BGE appreciates the hard work of all of our employees as we are closely monitoring and responding to developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
BGE appreciates the hard work of all of our employees as we are closely monitoring and responding to developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors and customers. We have extensive plans in place to ensure continued electric and natural gas service for our customers. While employees who have the ability to do their jobs from home have been asked to do so, there are many employees, including field personnel, who do not have that option. We are closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure employees who interact with customers have the appropriate personal protective equipment to perform their jobs safely.
This includes employees who work on BGE’s natural gas system and are being recognized as part of Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day. These employees work tirelessly, day in and day out, to safely maintain more than 7,500 miles of natural gas pipelines serving the company’s 680,000 natural gas customers. Not only do they respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep the gas flowing safely for our customers – even during the challenging conditions we are experiencing with the coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic – they are also crucial to BGE’s efforts to modernize our natural gas system.
“Our natural gas employees are performing a critical role in delivering safe and reliable natural gas to our customers during these demanding times,” said Christopher Burton, vice president of Gas Distribution. “We are truly appreciative and thankful for their commitment to this very challenging work. At BGE, we hold a special place in history as the nation’s first gas utility and our natural gas workers are committed to providing safe and reliable service for our customers.”
Modernizing the natural gas delivery system is a core part of BGE’s commitment to maintaining safe and reliable service for customers. Part of this work involves replacing cast iron and unprotected steel mains on an accelerated schedule as part of BGE’s Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement (STRIDE) gas system modernization plan. Since 2014, through STRIDE, BGE has replaced more than 250 miles of gas mains and connected more than 45,000 new service lines from customer homes and businesses to the gas system, creating 600 new jobs along the way. Once the STRIDE work is completed, it’s estimated that greenhouse gas emissions will have been reduced by 210,000 metric tons per year, or the equivalent of taking 44,000 cars off the road.