Volume 15, Issue 77 | August 13, 2018

WGL Energy Volunteer Brings Hope and Comfort in Philadelphia

The WaWa Coffee & Care Cart is a welcome sight at Children’s Hospital


On a typical Monday morning, you can expect to find Business Development Manager Sal Ritorto in his car, traveling south to Philadelphia for an important meeting with one of his WGL Energy Services (WGL Energy) commercial energy customers.

Monday, August 6 was anything but a typical Monday for Sal.

With deep ties to the Philadelphia community where he works, Sal spent the morning with other local volunteers behind a WaWa Coffee & Care Cart in the corridors of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), delivering complimentary hot and cold WaWa beverages for parents and visitors. Sal was joined by Brandon Harris, a vice president at Johnson, Kendall and Johnson; Jake Rainwater, an engineer at AECOM and a pastor at Epic Church in Roxborough; and John Salmons, a recently retired NBA basketball player and real estate/tech investor.

On this rainy Monday morning, Sal and his fellow hospitality volunteers were part of a WaWa Volunteer Services team charged with elevating the CHOP experience and helping it run more smoothly for patients and their families. They made their way up and down the hospital’s corridors with their cart, greeting patients and their families, serving complimentary beverages and spreading cheer.

As an employee of WGL Energy, an affiliate of WGL, Sal joins a cadre of WGL employees who proudly support and contribute to the communities in which they live and work. In the last year, WGL employees volunteered more than 11,000 hours in service to their communities and those who needed their help.

WaWa Volunteer Services is endowed by the WaWa Foundation, which has been partnering with CHOP to provide hope and comfort to patients and their families across the entire CHOP community for almost 70 years.

Click here to learn more about how volunteers like Sal are making an impact on family-centered care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Editor's Note

Temperatures Expected to Remain in Normal Range

Weekly review for August 4 - August 10, 2018


On Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, August 3, 2018 was 2,354 BCF. This is an increase of 46 BCF from the previous week. Inventories are currently 671 BCF lower than last year during this same period and 572 BCF below the 5-year average of 2,926 BCF.  

Temperatures are expected to remain in the normal range throughout the 14-day forecast period, setting the stage for a potentially underwhelming close-out to the summer season.

Forward markets increased this week as the PJM West Hub 12 Month curve added 1.2% and the NYMEX natural gas 12-month curve gained 2.8%.      

The following table shows the highest peak loads recorded for the summer through August 10, per PJM’s preliminary estimates:

Peak Load (MW)

Date of Peak Load

Hour of Peak Load


June 18



July 3



July 2



July 16



July 5


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 Monday, August 6, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 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 and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday. These are the ninth and tenth advisories issued by WGL Energy this summer, and are 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.




 Electricity Use Reduction Recommendation

Monday, August 6, 2018 - From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7 – 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. on Monday and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday 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. on Monday, August 6 and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 7. 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 business development manager. 

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


Local Cooling Degree Days*


Cooling Degrees Days* 


May - 18

June - 18

July- 18

Aug- 18

Sept - 18

Oct - 18















 Departure from Normal













*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.