Edgewater, Md. and Herndon, Va. - The Brick Companies announced today that all of its properties in Maryland, including six commercial buildings, two golf clubs and two marinas are now powered by 100 percent CleanSteps® WindPower from Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES). The purchase of approximately 11.6 million kWh of WGES wind power will help reduce greenhouse gases and is equivalent to taking more than 1,500 cars off the road for one year.
"Committing to purchase 100 percent of our electricity from wind power provides an economic benefit based on our historic energy costs and represents another step toward our goal of being a leader in environmental stewardship," said Lex Birney, CEO of The Brick Companies. "This means that our employees, tenants and customers can be assured that by supporting us, they are also supporting green resources and clean energy."
Commercial properties within The Brick Companies' Maryland portfolio include Montrose West in Rockville; Lakefront at Washingtonian in Gaithersburg; 600 Washington Avenue in Towson; The Brick Companies Center in Edgewater; The Union Box Building in Baltimore; and the Lusby Center in Lusby. The Brick Companies also owns Atlantic Marina Resort and Atlantic Marina on the Magothy in Pasadena; The Golf Club at South River in Edgewater, and Queenstown Harbor on the Eastern Shore.
By purchasing WGES CleanSteps® WindPower, The Brick Companies and their tenants and customers are helping the environment and supporting an alternative energy source. In 2011, total customer purchases of WGES CleanSteps® WindPower have helped prevent 1.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the environment, equivalent to taking more than 105,000 cars off the road for one year.
"We commend The Brick Companies for their environmental stewardship," said Harry Warren, President of WGES. "As a leading competitive energy provider, we are committed to offering customers with options that include green products. It is rewarding to partner with businesses such as The Brick Companies who recognize that their choice of alternative energy products can produce a substantial and positive impact on our environment."
Under Maryland law, businesses and residents can shop for electricity and natural gas commodities from competing energy suppliers. As of June 2012, more than 534,000 residential and business consumers combined in Maryland are taking competitive electric supply and exercising their right to energy choice.
About The Brick Companies
The Brick Companies (TBC), a privately held company based in Edgewater, Maryland, owns, develops and manages commercial, residential and recreational properties "For Working, For Living, For Fun" Properties in the TBC portfolio are located in and around the Baltimore/Washington metro area. Some of its assets include Queenstown Harbor on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Golf Club at South River in Edgewater, Md., the Atlantic Marina Resort on the Patapsco and Atlantic Marina on the Magothy in Pasadena, Md., and approximately 1,000,000 square feet of commercial buildings in Maryland and Virginia. Moreover, the company is committed to environmental and social responsibility, as demonstrated by its "green building" philosophy and its support for charities and social causes through The TBC Foundation. TBC successfully completed a 12x12 Challenge to lower overall company electricity consumption by 12% by 2012. For more information, visit www.thebrickcompanies.com.
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