ComEd sees year’s highest electric demand of over 21,000 MW

CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2002 — Recent hot humid weather sent electric demand in Northern Illinois to its highest level this year. ComEd delivered 21,052 megawatts (MW) of power late Wednesday afternoon, up from the year’s previous peak of 20,890 megawatts on July 8.

The company’s current all-time peak demand record is 21,574 MW set on August 9, 2001.

With another day of hot humid weather on the way and potential storms in the forecast, ComEd has taken steps to prepare for heavy demand on its electric system by postponing planned work that would require equipment to be out of service and scheduling extra work crews, as appropriate, to handle any problems that may occur.

“While we can never eliminate the risk of an outage in weather like this, especially with thunderstorms possible, it’s our priority to respond as quickly as possible to any power outages that may occur so we can minimize the inconvenience to our customers,” said Greg Dudkin, ComEd’s executive vice president of operations.

ComEd has enough electricity under contract to meet demand and keep its customers cool this summer.

This year, ComEd completed more than 400 reliability improvement projects across its service territory to prepare the electric system for summer.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC – News) one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with nearly $15 billion in revenues and a customer base of five million. ComEd provides service to more than 3.4 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

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