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Chicago mayor considers breaking up with ComEd, seeks RFI

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the city will evaluate information from the electricity industry, including ComEd, regarding a new franchise agreement with the city.

ComEd’s holiday gift to customers, a rate decrease, approved

The new delivery rate will lower residential customer bills by about $1 per month, resulting in an average monthly bill of close to $82, which is lower than customer bills in 2008. Energy supply charges account for almost half of the monthly residential bill, and ComEd does not mark up or profit on these costs.
Smart Meter

Smart meters giving Missouri customers incentive to save energy during peaks

Evergy and Ameren Missouri are both rolling out optional time-of-use rates to customers as they install smart meters.  Missouri's two major electric utilities are introducing programs that give customers an incentive to save energy during...

Moratorium on residential disconnections voluntarily extended further by several Illinois utilities

This week, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) announced that several of the state's regulated electric, natural gas, water and sewer utilities have once again voluntarily agreed to extend the moratorium on disconnections for residential customers.   The following companies...

Nominations now open for the best utility customer-centric programs

The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) recently announced the opening of the nominations window for the 2021 Best Practices Awards, a unique awards program that highlights leadership from electricity providers in developing customer-centric programs, services and strategies. Previous...
Squirrel

How goats and beekeepers help Illinois utilities avoid power outages

Protecting power lines from overgrown foliage and curious squirrels – and vice versa – often calls for creative solutions. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more people are working from home – placing more demand on...

Exelon takes STEM Academy for female students virtual this time around

Exelon is not letting COVID-19 stop its push for helping young women develop careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Chicago-based utility holding company's non-profit Exelon Foundation is bringing back its annual STEM Innovation Leadership...
Transmission Storm

Chicago’s Resilient Electric Grid project moves forward with new cable for ComEd substations

Nexans today announced that they were awarded a contract from AMSC to produce cable for the Resilient Electric Grid (REG) project in Chicago. The REG system will provide protection against catastrophic effects resulting from...
People Talking

White paper offers examples of successful utility programs for residential customers

The Smart Energy Customer Collaborative (SECC) announced the release of a new white paper, "Identifying and Meeting Customer Needs," which highlights services for residential customers from electricity providers across the U.S. The white paper is based on five themes...
Illinois Solar

Illinois ruling is a green light for third-party solar projects

The use of power purchase agreements for solar projects had been unclear before state regulators clarified last month. A February ruling by the Illinois Commerce Commission has smoothed the way for many schools, municipal buildings...