Exelon plans $5 billion investment in clean energy projects

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Chicago, November 16, 2010 — In support of its Exelon 2020 strategy to eliminate the equivalent of its 2001 carbon footprint by 2020, Exelon plans to invest nearly $5 billion in cost-effective, clean energy projects starting this year.

The projects in Illinois, Pennsylvania and other states include energy-efficiency and smart grid programs, economic renewable energy investments, and increased output at Exelon’s nuclear plants.

“We are committed to a clean and secure energy supply at the lowest cost to the communities and customers we serve and the markets in which we operate,” said John W. Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon. “Exelon 2020 is a roadmap for advancing market-driven innovation and economic options.”

Exelon’s plans for investing nearly $5 billion between 2010 and 2015 in state and local economies will result in new material and equipment orders, engineering and construction contracts, and professional and technical service agreements. These investments will help support thousands of jobs, both at Exelon and its more than 5,000 suppliers.

“A clean energy portfolio, based on sound economics, creates compelling value and provides a clear competitive advantage,” Rowe said. “Our Exelon 2020 analysis tells us which actions will provide our customers with clean, reliable and secure power in the most cost-effective manner, while also providing high returns for our shareholders.”

Exelon is now halfway to achieving its goal to eliminate the equivalent of its 2001 carbon footprint by reducing, offsetting or displacing more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020. Reaching the halfway mark is equivalent to taking about 1.5 million cars off the road every year. Key initiatives under Exelon 2020 include:

* Energy-efficiency programs for ComEd and PECO customers and in Exelon’s own operations, including cutting energy use at company facilities by 23 percent

* Increasing output of Exelon’s zero-emission nuclear plants by 100 MW since 2008, with additional future uprates planned

* Investments in renewables, including purchasing a $900 million, 735 MW wind operation from John Deere and building a 10 MW solar plant on Chicago’s South Side

* Smart grid initiatives in Chicago and Philadelphia designed to give customers information and tools to better manage their energy use, starting with the deployment of 720,000 smart meters

* Retiring four inefficient, carbon-intensive fossil units in Pennsylvania that have a combined capacity of 933 MW

Under Exelon 2020, the company conducts an annual analysis of the most cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and the carbon prices needed to make these projects economic. This year, Exelon expanded its analysis to take a broader view on how the industry may respond, especially in light of upcoming EPA rules designed to drastically reduce power plant air pollution, and found that participants in PJM — the 13-state mid-Atlantic power market in which Exelon operates — can cut about 60 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year through energy efficiency, nuclear uprates, coal plant retirements and new natural gas generation.

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