WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) today announced that it has installed a
Bloom Energy Server, as featured on 60 Minutes, at its
subsidiary's new state-of-the art Springfield Center. Washington Gas now
has a solid oxide fuel cell that converts clean natural gas directly to
electricity. Output from the unit is estimated to reduce CO2e
emissions by approximately 50 percent compared to conventional grid
electricity. The use of this technology at its Washington Gas facility
is consistent with the WGL Holdings Inc. vision to be the preferred
source of clean and efficient energy solutions that include natural gas,
electricity and renewable sources such as solar and wind.
"The installation of Bloom's clean energy technology was a natural
decision for Washington Gas and is consistent with our commitment to
environmental stewardship," said Terry D. McCallister, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. "We will
continue to seek innovative, eco-sensible technologies and process
improvements that can deliver both environmental and economic benefits
in every aspect of our operations."
According to Bloom Energy, the electrochemical reaction occurring within
the server generates electricity, heat, some H2O and pure CO2.
The fuel cell will run 24/7/365, providing approximately 35 percent of
Washington Gas' baseload power needs for the entire facility and will
almost eliminate all SOx, NOx and other harmful smog forming particulate
emissions. With the addition of the energy server, Washington Gas will
also avoid the enormously inefficient energy losses that occur with
conventional grid electricity.
"We salute the decision of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas in selecting
Bloom Energy Servers as a major source of clean, reliable on-site
electric generation that will help power the critical facilities of its
new Springfield Center, said K.R. Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and
Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Energy. "Washington Gas is
demonstrating the key attributes of our product — on-site dependable
electric generation with a significant decrease in greenhouse gas
Springfield Center and the energy server are located on 20 acres just
inside the Beltway in Northern Virginia. The new facility is targeting
LEED Gold certification, the second highest certification level awarded
by the U.S. Green Building Council. The design and technology used in
the new complex help support Washington Gas' goal to achieve a 70
percent reduction in its CO2e emissions from its fleet and
facilities by 2020.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings, Inc. has four operating
segments: (i) the regulated utility segment, which primarily
consists of Washington Gas, a natural gas utility that serves over one
million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the
surrounding region; (ii) the retail energy-marketing segment
which consists of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a third-party
marketer that competitively sells natural gas and electricity; (iii) the
commercial energy systems segment, which consists of Washington Gas
Energy Systems, Inc., a provider of energy efficiency solutions to
government and commercial clients and (iv) the wholesale energy
solutions segment, which consists of Capitol Energy Ventures Corp., a
non-utility asset optimization business.
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