Volume 16, Issue 12 April 8, 2019
In this Issue
Why Renewable Energy Matters
Editor's Note
Spring Ushers In Warmer Temperatures
Energy Management
Energy Efficiency Tips for Restaurants
Local Heating Degree Days*
Why Renewable Energy Matters
Benefits for the environment and beyond


Environmental benefits are commonly touted as a key impact of using renewable energy. After all, around a quarter of all carbon emissions come from electricity generated from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas. But renewable energy’s impact extends well beyond its environmental benefits.


Diversifying your energy supply will reduce your dependence on foreign fuel imports, notably petroleum. In 2017, U.S. domestic energy product was equal to about 90% of total energy consumption. Achieving energy independence means investing more on domestically-generated power, with more of that money going primarily to U.S.-owned energy producers.

A commitment to renewable energy will also help increase global GDP by creating jobs. Solar and wind industries are creating jobs at a rate 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy, according to a report by the Environmental Defense Fund and Meister Consultants Group.

The renewable energy sector is growing rapidly, fueled by declining technology costs and increased demand. Businesses and homeowners alike are turning to renewable energy options as part of committing to a cleaner environment and supporting our economy. 

Learn about the renewable energy options to help your business at wglenergy.com or call 1-844-4ASK-WGL to speak with one of our energy experts.


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