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July 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM EDT

Washington Gas Joins with Trillium CNG to Open Public Natural Gas Fueling Station in Frederick, Md.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At a formal ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Frederick, Md., Washington Gas celebrated the opening of the first of three public fueling stations for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The station, located at Washington Gas' facility at 1800 N. Market Street in Frederick, is owned by Washington Gas and will be operated and maintained by Trillium CNG, a leading provider of CNG fueling services for more than 20 years.

"Compressed natural gas is a clean, affordable alternative to diesel fuel and gasoline, and this station marks an important step in making CNG more accessible to both privately owned vehicles as well as commercial fleets," said Gautam Chandra, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Non-Utility Operations for Washington Gas and its parent company, WGL. "In addition to the environmental benefits, CNG vehicles also can offer significant fuel savings and stability. We are proud to add this CNG station to the spectrum of energy answers we offer at WGL."

Currently in the United States, there are more than 150,000 natural gas vehicles operating on roadways with more than 100 different models of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles available to the public or to commercial fleets, according to NGVAmerica. Natural gas vehicle engines are very similar to conventional engines, but run quieter, and emit far fewer hydrocarbons, toxins and greenhouse gases than vehicles that burn petroleum fuels. They also produce 90% less airborne particulate matter, which is a leading cause of respiratory diseases like asthma. In addition, domestic natural gas supplies are abundant, with more than 99 percent of natural gas consumed in the U.S. produced in North America, providing additional energy security.

Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner, commented, "I applaud Washington Gas for introducing the first publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station in the county. Residents and businesses will have access to a low cost vehicle fuel source that is cheaper than regular gasoline or diesel and has many environmental benefits compared to conventional motor fuels. Frederick County Government has been on the cutting edge of sustainability with our hybrid and electric vehicles, so we welcome this new station as the next step in bringing increased eco-friendliness to Frederick County residents, and we look forward to more advancements for a greener future."

The Frederick station will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will accept all major credit and fuel cards. Later this summer, Washington Gas and Trillium CNG will open a second public CNG fueling station in Forestville, Md. A third station is being planned for the District of Columbia.

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., the company has been providing energy to residential, commercial and industrial customers for more than 166 years.

About WGL

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 Energy delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.), WGL Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.) and WGSW, Inc. 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, visit us at www.wgl.com.

About Trillium CNG

Trillium CNG is a leading provider of CNG to fleets, and also offers complete facility design, construction, operation and maintenance services. Our focus is on fueling heavy-duty fleets that require high-performance solutions. For more information, visit www.TrilliumCNG.com. Trillium CNG is a business unit of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. ‘(NYSE: TEG)'.

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