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Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) customers may be in for a surprise when they check their mailboxes this week. BGE has recently made some big changes to help customers understand and interpret their energy bills. The new bill is written clearly and uses plain language—relying heavily on graphics, charts and graphs to convey some pretty complex information. Customers may notice that the look and feel of the new bill has completely changed. On BGE’s website they state...

On October 18, 2016, President Obama issued an official proclamation recognizing Minority Enterprise Development Week. He stated, “Our Nation has always drawn strength from the diversity of our people, and no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from, America is a place where everyone deserves a chance to get ahead. This week, we must continue working to support minority enterprises and all entrepreneurs -- and ensure that by expanding access to...

Lately, we have been receiving many phone calls and emails from our customers asking “Why was my last BGE bill so high? Here are 3 Reasons why last month’s BGE Bill was higher than normal: 1.       You used more electricity. The largest driver of electricity consumption in the summer is air conditioning. 2.       The weather was hot! August had 14 days that reached 90 degrees and above.  Another six days temperatures topped out at 89 degrees. 3.       You were paying the default...

Last week, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for Operation Hope’s 12-week Entrepreneurial Training Program in Baltimore and the one bit of advice that I shared with the budding entrepreneurs was Don’t Quit Your Day Job…at least not yet! One of the biggest mistakes that new entrepreneurs make is jumping from their 9-5 to soon to follow their entrepreneurial dreams. Like us many people began their entrepreneurial path with the proverbial “Side Hustle” but knowing when your...

On March 30, I looked out into the crowd as I prepared to speak about the ties between hip hop and energy during the Sustainability Innovation Conference at Light City and couldn’t help but be reminded of where we as a city stood only a few months before. However, as the crowd looked up at me peacefully in anticipation of my speech, I realized that this festival was more than just a celebration of music, culture, imagination...