Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published December 05, 2013

BGE Smart Energy Savers ProgramĀ® Lights Up Washington Monument

BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® Lights Up Washington Monument with 
More Than 16,000 LED Lights for the 42nd Annual Holiday Lighting

BGE recently solidified its commitment to safe, energy efficient lighting by providing $100,000 to the Mount Vernon Place

Conservancy in support of the upgrade of electrical systems and the installation of energy efficient lights at the

Washington Monument

BALTIMORE (Dec. 5, 2013) – As an anticipated 5,000 spectators prepare to attend this evening’s 42nd Annual Holiday Lighting of the Baltimore Washington Monument, the official kick off of the holiday season in Baltimore, they can expect to see the Monument lit by more than 16,000, brightly shining, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) energy efficient lights, donated by the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® in support of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act. Located in Baltimore City’s historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood, this is the fifth consecutive year that the Monument will be lit by the energy-efficient lights, which were donated by the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program in 2009. These LED bulbs burn brighter, last longer and use up to 90 percent less energy than previously used incandescent light bulbs. In addition to the donation of the energy efficient lights that will illuminate the Monument, the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program has also donated the LED lights that will be used to decorate the vendor booths throughout the event’s Holiday Village.

“The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is committed to providing smart energy solutions to all customers and BGE is proud to team up with the Downtown Partnership again this year, continuing the support we provided by donating the energy-efficient holiday lights that have become an integral part of this great Baltimore tradition,” said Ruth C. Kiselewich, director of demand side management programs for BGE. “The energy-efficient LED holiday lights that light up the historic Washington Monument have been a gift that keeps on giving year-after-year, helping the City save energy and money every time they are used. We have extended that gift by donating the LED holiday lights decorating the vendor booths in the Holiday Village during this spectacular annual lighting event.”

For the holiday season, the Washington Monument will be illuminated by more than 16,000 LED lights on 84, sixty-five-foot strands. One strand of lights contains 200 LEDs and uses only 12 watts of electricity. By comparison, the 1,200 incandescent bulbs that were used in the past are similar in size to the appliance bulbs used inside refrigerators and typically consumed 40 watts each, or about 48,000 watts total. 

Tonight’s event will feature a holiday village, with food and crafts vendors, on Mount Vernon’s West Park starting at 5:30 p.m.  Live entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the Monument will be lit shortly before 8:00 p.m., immediately followed by a fireworks finale. For more information on the 42nd Annual Holiday Lighting event, visit

Recently, BGE made a $100,000 donation to the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, a nonprofit non-profit organization that is working in a public/private partnership with the City of Baltimore to the Washington Monument so that it may be reopened to the public in 2015. The grant solidifies BGE’s commitment to the safe, energy-efficient lighting in the community and will be used by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy to upgrade and install energy-efficient lighting at the historic Washington Monument.

"We are grateful to BGE for their contribution towards the all-new electrical system and other upgrades at the Washington Monument," said Lance Humphries of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.  "This will allow us to install permanent energy-efficient lighting of the monument as part of our overall restoration."

Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, economic development, environment and arts and culture.  To date, BGE has contributed nearly 3 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations throughout its central Maryland service area, and its employees have donated more than 18,000 volunteer hours to various organizations.

BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years.

For more information on BGE’s commitment to corporate philanthropy and employee volunteering efforts, visit

About Baltimore’s Washington Monument

Baltimore’s Washington Monument was completed in November 1829 and was the first monument in the nation to honor our first president. Baltimore’s Washington Monument is 178 feet tall and is made of three marble blocks, each weighing approximately 7 tons. The Monument is made out of white marble from Cockeysville, Baltimore county quarries. The Monument is currently awaiting repair of major water damage and other wear and tear that has occurred over its nearly 200 year history. New utility systems, including electrical and lighting, will be installed to accommodate the increased need for major electrical service especially during events like the Washington Monument. For more information on the restoration efforts of the Washington Monument, visit the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy at

About the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy is a non-profit organization that is working in a public/private partnership with the City of Baltimore to restore Mount Vernon Place to maintain it as an accessible urban oasis in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

Editor’s Note: To arrange media interviews prior to the Washington Monument Lighting, contact Rachael Lighty (BGE) at 410.470.7433.