Philadelphia, PA - Harry Warren, President of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES) and Tom Kehoe, Founder of Yards Brewing Company (Yards), today joined Philadelphia and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials to launch the Philadelphia Green Power Community Challenge. Special WGES wind power offers to PECO service territory customers are now available.
Sponsored by the EPA, the Green Power Community Challenge encourages cities, towns and municipalities and their local government, businesses and residents to use green power products, such as wind power, to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.
Through September 2012, Philadelphia's residential customers who purchase 50% or 100% WGES CleanSteps® WindPower can save up to ten or five percent, respectively, over PECO's current electricity rates; business customers are also eligible for special WGES CleanSteps® WindPower offers.
"Staying with green power and renewing our 100% WGES CleanSteps® WindPower contract for three years is part of our company philosophy of 'going the extra yard,'" said Yards Owner and Founder Tom Kehoe. "We want to make measurable differences on our environment and thank WGES for making the process easy and affordable. We encourage other Philadelphia businesses and residents to make the switch to wind power and support this Challenge."
Choosing WGES CleanSteps® WindPower is good for both Philadelphia and the environment. Each purchase supports Philadelphia's quest to be the nation's #1 Green Power Community and every 10,000 kWh of WGES CleanSteps® WindPower has the environmental equivalency of taking one car off the road for a full year.
"We commend Yards Brewing Company for their environmental leadership and thank them for signing a new 100% WGES CleanSteps® WindPower agreement as part of this initiative," said Harry Warren, President of Washington Gas Energy Services. "As a leading competitive energy supplier, we are committed to providing customers with options that include green energy products. We look forward to supporting Philadelphia residents and businesses in their efforts to reach their goal."
To learn more about the Green Power Community Challenge and WGES CleanSteps® WindPower offers, visit www.greenpowerphilly.com, or call a customer care agent at 1-888-884-WGES (9437).
About Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.
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. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named WGES the Green Power Supplier of the Year in the non-utility category. 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
About Yards Brewing Company
Founded in 1994 by Tom Kehoe, Yards Brewing Company has quickly become Philadelphia's leading craft brewer. Originally producing cask-conditioned ales out of a small garage-sized brewery in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Yards has expanded three times, most recently to a new state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility on Delaware Avenue to satisfy demand for its Signature, Seasonal, and Revolutionary Ales. Yards Brewing Company is Pennsylvania's first 100% wind-powered brewery. Yards earned the 2009 Penn Future Green Power Turn it On! Award and was named the 2010 Green Business of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about Yards Brewing Company at yardsbrewing.com.