According to a BGE press release,
On June 17, 1816, artist Rembrant Peale incorporated the Gas Light Company of Baltimore, following the successful lighting of gas lamps at his museum on Holliday Street a few days earlier. Peale’s company was the first gas company in the new world. On June 17, 2016, its direct descendant, BGE, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, marked that founding 200 years ago with ceremonies throughout the company’s locations in central Maryland.
“Our 3200 employees are extremely proud to work at BGE at this point in the company’s history,” said chief executive officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. “As we reflect on our longevity in central Maryland, we continue to explore new ways to serve our customers and the region so we can keep moving smart energy forward.”
The company’s 200th anniversary milestone is also significant to the city of Baltimore, where other notable “firsts” include the country’s first railroad company and first post office system, distinguishing Baltimore as a city of innovation.