Philadelphia, Pa. and Herndon, Va. - Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) announced today that PECO, PPL, Penelec and MetEd customers now have the option of switching their electricity generation to clean, WGES PA WindPower, wind energy solely produced in Pennsylvania. Residential customers and businesses can visit www.wges.com/pawindpower and switch to WGES as their electricity provider when they sign up for either 50% or 100% WGES PA WindPower.
"At WGES, we strive to provide our customers with sustainable energy options that are better for the environment," said Harry Warren, President, Washington Gas Energy Services. "WGES PA WindPower supports the Pennsylvania economy and improves local air quality."
Residential customers who sign up with WGES by December 22, can take advantage of low introductory rates for 50% WGES PA WindPower and 100% WGES PA WindPower. Competitive rates are available for business customers as well. Currently, both 100% and 50% WGES PA WindPower cost less than the now discontinued PECO WINDSM option, and 50% WGES PA WindPower for residential customers also costs less than PECO's current standard electricity rate. Prospective customers can learn more at www.wges.com/pawindpower.
As part of the product launch, WGES joins ChoosePAWind, a coalition of wind power developers, wind industry manufacturers, green electricity suppliers and environmental supporters. ChoosePAWind is the state's go-to resource for consumers and businesses to learn about the positive economic impact of Pennsylvania's wind power industry and how they can contribute to improved air quality by switching to clean, Pennsylvania-harnessed wind energy.
"WGES is a regional energy leader with a track record of innovative and earth-friendly products," said Jim Spencer, President and CEO of EverPower Wind Holdings and founder of ChoosePAWind. "Their commitment to Pennsylvania-sourced wind energy supports the efforts of ChoosePAWind to provide a strictly Pennsylvania green product."
WGES PA WindPower is the latest addition to the WGES portfolio, reconfirming the company's commitment to providing green energy options for their customers. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy named WGES the Green Power Supplier of the Year in the non-utility category.
The power for WGES' wind product will initially come from Lookout Wind Farm in Somerset County. Annually, the farm is capable of producing 37.8 megawatts of electricity or enough power for 37,000 homes.
"Pennsylvania has become one of the largest producers of wind power in the nation," said Spencer. "There are now up to 4,000 jobs in the Commonwealth supported by wind. This is not just about clean energy, it is about the future of our economy."
ChoosePAWind.com is designed to increase awareness of Pennsylvania's wind industry and inform energy buyers about the options available to choose clean, renewable energy developed right in Pennsylvania. The organization works with businesses, non-profit organizations and local governments. ChoosePAWind was launched early in 2012.
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 or www.wges.com/pawindpower
ChoosePAWind is an initiative to encourage energy consumers in the state to power their businesses and homes with energy from Pennsylvania wind farms. Its mission is to educate consumers about the environmental and economic benefits of using local, Pennsylvania-sourced wind energy. More support means more wind farms in Pennsylvania, bringing more jobs, investment dollars, and economic stimulus to local communities while producing zero emissions. For more information, visit www.choosepawind.com.
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