Volume 15, Issue 76 | August 6, 2018

We Can Help with Your LEED Certification

Earn points with our green power, carbon offsets and renewable energy credits.

 

Did you know green power, carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) can be applied toward your facility’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification?

That’s right.

According to the LEED v4 Building Design and Construction guidelines published by the U.S. Green Building Council, businesses and government agencies can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through the use of local and grid-source renewable energy technologies and carbon mitigation projects.

To be eligible for LEED points, you must meet at least some of your building’s total energy use with renewable energy systems, or engage in a five-year contract to purchase qualified green power, carbon offsets or RECs. The green power and RECs must be Green-e® Energy certified.

WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) offers Green-e® Energy certified wind power and RECs for government, commercial and industrial customers, along with carbon offsets that are Green-e® Climate certified. Green-e® certification is your assurance that our renewable energy and carbon offsets offers meet the environmental and consumer protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).

LEED provides a framework for creating healthy, efficient and cost-saving green buildings. As a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, LEED certifiied facilities can be found in over 165 countries and territories, including our own office space in Washington, D.C. and Tysons Corner, Virginia.

LEED is available for all building, community and home project types – including existing buildings.

There are a number of benefits associated with LEED-certified buildings, including a healthier environment for employees and customers, lower utility costs and a reduced carbon footprint. LEED-certified buildings can even help your business or government agency achieve its sustainability objectives.


Contact our Green Products Manager, Robin Cunningham, on (703) 287-9577 for more on how WGL Energy’s green power, carbon offsets and RECs can help you achieve LEED certification and your corporate sustainability goals.


Editor's Note

Stubborn Storage Deficit Remains

Weekly review for July 28 - August 3, 2018

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, July 27, 2018 was 2,308 BCF. This was an increase of 35 BCF from the previous week, and was a smaller injection than market expectations. The injection was smaller than the 5 year average injection for the week (43 BCF), but higher than last year’s injection for the week (18 BCF). 

Inventories are still substantially lower than the year ago levels (by 688 BCF or 23%) and the five-year average (by 565 BCF or 19.7%). Despite record setting production levels in late July, the storage deficit remains stubbornly wide. Strong demand for natural gas for power generation and higher demand for natural gas for LNG exports have continued. 

Prices were basically unchanged this week. The PJM West Hub 12-month forward curve rose 0.1% this week, while the NYMEX natural gas 12-month strip was down 0.4%. Stay tuned as we continue to navigate the summer injection season.

 

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.


Energy Management

WGL Energy Issues More Notices Regarding Peak Electricity Usage

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

 

On Friday, August 3, 2018, WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) issued an important notice to customers recommending they reduce electricity usage during the afternoon hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, August 6. This is the eighth 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, August 6, 2018 - From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Monday, August 6 – High temperatures could impact your Capacity Peak Load Contribution (PLC) and future electricity costs. There is a likelihood that an hour between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, August 6, will end up as one or more of the five highest peak loads of the year.

 

About PLC

Effective June 1 of every year, each building is assigned a PLC number by its utility. This number is based on the peak usage, which is calculated using five hours from the prior year with the highest system demand, excluding holiday weekdays and weekends. (Note: The selected hours come from five different 24-hour periods.) Peak usage generally occurs on the five hottest days of the year – and this summer's usage will affect the PLC for next summer.

Our Recommendation

We recommend that, whenever possible, you reduce your electricity usage from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 6. 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 contact your sales representative. 

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 

336.5 

 

 

 

 

 Normal

115.9

324.0 

 

 

 

 

 Departure from Normal

 99.7%

4% 

           

 

 

 

 Warmer

 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.