Washington Gas Earns Top Utility Environmental Champion Ranking in U.S. Survey
Washington Gas Light Company, a WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) company,
has been named a Top Utility Environmental Champion of 2018, according
to a new Cogent Reports survey of utility customers nationwide conducted
by Market Strategies International. The results designate the top 43
utilities throughout the country that have shown dedication to
environmental stewardship and are published in a report called Utility
Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™: Residential.
Washington Gas was recognized based on a study of 62,565 customers,
served by 131 of the largest residential gas and electric utility
providers, who were asked to rate their utility company's commitment to
the environment. The survey scored an Environmental Dedication Index
compiled from consumer ratings of five critical environmental
attributes, including being committed to using environmentally friendly
energy sources, providing tools and programs to help customers conserve
energy, supporting environmental causes, encouraging green initiatives
for buildings and vehicles, and seeking ways to protect the environment.
"We are excited to earn recognition that is based on direct customer
input as one of the top utilities in the industry for our firm
commitment to environmental stewardship as a core corporate value," said
Adrian Chapman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Washington Gas.
"Our continued dedication to protecting the environment is reflected in
our own sustainable business practices as well as our ongoing
initiatives to help our natural gas customers to reduce carbon
emissions, adopt energy efficiency strategies and support a clean energy
Several Washington Gas programs and business practices contributed to
this recognition, including:
Washington Gas operates more than 220 natural gas vehicles in its
fleet and maintains LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design)-certified buildings such as its operations center in
Springfield, Va., and Northwest
Station fleet facility in Rockville, Md.
By 2025, Washington Gas has committed
to operating completely carbon neutral facilities and fleet across all
the WGL companies, to achieving a 38 percent reduction in carbon
emission intensity per therm of delivered natural gas, and enabling
customers to save energy and switch to renewable options that will
avoid the equivalent of 18 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
By investing in natural gas infrastructure, including accelerated pipe
replacement programs in all three of its jurisdictions, Washington Gas
has been able to reduce the emissions intensity from its natural gas
distribution system by 20 percent.
In addition, Washington Gas energy efficiency programs help its
natural gas customers save energy and reduce costs. The company was
as a distinguished leader in initiatives supporting ENERGY STAR
® -certified natural gas products and rebates, including
ENERGY STAR smart thermostat and natural gas water heater promotions
which resulted in high customer participation.
In 2017, Washington Gas was named as a Most
Trusted Brand and Customer
Champion utility company by Cogent Reports. Washington Gas serves
more than 1.1 million customers in the Washington D.C. area, and has
delivered safe, affordable and reliable natural gas for 170 years.
For more information about WGL's sustainability practices, please visit
the company's 2017 Corporate Performance Report: http://2017cpr.wgl.com/sustainable-legacy.html.
About Washington Gas
Washington Gas Light Company is a regulated natural gas utility
providing safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 1.1 million
customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. A
subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL), the company has been providing
energy to residential, commercial and industrial customers for 170
years. For more information, please visit washingtongas.com
and follow us @washingtongas on Twitter.
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source
for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and
assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL
Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas,
electricity, green power and energy services, including generation,
storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our
calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our
employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a
homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state
and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask
Us. For more information, please visit wgl.com
and follow us @WGLanswers on Twitter.
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