Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES), a leading competitive energy supplier providing electricity and natural gas service to more than 280,000 residential, commercial, industrial and government customers in the Mid-Atlantic region, recently added 1,000 government accounts from the State of Delaware as a result of a competitive bid process to its growing list of government customers in the region.

In addition to the State of Delaware, WGES also serves five of the District of Columbia government’s largest energy consuming facilities and more than 3,500 of the State of Maryland’s large and small commercial accounts – all of which were awarded as a result of competitive bid processes. Wind power is a key component of the District of Columbia and State of Delaware electricity purchases.

“WGES is proud to serve a diverse group of residential and business customers, including government operations such as the D.C. Convention Center, several Delaware school districts, the University of Maryland College Park and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport,” said Harry Warren, President of WGES. “In addition to offering significant savings to these government customers, and ultimately the taxpayers they serve, WGES also helps customers go green by supplying renewable energy,” said Warren.

The State of Delaware’s 36-month contract with WGES was recently announced by Governor Jack Markell and is set to commence July 1, 2010. The contract is expected to save the state and its aggregated partners of local governments, higher education institutions and school districts more than $13 million over the life of the contract. Most notably, 25 percent of the state’s electricity purchase will come from renewable energy sources, helping the state meet its sustainability goals.

“We will continue to push for ways to drive down the cost of government,” says Delaware Governor Markell. “These electricity agreements not only save taxpayers’ money, but also allow the state to increase the amount of clean power it uses in state facilities. I am pleased we were able to make energy purchases that represent a win-win for all Delawareans.”

WGES began serving five of the D.C. government’s largest energy consumers under a three-year contract in January 2010. Fifty percent of the District’s electricity needs are being met with wind power, placing Washington, D.C. among the top five municipalities in the country to go green.

“Combined, the District and the State of Delaware will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO 2) by more than 684,000 metric tons over the life of these contracts,” said Mr. Warren. “That’s the equivalent of taking more than 130,000 cars off the road.”

WGES will supply more than a million megawatt hours of electricity a year to the State of Maryland under two and three year contracts that began in June 2009, and will acquire additional renewable energy supply at the state’s option.

“The competitive energy market structure continues to foster innovation and provide business, government and residential consumers with a variety of products and services to meet their energy needs,” said Mr. Warren. “WGES is proud to be a part of this process.”

About WGES

With more than a decade of experience, Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. is one of the largest competitive providers of electricity and natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic region. WGES supplies over 280,000 residential, commercial, industrial and government customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. All residential product offerings include 5% wind energy, while all small commercial offerings include 3.5% wind power. Customers can also choose 50% or 100% CleanSteps SM WindPower. Headquartered in Herndon, Va., Washington Gas Energy Services is an affiliate of Washington Gas and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL).

Consumers may learn more about WGES and its CleanStepsSM products by visiting the WGES website at www.wges.com/lgc or by contacting a Customer Care Agent at 1-888-884-WGES (9437).

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