Economic Development and Energy Developers
Builders and developers, urban planners, engineers, energy policymakers and economists understand the value that natural gas solutions bring to the local economy. From large multi-phased and mixed-use development projects to public sector facilities, natural gas serves as the affordable, reliable, sustainable, foundational energy choice. WGL has more than 167 years of experience serving the Washington, D.C. region and a portfolio of services—spanning traditional and renewable—to deliver the right energy answer for residential, commercial, campus and government customers.
WGL’s economic development initiative is focused on supporting regional growth and prosperity through the improvement of our region’s energy security, infrastructure, transportation, housing and economic resiliency. A robust natural gas infrastructure is critical to meeting these needs. Partnering with the public and private sector, WGL is committed to fostering regional economic growth through serving the energy needs of our community.
We thrive on forging innovative partnerships that meet both the need to foster a more sustainable community and encourage economic growth across the Washington, D.C., region. Forward-thinking energy solutions play an integral role in WGL’s economic development initiatives and overall growth strategy.
Washington Gas offers a range of services and resources to help aid the decision in making natural gas the foundational energy source for all large development projects, from multi-phase and multi-use developments and eco-districts to industrial sites, hospitals and campuses.
A list of our available services and resources can be found below.
Washington Gas is proud to support the economic development goals of the D.C. metro region.
We’ve provided you with a variety of local resources below:
- Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development - DMPED
- Washington, D.C. Economic Development and Planning
- Business Improvement Districts (BIDS)
- Community Development Corporations
- Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership
St. Mary’s County
Maryland Partner Organizations
- Maryland Energy Administration
- Maryland Economic Development Association
- Maryland Clean Energy Center
- Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland
- Virginia Economic Development Partnership
- Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
- Loudoun Virginia Economic Development
- Prince William County Department of Economic Development
- Arlington Economic Development
- Shenandoah Valley Partnership
- Shenandoah County Department of Economic Development
- Front Royal Warren County Virginia Economic Development Authority
- Clark County Virginia Economic Development
- Frederick County Economic Development
- Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
Washington Gas’ service territory includes Washington, D.C. and counties in Maryland and Virginia.
The Engineered Sales Team at Washington Gas is the resource you can count on for all commercial, multifamily, large multi-phased and mixed-use development natural gas applications. Our representatives have the technical skills to understand your project's requirements and walk you through each stage of the process. Working as a liaison to your project’s architect and engineer, you can count on our team to facilitate and monitor the progress of your project from start to finish.
Partner with our Engineered Sales Team and receive:
- Complimentary education and training throughout the life cycle of your project.
- Experienced consultation on equipment options that best meet your project’s needs.
- Assistance in identifying available incentives for your project.
- A well-qualified point-of-contact with the experience to navigate the project through local, state and federal government agencies (DOE, EPA) and regulators (DOT, international codes, PSC).
- Customized natural gas design specifically tailored to create optimal cost savings in your projects. This configuration will serve as an approved Washington Gas piping and equipment design that can be incorporated in your project’s AutoCAD drawings.
- Reduced plumbing engineer/plumbing design contractor hours-cost: Our sales engineers will provide you with a standardized design for your natural gas installation, making it easier for you to design a building that uses natural gas, which should result in reduced plumbing design bid prices that reflect reduced design hours-costs.
- Information on many aspects of natural gas service, including overall gas availability, specific gas pressure information, gas service capacities, metering capabilities and much more.
Energy analysis provides objective and credible energy comparison data from sources such as the Energy Solutions Center, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy and more to demonstrate the best energy solution for affordable, reliable and clean energy in all market segments. Energy analysis studies deliver a simplified presentation of energy costs savings (annual operation and maintenance, plus greenhouse gas emissions reduction), comparison between natural gas, electric, oil and propane for building HVAC, water heating and other system needs. Studies support the upfront capital investment in natural gas appliances, conveying equipment-typical life-cycle performance data. Whether the building design is a large campus or industrial structure, the energy studies are customized with typical and advanced building equipment system scenarios to provide a comprehensive energy analysis.
All gas-fired products sold and used in the U.S. are covered by a variety of certification standards, building codes and local requirements. Contact the code authority in your area to confirm that the products you choose meet requirements.
When planning any type of construction, home improvement or landscaping project that requires digging or excavating, call 811 to notify the underground utility line locating service before you are scheduled to begin the project.
Combined Heat and Power
With policymakers creating rigorous environmental regulations, community advocates campaigning for a cleaner environment and energy prices soaring -- the commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal and manufacturing industries are recognizing the importance of reducing carbon emissions and establishing energy efficiency goals.
One solution making headway in the industry is combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration. CHP is a form of distributed power generation and is typically located near the point of consumption. This technology is essentially the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy (heating and/or cooling) from a single source of energy, usually natural gas.
In the traditional, utility-based power generation process, two-thirds of energy is lost in the form of heat and released into the atmosphere. Even more energy is lost in distribution by way of the power grid. A CHP system avoids much of this energy loss by capturing the waste heat from power generation and using it for thermal energy applications, such as steam or hot water. A typical electric generation facility with separate applications for heat generation may achieve around 50 percent efficiency in the generation process, but CHP can achieve energy efficiencies as high as 80 percent.*
CHP solutions are typically designed to meet continuous thermal load requirements while replacing a portion of the total power demand by the user. Industrial facilities with continuous power and heat demand for processes are the most common and economical applications of CHP. However, many commercial applications with high heat demand for hot water or temperature control can also benefit from the efficiency and savings of a CHP installation. Typical commercial applications for CHP include hospitals, universities, laundries, prisons, nursing homes, multifamily buildings and recreational facilities. Beyond the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, these facilities also enjoy increased reliability of power and heat during utility grid interruptions.
There are various CHP technology options available today. Take a look below:
Steam turbines are known to be used for the largest type of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant. It burns fuel at high pressure and temperature to provide high value heat and electric power. Steam turbines are often used in really large industrial and commercial CHP applications that have high process-related thermal requirements that are not subject to daily or seasonal weather-related fluctuations, so energy is an important part of the business.
Steam turbines have very high production capacity and a long operating life. The median age of steam turbine installations in the United States is 45 years. Steam turbine applications are also highly customizable to industrial applications.
Combustion turbines are similar to those used in jet engines. They are fueled by natural gas to turn a generator to produce electricity. The waste heat is captured for use as a secondary energy source. Combustion turbine Combined Heat and Power (CHP) applications can support high-pressure steam for industrial processes and can reach efficiencies as high as 80 percent.* It also has very low emissions compared to other fossil fuel combustion generators.
Beyond industrial applications, combustion turbine CHP solutions can also be ideal for large commercial applications. A typical commercial application is a university campus with around 5MW electricity production, where the waste heat is used to produce steam for heating and cooling through absorption chillers.*
Natural gas reciprocating or internal combustion engines are comparable to those used in cars and trucks and can range in size and capacity to be comparable to high horse power marine engines. Like combustion turbines, reciprocating engines burn fuel to turn a generator to produce electricity. Reciprocating engines make up over half of all Combined Heat and Power installations in the US, but because of its size, it only accounts for about 3 percent of the total electricity generated by CHP in the United States.* The waste heat generated by the reciprocating engine is ideal for hot water or low pressure steam applications. Some advantages of reciprocating engine CHP applications include relatively low cost, fast start-up, flexibility in operations, and an option to operate on low pressure natural gas.
Because the output heat from reciprocating engines prove to be ideal for hot water, typical applications for reciprocating engine CHP installations are driven by high hot water demand like hospitals, hotels, schools, and nursing homes. Also, when paired with an absorption chiller, reciprocating engine CHP can be ideal for year-round climate control applications in office or multifamily residential buildings.
Fuel cells powered by natural gas is a relatively new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology. Fuel cells generate electricity using electrochemical reactions as opposed to combustion of fossil fuels, resulting in the cleanest and most efficient generation of electricity. Potential CHP applications for fuel cell systems include premium power, remote power, specialty applications, grid support, peaking power and micro-grid applications. Though this technology is relatively new and expensive, fuel cells have an advantage over turbines and engines due to its lower emissions and noise levels, so potential markets exist where emissions permitting and noise would be significant barriers – like residential areas. Market penetration is relatively small, but potential exists where electricity prices are very high. Also, as with so many new technologies, prices are anticipated to drop as the market develops. Another current challenge to fuel cells is its sensitivity to fuel impurities; however, developments in the technology are expected to overcome this issue.
Micro Combined Heat and Power (MCHP) products can generate two forms of energy (heat and electricity) on a scale that can provide a residence or a small commercial building with enough power and/or heat to be self-sufficient. Micro CHP is typically defined as 30-250kW of electric generation.* In some cases, it can generate more power than is consumed—thus complementing the grid where net metering is available. MicroCHP equipment is available today as Engine-Driven or Fuel Cell-based systems.
Some advantages of Micro CHP are compact and light weight sizing, a low number of moving parts, and simple operations.
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