9-9-13 7:00 PM EDT | Email Article

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES), one of the largest competitive energy providers in the mid-Atlantic region, today announced that the company will sponsor the 5th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH Conference), by offsetting the carbon impact of the entire event, including attendee travel. The RETECH Conference draws together members of the energy community including business leaders, elected officials, investors and educators to discuss trends as well as technology and innovation in the renewable energy industry. The conference will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., September 9-11.

“All of our attendees, exhibitors and sponsors recognize the importance of carbon neutrality, especially for a large event like the RETECH Conference, which draws attendees from across the globe,” said Jenn Heinold, Vice President of RETECH. “We are delighted that Washington Gas Energy Services chose to sponsor the RETECH Conference through WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets, ensuring that the event itself leverages the best practices we will discuss throughout the week.”

Washington Gas Energy Services’ CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets product will be used to counterbalance the carbon impact from energy use from attendee travel to Washington D.C., hotel rooms and the conference itself. This effort will offset the emissions of more than 426,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to avoiding the consumption of over 21,000 gallons of gasoline.

“Our goal at Washington Gas Energy Services is to help residents, businesses and other organizations reduce the environmental impact of their natural gas use, in a simple manner, through WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets,” said Harry Warren, president of Washington Gas Energy Services. “We are pleased to be working with the RETECH Conference to show that even non-traditional entities such as events and exhibitions can take proactive steps to neutralize their carbon footprints.”

WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets support independently verified carbon-reduction projects in the areas of transportation and landfill gas. Through Washington Gas Energy Services’ partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a portion of all offset purchases supports the Carbon Reduction Fund, which is used to develop clean air and water projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

All Washington Gas Energy Services standard natural gas includes a baseline 5 percent match of carbon offsets to natural gas use for residential customers and a 3.5 percent match for small commercial customers. Both residential and small commercial customers have the option of choosing natural gas matched with 100 percent WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets. Large commercial customers have the option of customizing the percent of their natural gas that is matched with carbon offsets.

To make your upcoming event carbon neutral, or to learn more about WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets, visit http://www.wges.com/carbonoffsets.

About Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.:

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive energy providers in the mid-Atlantic region. Washington Gas Energy Services supplies electricity, natural gas and green energy options to commercial and residential customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named Washington Gas Energy Services the Green Power Supplier of the Year in the non-utility category. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., Washington Gas Energy Services is an affiliate of Washington Gas, the regulated natural gas utility, and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL). www.wges.com

Washington Gas Energy Services
Lisa Fels, 703-739-2424 x110
lfels@brightlinestrategies.com

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