By: Barbara Vergetis Lundin |
Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGES) has announced the launch of WGES PA Carbon Offsets, developed with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), designed to reduce the carbon impact of WGES’ natural gas customers in Pennsylvania. WGES PA Carbon Offsets are initially available in the PECO utility territory to match customers’ natural gas usage with carbon offsets while also funding future clean air and water projects in Pennsylvania.
WGES PA Carbon Offsets come from methane gas capture projects in Conestoga, Lebanon and Scotland, Pa., providing independently verified environmental benefits.
In the PECO region, WGES PA Carbon Offsets will now be matched to 5 percent of all residential customers’ natural gas usage, and 3.5 percent of all small commercial customers’ natural gas usage. Residential and small commercial WGES customers who wish to do more for the environment have the option to choose 100 percent WGES PA Carbon Offsets to counterbalance all the carbon emissions from their natural gas usage. Large commercial customers have the option to customize the percent of their natural gas that is matched with carbon offsets.
WGES plans to work with other natural gas utilities in Pennsylvania to offer WGES PA Carbon Offsets to additional residential and commercial customers throughout the state.