Featuring a Bloom Energy Server — The First of its Kind on the East Coast
WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) today announced the official opening of
the new Springfield Center facility for its subsidiary Washington Gas.
Located on 20 acres just inside the Beltway in Northern Virginia, the
building features a Bloom Energy Server, most notably highlighted on 60
Minutes, to convert natural gas to electricity. The facility
is targeting LEED Gold certification, the second highest certification
level awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The design of 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. More than 21 percent of the building's
construction materials were harvested and manufactured in this region
and more than 31 percent of the building materials are from recycled
"Our new Springfield Center reflects the current state-of-the-art in
construction and energy efficiency, including an abundance of recycled
materials and reclaimed local wood," said Terry D. McCallister, Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. "The
installation of Bloom's clean energy technology was a natural decision
for Washington Gas and is consistent with our commitment to
environmental stewardship. 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."
The Bloom Energy Server is a solid oxide fuel cell that converts clean
natural gas directly to electricity. Output from the unit will reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40 percent compared to
conventional grid electricity, will provide up to 35 percent of the
electricity demand for complex, and will run 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year. The use of this technology at its Washington Gas facility is in
line 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.
"I would like to applaud Washington Gas for making the decision in 2011
to become our first East Coast customer," said K.R. Sridhar, Principal
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Energy. "Since that
time, we have enjoyed a great partnership and look forward to supporting
continued energy leadership by Washington Gas."
Washington Gas' commitment to reducing its carbon footprint is reflected
in the company's operating practices which target a significant
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its gas delivery system and
by upgrading and replacing infrastructure. Washington Gas' objective is
to realize at least a 12 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
for every therm of natural gas delivered in 2015, and at least an 18
percent reduction by 2020.
This commitment extends beyond Washington Gas and includes all of the
WGL Holdings' family of companies. WGL Holdings' retail energy marketing
business, Washington Gas Energy Services, is bringing renewable wind
electricity to customers in our traditional service territories and
expanding its offerings into new areas, such as Delaware and
Washington Gas Energy Services also provides a CleanSteps®
Carbon Offsets program, through an innovative collaboration with the
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, that allows customers to offset up to 100
percent of their natural gas usage.
Washington Gas Energy Systems, WGL Holdings' commercial energy business,
has a long history of providing sustainable and responsible design-build
energy solutions to commercial and government organizations, from the
local level up to the United States federal government, the largest
energy consumer in the nation. WGL Holdings' is one of the largest
owners and operators of solar photovoltaic installations in the
Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
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.
Additional information about WGL Holdings, Inc. is available on its
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