BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has been selected as a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. BGE, along with sister Exelon utilities ComEd, based in Chicago, and PECO, based in Philadelphia, will be honored for their long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.
Since the inception of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program in 2009, a suite of programs intended to help customers reduce energy usage, the company has received nine awards in total and now receives its fifth Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency efforts. The company was commended for its continuous contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering information, services and products to BGE customers to increase energy efficiency.
“BGE is proud to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for the fifth year in a row and to accept this award on behalf of our customers, who have truly made the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program a success,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. “Working together with BGE, our customers have achieved significant milestones by strongly supporting BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program with energy efficient actions and by taking advantage of rebates and other incentives intended to help them control and decrease their energy usage. Receiving the EPA award is a true testament to the diversity and strength of our energy efficiency program portfolio. We are pleased to accept this award and share it with the BGE employees who work tirelessly to design, implement and improve our programs and our customers.”
BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program features a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficiency programs, intended to help customers reduce energy usage and demand in support of EmPOWER Maryland. BGE customers have achieved annual energy savings of more than 1.9 billion kilowatt hours (kWh); equivalent to the electricity use of more than 197,000 homes for one year, as a result of their participation in the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® since its launch.
In addition to the EPA award, the success of BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program has been recognized by energy industry leaders and other organizations. Some of the honors and awards include:
- Chartwell Best Practices Silver Marketing Award
- American Marketing Association Baltimore Chapter - Best Event Marketing Award
- S.E.E. 2014 Industry Excellence Award: Rates & Regulation
- The Association of Energy Services Professionals Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pricing & Demand Response
- Platts Global Energy Efficiency Program of the Year - Energy Supplier
- Smart Grid Customer Education Award for BGE Smart Energy Rewards.
“BGE is helping transform the market for energy efficiency by leading in implementing ENERGY STAR programs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Using ENERGY STAR resources, BGE is broadening access to energy-saving approaches that grow the economy and protect the climate.”
Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.
About the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program offers financial incentives and technical assistance to BGE customers in an effort to promote energy efficiency throughout Maryland. The program offers energy-saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, non-profits and institutional customers. Customers participating in the program are able to save money, reduce energy usage and improve power quality. Collectively, BGE Smart Energy Savers Program offerings help contain the cost of energy, improve power reliability, reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, delivering 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, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
About ENERGY STAR:
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).