on "Services."
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 power delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. J.D. Power's 2017 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM ranked BGE highest in customer satisfaction with business electric service in the east among large utilities. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.