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For Immediate Release
Rhea Lewis Marshall
The company will mark milestone with customer events and community investments
BALTIMORE (Jan.11, 2016) — The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, founded as the Gas Light Company of Baltimore in 1816, will recognize its bicentenary with a series of events for company employees as well as customers and residents of central Maryland. The 200th anniversary milestone is significant to Baltimore, as well as the energy industry, as the company was the first gas company in North America. On June 11, 1816, artist Rembrandt Peale lit the first gas lamps in Baltimore at his museum on Holliday Street. Peale then incorporated the Gas Light Company of Baltimore on June 17, 1816. The company’s founding is among other notable “firsts” for Baltimore, including the country’s first railroad company and first post office system.
“Our employees are proud that BGE was an industry pioneer, and remains an innovator today as we develop tools to meet the changing needs of our customers,” said chief executive officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. “We look forward to sharing this milestone with our customers as we recognize both our Baltimore history and our commitment to the future of the central Maryland region.”
BGE’s long-term customer commitments include the investment of more than $5 billion in system upgrades and expansions, resulting in significant improvements to the customer experience. Customer benefits from the upgrades include the reduction in both the average frequency and duration of power service interruptions by 27 percent in 2014 over the average performance of the prior four years.
BGE has also invested in technology upgrades that provide customers with tools to better manage their energy use, such as the smart-meter enabled BGE Smart Energy Rewards Program.® Through this program, customers have earned more than $28 million in total bill credits since 2013.
With the ongoing theme “Moving Smart Energy Forward,” some of BGE’s bicentennial activities will include:
The company is also planning legacy gifts to its service area with a focus on education and community development. To learn more about these and additional 200th anniversary activities throughout the year, visit www.200bge.com
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers 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 nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on
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