WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) and Washington Gas announce that the January 2014 polar vortex drove customers to break the company’s record of natural gas sendout within a 24-hour period.
From 1 a.m. on January 7 to 12:59 a.m. on January 8, Washington Gas had a record daily sendout of 1.652 million dekatherms (dths) of natural gas, representing the total amount used by the company’s 1.1 million natural gas customers in the entire metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. That level is 8,000 dths higher than the previous record date of January 16, 2009, which was during President Barack Obama’s first inauguration weekend in 2009. This January has been so cold that a total of seven days this month have made the list of Washington Gas’ highest 25 ever natural gas usage days.
“With the extraordinary demand for natural gas during these incredibly cold days, our gas delivery system and our dedicated employees were able to continue to provide our customers with seamless, safe and reliable gas service,” said WGL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Gas, Terry D. McCallister. “We are extremely proud of our performance.”
As this season’s frigid air persists, Washington Gas customers can continue to rely on the company’s natural gas service and are encouraged to take steps to help keep their homes warm. Examples of this are to regularly replace the home’s air filter, set the water heater level to low or warm, and to caulk, weather strip, and insulate doors and windows.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL [NYSE: WGL] is a leading source for clean and efficient energy solutions. Through our affiliates and strategic relationships, the Company offers a diverse set of energy sources including natural gas, wind, and solar as well as a range of energy solutions – generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply, and efficiency – which serve customers in more than 25 states. WGL has five main operating units: Washington Gas Light Company, a regulated natural gas utility serving approximately 1.1 million customers in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area; Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., one of the largest natural gas, electricity and green energy suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic; Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a distributed generation and energy efficiency business, offering solar, fuel cell, combined heat and power, and other technologies across the United States; WGLMidstream, a wholesale energy solutions business, investing in and optimizing natural gas pipelines and storage facilities in the Midwest and Eastern United States; and Hampshire Gas, a natural gas storage business which owns and operates facilities in and around Hampshire County, West Virginia. As product and service innovation are critical for value creation and sustaining growth, we are continuously increasing our assets and investments in targeted clean energy sectors. This strategy supports WGL’s core business, as well as provides opportunity for growth through partnerships and investments. WGL’s diversity is its strength. We are dedicated to the sustainability of our business, the customers and communities we serve, and the environment. To learn more, visit www.wglholdings.com.