The Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., founded in 1816 as the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, will recognize its bicentenary with a series of events for company employees as well as customers and residents of central Maryland.
The 200th anniversary milestone is significant to Baltimore, as well as the energy industry, as the company was the first gas company in North America. On June 11, 1816, artist Rembrandt Peale lit the first gas lamps in Baltimore at his museum on Holliday Street. Peale then incorporated the Gas Light Company of Baltimore on June 17, 1816.
BGE’s long-term customer commitments include the investment of more than $5 billion in system upgrades and expansions, resulting in significant improvements to the customer experience. Customer benefits from the upgrades include the reduction in both the average frequency and duration of power service interruptions by 27% in 2014 over the average performance of the prior four years.
BGE has also invested in technology upgrades that provide customers with tools to better manage their energy use, such as the smart-meter enabled BGE Smart Energy Rewards Program. Through this program, customers have earned more than $28 million in total bill credits since 2013.
With the ongoing theme “Moving Smart Energy Forward,” some of BGE’s bicentennial activities will include the following events.
- Customer Appreciation Month at the Orioles: BGE customers and employees will be eligible for discounted tickets at 12 games in June
- BGE-sponsored Independence Day celebrations in Baltimore City and all counties in BGE’s service area: July 2–4
- Partnership with the nonprofit Art with a Heart to design and install 100 mosaics in communities throughout central Maryland
- Lead sponsorship of the “Light City” festival in Baltimore, the first international light festival in the United States celebrating innovation and creativity: Baltimore, March 28–April 3
- An anniversary book, Baltimore Gas and Electric at 200 written and published by the Maryland Historical Society, to be distributed to BGE employees, retirees and community partners in June 2016. A free version also will be available online.
The company is also planning legacy gifts to its service area with a focus on education and community development. For more information, visit www.200bge.com.