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Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) says its customers have seen first-hand the benefits of smart meters with the overwhelming success of the first Energy Savings Day of the summer under the company's Smart Energy Rewards Program.

On July 23, more than 640,000 BGE residential customers with a smart meter installed in their home voluntarily participated in the Energy Savings Day, a demand response event, and the company says it awarded more than $2.5 million in bill credits.

“For this first event of summer 2014, we saw nearly an 80 percent participation from eligible customers - those with smart meters,” says Ruth Kiselewich, director of demand side management programs at BGE. “We look forward to working with our customers to sustain and increase their participation in each Energy Savings Day so they can save on their electric bills, help ease peak demand, contribute to improved reliability and help make a positive impact on the environment.”

BGE anticipates there will be between five and 10 Energy Savings Days in a summer season.



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