Volume 13, Issue 87 September 26, 2016
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WGL Achieves Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Goals
Editor's Note
Higher Prices, Despite Record Storage
Renewable Energy
Solar Power…It’s Not Just for Large Enterprises Anymore
Upcoming Events
ICYMI: WGL Energy Announces Schedule of Fall Events
Natural Gas Fundamentals
Natural Gas Storage Update
Rig Count for Natural Gas
NYMEX Natural Gas Monthly Settlements for the Past 12 Months
NYMEX Values per Month for the Forward 12 Months
NYMEX Graph for Natural Gas - 12 Month Average Price per Therm at the Louisiana Well-Head
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WGL Achieves Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Goals
Reductions exceed targeted carbon reduction goals and qualify as early achievements


WGL announced this week that it has met and exceeded two aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals four years early, as part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship.

Washington Gas, a WGL company, achieved a 74 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions from its fleet and facilities and a 20 percent reduction in methane emissions for every unit of natural gas delivered, exceeding goals of 70 percent and 18 percent, respectively, by 2020.

“WGL is dedicated to sustainability as a core company value

and I am proud of the efforts of our employees, contractors and

communities who have made it possible for us to exceed these

objectives ahead of schedule.”

Terry McCallister,
Chairman and CEO


Bureau Veritas North America  provided an independent verification of the GHG emissions for both 2008 (the baseline year) and 2014, validating the reduction. Washington Gas surpassed its emissions reduction goals earlier than projected through several initiatives, including:

• Establishing a LEED Gold-certified Washington Gas operations headquarters in Springfield, Virginia. The facility uses Bloom Energy server fuel cells that use natural gas to generate electricity, producing almost half the emissions of conventional grid electricity, and employs a wide range of energy efficiency technologies.

• Deploying nearly 200 natural gas vehicles in the Washington Gas fleet.

• Accelerating pipeline replacement programs in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to enhance the efficiency, safety and reliability of its natural gas system. 

The combination of fleet, facilities and gas supply (intensity) measures has avoided approximately 312,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from 2008 until 2014. It would take more than 8 million trees 10 years to eliminate the equivalent amount of CO2. A fact sheet is available for more details on both of the achievements. In addition, you can view a video on the fleet and facilities result below:

“WGL is dedicated to sustainability as a core company value and I am proud of the efforts of our employees, contractors and communities who have made it possible for us to exceed these objectives ahead of schedule,” said Terry McCallister, Chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc and Washington Gas.

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