During its inaugural year of operation, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) Bloom Energy Server produced more than 2,000 megawatt hours (mWh) of electricity, reducing the production of carbon dioxide by nearly 3,000,000 pounds.
“BGE joined progressive companies and organizations like Google, Apple and NASA when the decision was made to implement this technology. By continuously innovating we can ensure that we can help meet our customers’ evolving needs and demands,” said BGE President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Woerner. “Hands-on experience with leading edge technologies like this fuel cell unit enables BGE to provide customers with the support they require as they develop clean, sustainable energy solutions.”
The Bloom Energy Server provides approximately half the energy needs of the company’s Lord Baltimore Building in Windsor Mill, Md. Its fuel cell technology converts natural gas into electricity through an electro-chemical process rather than combustion, reducing carbon emissions and eliminating smog forming air pollutants, like nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. The installation of the unit demonstrates the company’s commitment to finding and using reliable and cost effective clean energy sources whenever possible.
The natural gas powered unit went into operation on Dec. 31, 2015 and ran at full capacity for 353 days in 2016 year. The unit reduced the production of nitrogen oxide by 18,000 pounds and sulfur oxides by 28,000 pounds. The CO2 avoided was the equivalent of taking 281 cars off the road for a full year.
In addition to the Bloom Energy Server, BGE also powers its operations with two solar arrays, a 155 kW unit that provides electricity to its Spring Gardens location in south Baltimore and a 170 kW unit at its White Marsh Training Center.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.