For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Feb. 7, 2017) –
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today rededicated the first gas streetlamp in the country at a ceremony held at the corner of North Holliday and East Baltimore Streets in downtown Baltimore. The gas streetlamp was first lit on Feb. 7, 1817 by BGE's predecessor, the Gas Light Company of Baltimore.
"In 1816, artist Rembrandt Peale had a need to light his art museum so visitors could view his paintings and he later had a vision to light the streets of Baltimore," said Alexander Núñez, senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. "As the founder of BGE's predecessor—the first gas light company in the country, his legacy of innovating for customers still drives our employees today. We are focused on delivering energy reliably and safely and on creating new tools that enhance our customers' lives and businesses."
Peale first lit up a room in his museum on Holliday Street using a ring of burning gas on June 11, 1816. Eight days later, the mayor signed an ordinance allowing the Gas Light Company of Baltimore to begin lighting the streets. That became a reality on Feb. 7, 1817, when the first gas street lamp was lit at a ceremony on Holliday Street.
"It is fitting that we remember the innovation of the past and rededicate this historic lamp at a time when the city of Baltimore and BGE are seeking opportunities to work collaboratively in the best interest of our residents and businesses, including making streetlight improvements," said Jim Smith, chief of strategic alliances for the office of the mayor. "It is with great pride and enthusiasm that the city of Baltimore congratulates BGE on this important milestone."
The spirit of innovation that lit the first streetlamp carries through to today as part of BGE's commitment to advancing smart energy. From electric vehicles to solar panels to energy efficient LED lighting, BGE is constantly looking for innovative ways to embrace technology and exceed customer expectations.
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.