Friday, November 9, 2012
Customers are encouraged to apply for $4 million in assistance still available.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Veterans Day is on Nov. 12, and with only a couple months remaining in 2012, ComEd is urging its customers, including disabled veterans and deployed active military personnel, to apply for $4 million in assistance funds still available. The money is part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to help ComEd customers struggling to pay their monthly electric bills, and it is a direct result of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act enacted last fall by Illinois lawmakers. ComEd dedicated $10 million in financial assistance for 2012, and nearly half remains available. To raise customers’ awareness of the assistance funds, ComEd launched an advertising campaign encouraging customers facing financial hardship to apply. The campaign, …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Power went out to some 1,285 ComEd customers in Evanston and Park Ridge just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. The utility estimates that power will be restored by 6:30 p.m.
More than 1,000 ComEd customers lost power in Evanston and Park Ridge shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the city. Power went out from Lincoln Street to Church Street and from Maple Avenue to Leland Avenue, affecting 1,285 customers as of 4:47 p.m. According to ComEd's outage map, power was expected to be restored by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The utility believes the outage was caused by a damaged power line. Anyone without power can report their outage to ComEd by calling 1-800-EDISON-1 or inputting the information on the agency's website.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Notifications of the city's move to a new electrical supplier, Constellation Energy, will be mailed this week. The swap will save residents money on their electric bills.
New rates from a new electric supplier go into effect in Evanston this week, after residents voted to switch from ComEd. This week, some 24,768 customers were enrolled with Constellation Energy at a rate of 4.797 cents/kWh. ComEd, which will continue to provide the electricity, will mail letters to confirm the change this week, according to a press release from the city. In a March referendum, 73 percent of Evanston voters cast their ballots in favor of electric aggregation. Under that program, Evanston bundled electric accounts from residents and small businesses in order to seek lower rates when compared with ComEd. In late April, the city council voted unanimously to contract for a 12-month term with new supplier Constellation Energy…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Current temperatures are cooking in Evanston, meaning many residents have their AC units cranked on high as a result--and power outages are more likely to occur. Here are some energy saving tips for Thursday.
With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees or more this week and a heat advisory in effect in Evanston through 8 p.m. Thursday, many residents will have their AC units cranked up on "chill" to fend off the heat. Yet as an entire neighborhood tries to cool off, a power outage may occur as a result, according to ComEd. Here are some energy saving tips for Thursday: Those in the market for a new air conditioner should look for ENERGY STAR®-qualified air conditioning units, which will be at least 10 percent more efficient than conventional models. It’s a buying decision that can translate into savings of up to $95 per year and also reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, ComEd said in a press release. The electric company also …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Prizes for the 'Coolest Summer Ever' contest include tickets to Chicago sporting events, museums and theaters, unique animal encounters and a $5,000 donation to your favorite charity.
If you've got a knack for trivia, try your hand at Commonwealth Edison's (ComEd) 'Coolest Summer Ever' sweepstakes and enter to win a number of prizes to make your summer a little more interesting. During the 10-week contest that began Monday, participants can visit ComEd on Facebook and answer questions about Chicago and suburban destinations, energy conservation tips and other assorted trivia, according to a ComEd press release. A different prize will be awarded each of the ten weeks. They include a five-show theater package, White Sox scout seats and a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Cub's game. A private tour of the Adler Planetarium's Doane Observatory and a limo ride to Rockford to see the symphony are among the …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Residents voted in March to bundle individual and small business and purchase power from an alternate supplier. Anyone who wishes to remain with ComEd has until June 25 to opt out of the program.
If you want to keep receiving power from ComEd, rather than an alternate supplier contracted by the city, Monday is the last day to opt out. After voters approved a referendum in March to seek lower rates from an alternate supplier, the city council voted unanimously to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy. Under the city’s agreement, Evanston residents and small businesses who participate will receive a 100 percent renewable energy mix for 12 months at the rate of $0.04797 per kilowatt hour, according to a release from the city. That means rates that are about 30 percent lower than ComEd’s summertime price. Anyone who wishes to continue purchasing electricity from ComEd as a supplier must opt out of the program by Monday, June…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Law phases out incandescent bulbs, encourages energy efficient options.
Old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs are on their way to becoming obsolete. The first to go is the 100-watt, which is no longer being produced as of January. The next to go will be the 75-watt bulb in January 2013, followed by 60- and 40-watt bulbs in 2014. The phase-out is a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, which was intended to make better use of resources and to help the U.S. become energy independent. Part of the law sets energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs. The law requires that by 2020 most light bulbs be 60 to 70 percent more efficient than standard incandescent bulbs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ComEd encourages consumers to illuminate their homes with energy-…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Joint operations centers will keep municipalities informed during storms and outages.
Remember last summer? The power outages, homes flooding because sump pumps lost power, and food spoiling in refrigerators? And no one knew when the power was going to come back on? ComEd announced a plan Wednesday to better work with suburban governments when widespread outages occur. Previously: ComEd Can't Pull Plug on Residents' Anger ABC7 reported ComEd plans to set up 17 joint operations centers, or temporary offices, in order to better keep information flowing to municipalities in the event of storms and outages. The joint operations centers will be set up within hours of a storm knocking out power to significant numbers of residents, ComEd said in a statement. They will be triggered when more than 20 percent of customers in an area…
Friday, April 6, 2012
ComEd's service was interrupted in Evanston and Chicago.
Some south Evanston residents found themselves without power Thursday evening when ComEd’s service was interrupted. Two related outages affected nearly 1,800 customers in total. The first outage was caused when a tree came into contact with an overhead wire at 5:20 p.m., said ComEd spokesperson Martha Swaney. Afterward, while ComEd employees attempted to reroute and restore power, a fuse blew at 7 p.m., causing the second outage. “We understand that anytime service is interrupted, it is an inconvenience for our customers,” Swaney said, “but also, keeping in mind that we serve nearly 4 million customers, the good news is that this was a relatively small population that was affected.” The City of Evanston reported that the outage affected …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Governor's veto spurs Garrett, May, Nekritz and Biss to pursue tighter screws on ComEd.
When ComEd appeared Monday before the Highland Park City Council for the third time since June 27 to address reliability issues, its advocacy for the smart grid legislation--previously prevalent--was missing. One reason the ComEd’s “smart grid” legislation may not have come up is because Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the bill, which had an estimated cost to ratepayers of $2.6 billion, hours earlier. Lawmakers could override Quinn's veto when they return in late October. Highland Park officials took up the issue later that day during their council meeting. Mayor Nancy Rotering wrote last month in Patch that the hearing, which featured ComEd executives, would be much anticipated in light of the utility's push for Illinois Senate Bill 1652 and its …