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Corporate and Executive Summary

Washington Gas, a WGL Holdings, Inc. company, delivers natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region. Today, clean-burning natural gas is the fuel of choice for more than nine out of 10 new home buyers in the D.C. metro area.

Washington Gas was founded in 1848, through a Congressional charter signed into law by President James K. Polk. The new company installed gas lights in the House and Senate chambers, the White House and along Pennsylvania Avenue. As the 20th century dawned, Washington Gas expanded into Virginia and Maryland. For more on the history of Washington Gas, please see the reference materials below.

Today, Washington Gas is part of WGL, a holding company formed in 2000 that includes a diverse set of energy solutions across the country.

In addition to Washington Gas, WGL consists of:

  • WGL Energy - A leader in efficient and environmentally-friendly energy technology solutions, WGL Energy delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency.
  • WGL Midstream - An expanding natural gas distribution business, WGL Midstream specializes in the investment, management, development and optimization of natural gas storage and transportation projects. WGL Midstream’s customers and counterparties include producers, utilities, LNG exporters, local distribution companies, power generators, wholesale energy suppliers, pipelines and storage facilities.
  • Hampshire Gas - An owner and operator of interests in natural gas storage facilities in and around Hampshire County, W.V., Hampshire Gas provides exclusive storage services to Washington Gas.

Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state, local or federal agency, WGL’s calling is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, community and all our customers.

Resources - Washington Gas History

Growing With Washington, Part 1

Growing with Washington, Part 1 - The Story of Our First 100 Years (PDF)


Growing with Washington, Part 2 - A History of Washington Gas 1948-2012:

Preface and Chapter 1: 1948-1959 (PDF)
Chapter 2: 1960-1969 (PDF)
Chapter 3: 1970-1979 (PDF)
Chapter 4: 1980-1989 (PDF)
Chapter 5: 1990-1999 (PDF)
Chapter 6: 2000-Present, and Epilogue (PDF)