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Multi-Year Customer Relief and Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan (2021-2023)

bge-plan-graphic-header.pngBGE’s multi-year customer relief and energy infrastructure investment plan is designed to aid in the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to improve the energy delivery systems serving 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland.

The proposed plan details how BGE will invest $5 billion in the electric grid and natural gas system over the three-year period from 2021 to 2023. BGE filed the plan for review with the Maryland Public Service Commission in May 2020, and a decision from the commission is expected in December 2020.

Investing in better service for customers

Our proposed energy infrastructure investment plan includes more than 300 projects and maintenance programs to improve the reliability and safety of the energy delivery service we provide customers—powering a smarter, stronger, cleaner energy future. That means:

  • Enhancing energy infrastructure supporting the growth of important economic development sites.
  • Installing smart automation equipment to more quickly identify and circumvent damage to the electric grid and reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.
  • Replacing outmoded technologies to improve reliability, enable greater adoption of solar energy and electric vehicle charging and to increase capacity in areas where redevelopment adds additional customer demand.
  • Preparing the grid for extreme weather with continued tree trimming and vegetation management to ensure power line clearance and improve reliability during extreme weather events.
  • Replacing outmoded natural gas pipeline segments using modern technologies and installing over-pressurization protection equipment to improve safety and reliability.

Powering the local economy

During the next three years, our work will contribute to our region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:

  • 26,700 jobs supported
  • $15.33 billion in economic impact
  • $2.76 billion in labor income
  • Steady employment and financial assurance for our 900+ suppliers

Supporting communities in central Maryland

In conjunction with our three-year plan, we’ll do more to ensure our communities have the resources to serve those most in need. This includes:

  • Additional $1.5 million contribution to the Fuel Fund of Maryland.
  • $1 million in funding to county-administered business pandemic relief funds.
  • Establishing a small business relief grant program for small businesses to receive grants up to $20,000 each to help cover operating expenses.
  • Expanding the BGE Workforce Collaborative infrastructure academy (approximately 600 local residents will be trained and assisted with job placement over the next three years).
  • Extending payment arrangement plans to allow qualifying customers to spread balance payments over 12 months or longer.
  • Extending suspension of service terminations and waiving of new late payment fees to July 1, 2020.

Our nonprofit contributions are made using shareholder dollars and are not reflected in customer bills.

Impact on your bill

  • As part of this proposal, the base energy delivery rates BGE customers pay will be frozen at current levels through 2022.
  • BGE is requesting an 8.3 percent upward adjustment of rates (combined residential gas and electric) in 2023 to reflect the investments made over the life of the plan.
  • Beginning June 1, 2020, electric supply costs are dropping 2.8 percent for BGE standard offer service customers due to a reduction in wholesale energy costs. This results from a continuing trend of significant wholesale electricity cost declines over the last decade.

If the full 2023 upward rate adjustment is approved, the bill for an average residential customer receiving both electric and gas service from BGE will still be 22 percent lower than it was more than a decade ago.

Plan resources

Regulatory materials

BGE’s proposed energy infrastructure plan was filed under the multi-year plan pilot announced by the Maryland Public Service Commission in February 2020. Prior to the pilot, utilities were allowed to seek recovery of investments only after those investments were made, and regulators authorized future rates using those historical costs. Multi-year plans give regulators the opportunity to review and approve planned utility investments and corresponding requests for rate changes in advance—a forward-looking approach to authorizing new rates, giving customers more certainty about future changes in their gas and electric bill.


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