Volume 15, Issue 69 | June 18, 2018

Philadelphia's ENERGY STARŪ Reporting Deadline Is Approaching

WGL Energy makes it easy for commercial customers to meet the benchmarking reporting requirement

 

In June 2012, the Philadelphia City Council passed energy benchmarking and disclosure legislation requiring all 50,000 square feet or larger commercial buildings to use the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager tool when reporting their annual energy and water usage to the City of Philadelphia, beginning with 2012 data. The reporting deadline for submitting calendar year 2017 energy and water usage data is June 30, 2018.

The median ENERGY STAR® Score in Philadelphia is 63, a full 13 points above the national median.

As you may know, Portfolio Manager is an online tool for tracking energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Portfolio Manager is the industry-leading benchmarking tool and is currently used by 40% of the U.S. commercial building space.

Your WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) team is helping its customers with energy efficiency initiatives like this and is positioned to do its part in securing Philadelphia’s future as the next global energy hub, while simultaneously meeting the current demands of the area with our full spectrum of energy solutions.

In particular, if you are a commercial building owner or property managers in Philadelphia, you can save energy and money with automated Portfolio Manager benchmarking. WGL Energy commercial customers are entitled to free, online access to our Energy Management Platform (EMP), which makes benchmarking easy with the automated data transfer of both your electricity and natural gas directly into Portfolio Manager. Once a building’s EMP account is linked with Portfolio Manager, its energy usage data is automatically uploaded on a monthly basis.

We’re excited about the strides the city of Philadelphia is taking towards energy efficiency and look forward to serving our commercial customers and fellow members of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, both with their energy reporting and in the development of holistic energy management strategies for their businesses.

Watch our brief video to learn more about the Energy Management Platform from WGL Energy. 

 

About the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia brings area businesses and civic leaders together to promote growth and create opportunity in the Philadelphia region. Visit their website to learn more: www.chamberphl.com


Editor's Note

First Possible Peak Load Day of the Cooling Season at PJM

Weekly review for June 10 - 16, 2018

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, June 8, 2018 was 1,913 BCF. This is an increase of 96 BCF from the previous week. Inventories are currently 785 BCF lower than last year during this same period and 507 BCF below the 5-year average of 2,420 BCF.  

Temperatures are expected to rise above normal in the early part of next week and there is a possibility that we may even see the first peak load day of the cooling season at PJM. Temps however are not expected to stay elevated for very long and will retrace lower towards the end of the week and throughout the 15-day forecast period.

Forward markets increased this week as the PJM West Hub 12 Month curve added 1.1% and the NYMEX natural gas 12-month curve gained 1.8%. 

This past week's market information is provided as a courtesy to our customers and is not indicative of, nor should be relied upon, as representative of future transactions. 


Channel Partners

Powering Affinity Partners in the Community

Our affinity marketing programs serve others through the sale of electricity and natural gas

 
The WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) affinity marketing program is a terrific opportunity for organizations, typically non-profits, who may be looking to raise money while providing their members with access to electricity, natural gas and renewable energy options at some of our lowest prices.
 

 
 
WGL Energy typically partners with non-profit organizations that share our commitment to serving others, and where their members find value in our traditional and renewable energy offerings. We also enjoy successful partnerships with voluntary trade associations who are committed to enhancing the quality of life of the communities they serve. 
 
As a leading energy supplier in the Mid-Atlantic and a marquis brand, our participation can help strengthen a member benefits program. Members can purchase electricity, natural gas and renewable energy options at some of our lowest prices.
 
The structure of the affinity marketing program can vary, depending on the needs of the affinity partner. For those programs that have been set up to raise money, we contribute up to $50 for each purchase of natural gas or electricity made by its members. While it’s ultimately up to the affinity partner to determine how the contributions are used, they’re generally invested back into the organization in way that provides a direct benefit to the people they serve – through capital improvements like new dance floors, sound equipment, team uniforms or sporting equipment.
 
WGL Energy is always looking for ways to improve its programs, so that they’re serving the needs of our affinity partners. An important milestone for us and our partners includes frequent check-ins by our business development team, where we meet with our partners to assess the progress of the program and make any adjustments that might be necessary.
 
To learn more about our affinity marketing programs, contact your WGL Energy business development manager. 
 


Sustainability

This Event Is Green

WGL Energy can help counterbalance your greenhouse gas emissions with carbon offsets

 
 
Our greening partnerships can help your organization demonstrate its commitment to corporate sustainability.
 
WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) is partnering with Monumental Sports and Entertainment as the Official Greening Partner of Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., the home of the Washington Capitals, winner of the 2018 Stanley Cup.
 
WGL Energy is also the Official Greening Partner of Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore and PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, the latter of which is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, winner of the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup. 

In addition, WGL Energy has greened dozens of conferences, events, trade shows and facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Through these greening partnerships, we have donated carbon offsets to counterbalance the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from these events – such as energy use, hotel stays and food waste.

Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy are Green-e® Climate certified and derived from third-party verified carbon reduction projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Our supply of carbon offsets comes from carbon-reduction projects in the waste management sector, such as the capture and destruction of methane from regional landfills.

WGL Energy is also investing a portion of the proceeds from carbon offset purchases into the Carbon Reduction Fund, which is managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The funds are used to develop new greenhouse gas-reducing projects, and to improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Our partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has supported numerous projects including the reduction of fertilizer use through improved farming techniques, community restoration projects and the planting of tens of thousands of trees across the watershed.
 
WGL Energy is your source for clean, sustainable solutions.

For more on what it means to green an event or how you can reduce your organization’s carbon footprint, check out the carbon offsets page for government, commercial and industrial customers on our website or view the video:

 


Energy Management

WGL Energy Issues Notice Regarding Peak Electricity Usage

Reduced usage during peak periods now can lower your costs next year

 

On Monday, June 18, 2018, WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) issued an important notice to commercial and government customers recommending they reduce electricity usage during the afternoon hours on Monday, June 18 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday, June 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is the first advisory issued by WGL Energy this summer, and is intended to alert customers of potential peak load periods.

High temperatures can impact the cost of your Capacity Peak Load Contribution (PLC). Your PLC can influence 10-30% of your electricity bill, so by lowering your PLC this summer you will be able to reduce your PLC and overall electricity costs for a full 12-month period starting next summer (June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020).

A copy of this notice is included below. If you did not receive your email copy, please contact your account manager and ask to be included in the distribution of future notices. For a summary of notices issued during 2018, please visit our website.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE
 Electricity Use Reduction Recommendation

 Monday, June 18, 2018
  From 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Today – Monday, June 18 – temperatures are expected to be in the nineties. These high temperatures could impact your Capacity Peak Load Contribution (PLC) and future electricity costs. There is a high likelihood that an hour between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. will end up as one or more of the five highest peak loads of the year. These high temperatures could impact the cost of your Capacity Peak Load Contribution (PLC).

Tomorrow  – Tuesday, June 19 – although current forecasts are for a lower system load on Tuesday (vs. Monday), there is a moderate likelihood that an hour between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday will also end up as one of the five highest peak loads of the year.   

 

About PLC

On June 1 of every year, each building is assigned a PLC number by your utility. Your PLC is based on your peak usage during the five hours of the prior year with the highest system demand. (Note: The selected hours come from five different 24-hour periods.)  Peak usage generally occurs on the five hottest days of the year – and your usage this summer will affect the PLC for next summer.


Our Recommendation

We recommend that you reduce, whenever possible, your electricity usage from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today (Monday) and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday). Your PLC can influence 10-30% of your electricity bill, so by lowering your PLC this summer you will be able to reduce your PLC and overall electricity costs for a full twelve-month period starting next summer (June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020).

If you have any questions, please call your business development manager listed below:


Julio Astorga                                                 (703) 287-9493
Tim Bagley                                                    (202) 997-8262
Nipa Clark                                                     (410) 209-2448
Jamie DiBartolo                                            (856) 872-7194
Diane Ekonomou                                          (703) 287-9494
Les Lewis                                                      (410) 209-2441
Laurie Muldoon                                             (410) 209-2442
Kent Peterson                                               (703) 287-9496
Karen Pinder-McDuffie                                  (410) 209-2444
Olga Riggs-Miller                                          (703) 287-9498
Salvatore Ritorto                                           (908) 616-0520
Jaison Staab                                                 (330) 721-1648

These conditions change periodically and we will send updates as information becomes available.


Weather

Local Cooling Degree Days*

 


Cooling Degrees Days* 

 

May - 18

June - 18

July- 18

Aug- 18

Sept - 18

Oct - 18

 Actual

231.5 

 

 

 

 

 

 Normal

115.9

 

 

 

 

 

 Departure from Normal

 99.7%

 

           

 

 

 

 Warmer

 

 

 

 

 

*Cooling degree days are calculated by comparing the day’s average temperature to a 65 degree baseline.  If the day’s average temperature is below 65, there are no cooling degree days that day.  If the average temperature is greater than 65 degrees, then subtract 65 from the average temperature to find the number of cooling degree days.