Herndon, VA. - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) with the 2011 Green Power Supplier of the Year Award in the non-utility category. The award recognizes non-utility providers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources.
"At WGES we strive to provide meaningful, innovative and sustainable clean energy options to all consumers," said Harry Warren, President of Washington Gas Energy Services. "We are honored to receive this national environmental leadership award. We thank our loyal customers and the Department of Energy for recognizing our efforts to provide market-driven, cleaner and greener, electric and natural gas energy options to business, government and residential customers."
In presenting the award to WGES, the DOE noted that the company is one of the largest and most experienced competitive energy suppliers in the mid-Atlantic region and has a history of innovative green energy leadership. WGES was the first company in the area to include wind power in their 2002 standard electric offer, buying renewable energy from the first wind farm to come online in the local region. Customer response has accelerated in recent years; from 2009 to 2010, the company's wind power load has more than tripled. In the past three years, the company has further expanded its green energy portfolio to include commercial solar projects and natural gas products matched with carbon offsets.
"When customers choose WGES as their energy supplier, they have the ability to choose green products that can reduce their carbon footprint," says Warren. "In 2010 alone, WGES customers have helped offset more than 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking almost 90,000 cars off the road for an entire year."
For more information on the Green Power Leadership Awards, visit The Green Power Network website at: http://greenpower.energy.gov/awards/awards11.html.
About Washington Gas Energy Services
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive providers of electricity and natural gas in the mid-Atlantic region and supplies more than 350,000 customers in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., Washington Gas Energy Services is an affiliate of Washington Gas and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL). www.wges.com.
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