About WGL Energy
WGL Energy is an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.) and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.). Our calling as WGL Energy is to make energy surprisingly easy for everyone we serve.
Our Environmental Commitment
At WGL Energy, we are deeply committed to offering smart energy solutions that benefit you and the environment. As a champion of the environment, we've been helping our customers achieve their environmental goals as well as instituting our own environmentally responsible business practices. Our Herndon, Virginia location is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, our company facilities use 100% wind power. These ongoing efforts resulted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarding us with the prestigious 2014 Green Power Supplier of the Year Award. We were also honored with a 2013 D.C. Mayor's Sustainability Award, which recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship, innovation, pollution prevention and resource conservation, and is a reflection of our customers' involvement in helping to improve the environment.
As part of our environmental commitment to our customers, many of our energy products include a percentage of clean, emissions-free wind power or carbon offsets, enabling our customers to avoid billions of pounds of carbon emissions.
The positive environmental impact of WGL Energy customers is strong and measurable. In 2013 alone - through using wind power - WGL Energy customers avoided nearly 1.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to taking over 150,000 cars off the road for an entire year.
1. What is CleanSteps® WindPower and where does it come from?
CleanSteps WindPower is electricity generated from regional wind farms in states such as Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. To view a map of where Cleansteps® WindPower came from in 2013, click here. You can choose 50% or 100% CleanSteps WindPower for your home or business. It's an easy, cost-effective way for individuals like you to help improve regional air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
2. What is National WindPower and where does it come from?
National WindPower is electricity generated from wind farms throughout the United States. To view a map of where National WindPower came from in 2013, click here. You can choose 100% National WindPower for your home or business. It's an easy, cost-effective way for individuals like you to help improve the environment.
3. What is PA WindPower and where does it come from?
PA WindPower is electricity generated from wind farms in Pennsylvania. You can choose 50% or 100% PA WindPower for your home or business. It's an easy, cost-effective way for individuals like you to help improve the environment.
4. How does WindPower improve air quality?
Unlike conventional electricity that is generated by burning fuels such as coal or oil, electricity generated from wind power is emissions-free so it doesn't pollute the air we breathe.
5. How do I enroll for wind power with WGL Energy?
Switching to WindPower from WGL Energy is easy. All you will need to do is identify your utility company and enter in your Account/Customer Number or Electric Choice ID from your utility bill.
6. Will I have to get new power lines or install special equipment to receive WindPower?
No special equipment is needed; your electricity supply comes from WGL Energy and is delivered by your utility company. Your utility company will also continue to provide emergency and other services, such as reading your meter.
7. Will wind power cause any service interruptions?
WindPower does not cause any interruption in your electricity service. The local utility company maintains responsibility for safely delivering your electricity through its existing wires without any disruption in service.
8. When will I be switched over to WGL Energy once I sign up?
New customers should be switched after their next applicable meter reading, which usually takes about a month or two. WGL Energy supplier charges will appear on the bill mailed the month following the switch. Your electricity service is not affected when you choose WGL Energy.
9. Will I get a separate bill from WGL Energy?
No, you will not get a separate bill from WGL Energy. You will continue to receive your monthly electricity bill from your current utility company, with WGL Energy charges itemized separately on the same bill.
10. Why should I choose WGL Energy over my other green supplier options?
As a company we are deeply committed to offering smart energy solutions that benefit our customers and the environment. As a champion of the environment, we've been helping our customers achieve their environmental goals as well as instituting our own environmentally responsible business practices. Our Herndon, Virginia location is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, our company facilities use 100% wind power.
In recognition of our sustainability efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named Washington Gas Energy Services (now a part of WGL Energy) the Green Power Supplier of the Year in 2014, and the District Department of the Environment in Washington, D.C. honored the company with a 2013 DC Mayor’s Sustainability Award.
11. What is Green-e Energy?
Green-e Energy was established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions to provide information and an objective standard for consumers to compare renewable energy options, and to verify that consumers get what they pay for. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or log on to www.green-e.org.
12. What is a REC?
Your purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) will support electricity production in the United States. You will continue to receive a separate electricity bill from your utility. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced. The purchase of RECs helps offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. The purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity and may have other local and global environmental benefits such as reducing global climate change and regional air pollution. For more information about RECs, please visit www.green-e.org.