Significant milestones include more than 300,000 customers enrolled in BGE’s PeakRewardsSM program and more than 6 million compact fluorescent light bulbs sold at discount prices offered at participating retailers
BALTIMORE, March 14, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced it has achieved significant milestones in its BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM, a suite of offerings intended to help customers reduce energy usage and demand in support of EmPOWER Maryland’s goal of a 15 percent per capita reduction in energy consumption by 2015. BGE customers have achieved an overall energy savings of more than 390 million kilowatt hours (kWh), equivalent to eliminating the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of nearly 34,000 homes, or nearly two times the number of homes in Annapolis, for one year.
Among the many accomplishments of the BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM to date is the enrollment of more than 300,000 BGE customers in BGE’s PeakRewardsSM program, designed to help ease peak demand for electricity in the mid-Atlantic region.
“Working together with our customers in the areas of energy efficiency, conservation and demand management has had many extremely positive outcomes, including the environmental benefit of reducing peak demand and energy consumption, thereby lessening the need for new power plants. Additionally, our customers enjoy the financial benefits of being smart energy managers, through programs such as PeakRewardsSM where customers receive bill credits of up to $200 per year in the first year of participation,” said Ruth Kiselewich, director, energy efficiency programs, BGE . “Since the inception of BGE’s PeakRewardsSM program, participating customers have helped Maryland reduce peak energy demand by nearly 500 megawatts (MW). This is equivalent to the generation capacity of a small power plant - or enough electricity to power 160,000 homes for one year.”
BGE’s Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM has achieved the following milestones:
· 6.3 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) sold through BGE’s Lighting Program which instantly discounts CFLs up to $2.50 per bulb at more than 300 participating retailers across BGE’s service territory;
· More than 15,000 Quick Home Energy Check-ups which can provide customers with immediate energy savings of about $50 a year and ideas for taking additional steps to reduce a home or apartment’s energy use;
· Savings averaging $400 per year on energy bills for more than 1,800 customers participating in BGE’s Limited Income Energy Efficiency Program;
· More than 330,000 PeakRewardsSM devices installed in homes throughout BGE’s Central Maryland service area;
· More than 60,000 thermostats and approximately 500 pounds of mercury recycled from old thermostats replaced with BGE’s PeakRewardsSM thermostats;
· Nearly 12,000 refrigerators and/or freezers recycled as part of BGE’s Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program; and
· Recycled 800,000 linear feet of fluorescent lamps, or the equivalent of more than 150 miles of straight tube fluorescent lamps in 2010 as part of BGE’s Small Business Lighting Solutions Program. Ballast recycling has kept 73 tons of waste out of area landfills.
As well as achieving these milestones, the success of BGE’s Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM has been recognized by the energy industry and other organizations. Some of the honors and awards include:
· Platt’s Global Energy Award – Energy Efficiency Program of the Year;
· AESP 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Pricing and Demand Response Award for BGE’s Smart Energy Pricing pilot program;
· ENERGY STAR® New Homes 2010 Leadership in Housing Award for BGE’s energy efficient new homes program; and
· The Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association 2010 Best Local Marketing Campaign Award for their Energy Efficiency and Conservation Marketing campaign.
In addition, this past summer, BGE activated non-emergency cycling events under the BGE PeakRewardsSM program. During the events, the system experienced a load reduction of 443 megawatts during a one-hour period.
The BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM enables all customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills from where they otherwise would be. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability. The programs also help to reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants. BGE offers energy saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, non-profits and institutional customers.
For more information on the BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM, including rebates, discounts and how to enroll, visit www.BGESmartEnergy.com. In addition, energy savings tips and additional information can be found under the Frequently Asked Questions on the BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramSM web site.
BGE, www.bge.com, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 500 company also headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiaries that generate, sell and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.