“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.” – Dawn White, vice president of Gas Distribution
BGE is celebrating its natural gas employees by recognizing March as Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Month. The company is honoring its employees who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to safely maintain more than 7,500 miles of natural gas pipelines serving the company’s more than 696,000 natural gas customers. Not only do they respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep the gas flowing safely for BGE customers, 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 Dawn White, 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 the beginning of STRIDE, BGE has created approximately 600 new jobs, 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. 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.
In addition, employees work each day to patrol and inspect natural gas lines, perform regular maintenance, and install new natural gas infrastructure. The investments in modernization and maintenance of the gas system continues to enhance efficiency, reliability, and safety for customers.
This is the seventh year Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day is being celebrated across the country on March 18. This nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities. BGE joins the American Gas Association and natural gas utility companies across the nation, including Exelon sister utilities PECO and Delmarva Power, in honoring natural gas workers.