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Commonwealth Edison, commonly known as ComEd, is the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area. The service territory roughly borders in Iroquois County to the south, the Wisconsin border to the north, the Iowa border to the west, and the Indiana border to the east.For more than 100 years, Commonwealth Edison has been the primary electric delivery services company for Northern Illinois. Today, ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation , one of the nation's largest electric and gas utility holding companies. ComEd provides electric service to more than 3.7 million customers across Northern Illinois.Commonwealth Edison's transmission lines operate at voltages of 69,000, 138,000, 345,000, and 765,000 volts, delivering power to their 3.8 million customer base. ComEd's subtransmission voltage is 34,500 volts. Their distribution line voltages are 4,160 volts, 7,20013,800 volts. The company's revenues total more than $15 billion annually.ComEd has interconnections with American Electric Power on its 765KV system and with Wisconsin Electric to the north on its 345KV and 138KV systems and with Ameren to the south on its 345KV system. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 1, 2017
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For more than a century, people plugged their electrical appliances and machines into an outlet and were content to have the power flow from some far-off, unseen location. Electricity arrived from a power plant managed by a rather faceless utility company that most customers didn’t think about for more than a few minutes a month, as they wrote their monthly checks. All this began to change over the past decade as technologies for generating electricity from renewable sources—solar panels in particular—became more affordable and easier to acquire. By installing rooftop solar panels or purchasing backup generators and storage units, some consumers began taking greater responsibility for their own electricity—whether they were pursuing better reliability, more favorable economics or environmental benefits. But for the utilities that manage the electric system, these distributed energy resources (DERs) are a mixed bag. Utility executives are already dealing with a demand curve that is leveling off, due to greater energy efficiency. Now they must find ways to integrate electricity from new sources onto the grid. If unplanned, DERs can represent an unreliable supply of electricity that requires significant investments to accommodate in the grid system. However, when planned, DERs can help utilities deal with peak demand and perhaps even become a source of new revenue for energy companies—if they can find a role in the evolving economics of electricity. The first step is identifying where and how DERs can create value in the grid and for customers. Utilities typically have two broad options to meet peak electricity demand: Supply more electricity to meet demand, or constrain demand by encouraging conservation during peak periods. DERs offer additional options. If they can take up some of the load during peak periods, then utilities can put off investing in new “peaker” plants that supply extra electricity at times of greatest demand. Over time, if DERs result in fewer electrons flowing across the grid, utilities can put off adding substations and extend maintenance schedules. Utilities will still need to make investments in a smarter grid that can handle two-way traffic and integrate flows from many more sources. These investments are in addition to utilities’ existing maintenance and capex obligations, and the shorter lives of DER assets also contribute to attractive returns. Several states have approved grid-modernization programs that ensure such returns, including California (where San Diego Gas & Electric will invest $3.5 billion over 15 years) and Illinois (where Commonwealth Edison will invest $2.6 billion over 10 years). And a smarter grid may bring new opportunities for utilities to generate revenue, beyond infrastructure investments. New rules are coming into play will allow utilities to treat the procuring of electricity from DERs as a regulatory asset, which would in turn allow them to consider the costs of rebates or other DER investments in their rates and make a return on their investment. For example, Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program uses a range of DER technologies (including storage, demand response and energy efficiency) to solve some distribution needs. Finally, customers’ enthusiasm for generating and managing their own electricity suggests a demand for new and competitive businesses that can help customers—particularly commercial and industrial ones—meet those needs. Energy services are becoming a more attractive part of the business, and some of the business models rely heavily on analytics and data gleaned from a smarter grid system. Whether utilities consider DERs primarily as an additional resource for planning electricity consumption—or they explore new revenue opportunities in developing grids or launching new energy service businesses—the arrival of DERs on a massive scale calls for proactive engagement. Utility executives who move assertively to understand and assess the evolving conditions can position their organizations to make the most of the opportunity. Read more: How Utilities Can Make The Most Of Distributed Energy Resources Aaron Denman is a partner with Bain & Company in Chicago, and Hubert Shen is a Bain partner in Los Angeles.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ComEd and Openlands will award grants from the ComEd Green Region Program to 25 recipients, ranging from municipalities to forest preserve districts, throughout northern Illinois. The grantees will each receive up to $10,000 for open space projects that focus on conservation, preservation, and improvements to local parks and recreation resources. This marks the fifth year that ComEd is partnering with Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, for the ComEd Green Region Program. This year’s grant cycle featured a special focus on projects that help pollinators like butterflies and bees. “This year’s Green Region grantees are working diligently to ensure that open spaces in northern Illinois are enhanced, protected, and preserved,” said Fidel Marquez, senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs at ComEd. “The grants will help each of these communities advance its own unique green initiative, from transforming unused turf grass into pollinator gardens to building brand new outdoor classrooms. ComEd is proud to partner with Openlands to support a sustainable future for our communities and our customers.” The Green Region partnership is one of the many ways ComEd and Openlands give back to support environmental projects in the region. Openlands, a Chicago-based non-profit focused on land conservation, is administering the Green Region Program. Earlier this year, municipalities throughout northern Illinois submitted their grant applications, and an advisory committee composed of county government officials and members of the region’s non-profit land conservation community reviewed the applications. “Openlands believes that open space—from trails and preserves to public gardens and tree-lined streets—is critical for the quality of life of our region,” said Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann. “Thanks to ComEd's support, we are able to help communities throughout northern Illinois create and enhance open space where their citizens live, work, and play.” Additional information on the ComEd Green Region Program can be found at www.openlands.org/greenregion. The 25 Green Region grant recipients for 2017 are: Oak Lawn Community Garden Expansion (Oak Lawn Park District): This project will establish pollinator habitat at the Oak Lawn Community Garden to enhance the experience of garden visitors and support pollination for nearby community garden plots. Improving Palmisano Park for Pollinators and People (Chicago Park District Natural Areas Program): This project will improve Chicago’s Palmisano Park, with volunteers installing over 6,400 native plants to provide nectar and host plants for pollinators while contractors repair trails to increase site access. Green Bay Trail Habitat Restoration Project (Village of Glencoe): This project will support the ongoing implementation of the stewardship plan for areas along the Green Bay Trail in Glencoe, including removal of invasive and aggressive species and replanting native trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, and sedges. Niles Pollinator Garden (Village of Niles): This project will transform an unused area of turf grass into a wildlife refuge and pollinator garden, supporting native pollinator species, offering educational signage, and creating an environmental sanctuary for community residents. Restoring Sedge Meadow (Village of South Barrington): This project will involve planting native sedges and wildflowers in areas of a former reed canary grass-dominated field, adjacent to a public pedestrian walking path, as part of a larger effort to eradicate invasive species in this area and reestablish native habitat. Proksa Park Butterfly Garden (Village of Berwyn): This project will reestablish pollinator habitat in the urban setting of Proksa Park and provide educational signage about pollinators. DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration (DeKalb Park District): This project involves developing and implementing a beautification plan for land adjacent to the DeKalb Nature Trail, including removing invasive species, installing native plantings, providing educational signage, and creating a habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Communal Pollinator Garden at Belmont Train Station (Village of Downers Grove): This project will create a pollinator garden on Village-owned property adjacent to the Belmont Avenue train station, promoting long-term, community-based conservation initiatives with native plants and educational signage in this high visibility location. Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Night Heron Marsh Forest Preserve (Forest Preserve District of DuPage County): In conjunction with the regional Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project partnership to build a 975-acre pollinator habitat corridor, this project will restore 25 acres of wetland and prairie as part of a potential 76-acre pollinator habitat area. Village of Glen Ellyn Pollinator Meadow Mix Pilot Program (Village of Glen Ellyn): This project will improve storm water management, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support sustainability for native plants and pollinators by replacing turf grass with pollinator meadow mix in various locations throughout the community. Richmond Community Gardens and Apiary Outdoor Classroom (Village of Westmont): This project will support building an outdoor classroom at the Richmond Education Gardens and Apiary, promoting educational programs about natural gardening, landscaping, the environment, and pollinator habitat. Poynor Park Pollinator Habitat Improvement (Campton Township Open Space): This project will convert approximately 12 acres of turf grass in Poyner Park, a well-used open space site, into native pollinator habitat with educational signage - expanding an established 65-acre prairie/wetland restoration and creating a buffer area around a pond. Henneberry Forest Preserve Tree Mitigation and Prairie Shrubland Restoration Project (Kendall County Forest Preserve District): This project will restore 45 acres of oak savanna and prairie shrubland habitat at Henneberry Forest Preserve, expanding pollinator and conservative grassland bird species habitat as part of the regional Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project. Village of Green Oaks Dennis Dorsey Conservation Area – Northern Flatwoods, Oak/Hickory Woodland, and Vernal Pond Restoration (Village of Green Oaks): This project will continue invasive species management activities, led by volunteer stewards, in a 5-year effort to restore globally-imperiled northern flatwoods and vernal pond habitat, oak/hickory woodland, and high-quality wetlands at the Dennis Dorsey Conservation Area. Pollinator Habitat and Edible Landscaping Along the Robert McClory Bike Trail (City of Highland Park): This project will introduce pollinator habitat and urban food gleaning opportunities along the popular Robert McClory Bike Trail by removing invasive species and planting native plants, fruit trees, woody shrubs, and berry bushes. Fremont Township Conservation Campus (Fremont Township): This project will create and promote a comprehensive "Conservation Campus" at a government center that was not originally designed for an open space focus - including habitat restoration, permaculture gardens, innovative storm water management, and pollinator-friendly plantings along with walking paths and educational components. Farrington Connect the Corridor Project (Village of Buffalo Grove): This project will restore 0.5 acres of streambanks and buffer areas, 0.25 acres of wet bottom basin, 2 acres of dry bottom basin, and 1 acre of degraded woodland along Farrington Ditch, creating a continuous corridor between local parks and public lands that supports native habitat, wildlife, and people. Phase 1 Graves Park Improvements (Village of Seneca Park Board): This project will support Phase 1 development of Graves Park, a new 16-acre park adjacent to the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal and Trail and Seneca's downtown business district, through native landscaping, arboretum plantings, a walking trail, and interpretive signage. Hundred Oaks for a Hundred Years (McHenry County Conservation District): This project will support McHenry County Conservation District's "Hundred Oaks for a Hundred Years" event at Pioneer Fen in October 2017, when students from Johnsburg Schools will plant trees to restore a 40-acre woodland and learn about conservation in the County. Eco-Cultural Connection: Woodstock, Mexico, & Mariposa Monarca (City of Woodstock): This project will establish boardwalk access and enhance pollinator habitat through native plantings at Westwood Conservation Area, create an educational "Mariposa Meander" pollinator garden to introduce community members to pollinator plants and conservation actions, and engage community members from Mexico with bilingual signage and educational activities. Pollinator Enhancement at the McHenry County Administration Building (McHenry County): This project will involve removing existing ornamental plantings at the County’s Administration Building and installing native plant species to provide pollinator habitat, complete xeriscaping and raingarden demonstration projects, and provide educational opportunities. Spella Park Pollinator Project (Village of Algonquin): This project will promote the health of pollinators by restoring 9.5 acres of turf grass, accessible by a local pedestrian trail, to create pollinator habitat that supports on-site educational programming through the Algonquin Library. The Butterfly Ranch at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (Governors State University): This project will transform 11+ acres of successional field into a canvas for butterfly propagation while it provides students, nearby residents, and park visitors with opportunities for bird watching, biking, hiking, and education through didactic signage. Symerton Park (Village of Symerton): This project will acquire 1.5 acres of land for a children's park and open space area, post signage, and implement the site preparation and groundcover planting needed to install playground equipment. A Cleaner Levings Lake (Rockford Park District): This project will install 20 Biohaven Floating Islands within Levings Lake to improve water quality by acting as a floating wetland, cleaning the lake water from excessive nutrients, and providing fish habitat. Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, having helped secure, protect, and provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for parks, forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens. For more information, visit www.openlands.org. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


News Article | July 31, 2017
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A combination of six business associations and social institutions have been named as recipients of funding for the development and administration of future energy jobs training as a part of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). Chicago Urban League, Austin People’s Action Center, ASPIRA, HACIA, Chatham Business Association and the National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) will develop training programs related to solar and energy efficiency as a part of the FEJA’s goal to prepare a workforce ready for the future energy industry. ComEd, the Clean Jobs Coalition, and the grantee groups came together at Austin People’s Action Center today to mark ComEd’s filing of the FEJA Jobs Training plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission. Passed by the Illinois Legislature in 2016, and effective June 1, 2016, FEJA allocates $10 million every four years in 2017, 2021, and 2025—a total of $30 million-- for solar pipeline training programs, craft apprenticeships and multicultural training for individuals from diverse and/or underserved backgrounds. “Today’s filing with the ICC marks a critical milestone in bringing this Jobs Training program to life,” said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd President and CEO. “This training program is one of several of the Future Energy Jobs Act's elements that help set a course for Illinois' energy future -- the gateway to clean energy and $4B in anticipated energy efficiency savings already have been set in motion and now we launch training for new economy jobs.” Stakeholders and training organizations were engaged to help develop a collaborative plan. ComEd will continue working with these partners to design programs that will involve a breadth of organizations from various communities, and which ensure accountability and shared expectations. The six grantees of the multicultural jobs program are: Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition spokesman Pastor Booker Vance of Faith in Place said, “We stand in support of ComEd’s filing of a Jobs Training Plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission; a key joint initiative of the Future Energy Jobs Act that not only provides training but set forth the career pathway to create job opportunities for returning citizens, Foster Care Alumni and minorities and women contractors.” “Today, ComEd has taken its commitment to building a skilled, diverse workforce to an entirely new level,” said Shari Runner, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “Because of this generous contribution, the League is empowered to make an even greater impact in the communities we serve. We’ll increase the delivery of critical job training programs so that our clients will secure employment to improve the quality of their lives and that of their families.” “This program will dramatically change the lives of National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) graduates, by preparing and positioning them in the market to find excellent jobs in the new energy economy,” said NLEI Executive Director Elba Aranda-Suh. “A partnership like this, which brings good jobs to the people who need them and highly-trained applicants to the employers who need them, is the kind of innovative approach that is going to propel Illinois forward, and NLEI is ready to lead the way in this field of job training.” “Aspira is excited to join forces with ComEd and other organizations to prepare a diversified, well educated workforce. FEJA will help create a brighter future for underrepresented, talented youth by offering training and career opportunities in the emerging solar industry,” said Dr. Wanda Figueroa-Peralta, President & CEO, Aspira. “It will also help our state to serve as a national model for responsible economic development, innovation and collaboration.” “We are thrilled that HACIA has been selected to participate in the Future Energy Job Act Training Program,” said Jorge Perez, Executive Director of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA). “We have a strong legacy of providing training for Hispanic and minority contractors that gives them capacity building skills, certifications and knowledge they need to grow their businesses. The FEJA Act will provide a new market place with tremendous potential for contractors to enter and grow their business.” “ComEd and Chatham Business Association piloted a workforce training program pairing employment opportunity for local residents with energy efficiency consumer education, resulting in significant energy savings for an entire community,” said Melinda Kelly, Chairman, Chatham Business Association. “We are proud to be a partner in a program that is creating innovative model programs that will ensure jobs with economic value show up in our communities." “Austin Peoples Action Center is dedicated to changing lives in our neighborhoods. As an organization and as a greater community we need to look around and see what we can change to make people's lives better,” said Cynthia Williams, President and CEO, Austin People’s Action Center. “This program is what this community has been waiting on: the opportunity to participate in Solar training pipeline and other recognized programs for crafts, trades, and skills in the electric industry, with a fresh air of possibilities for the disadvantaged and minority members of our communities.” “The FEJA program will provide many new employment opportunities for citizens across the State of Illinois,” said Donald Finn, Business Manager, IBEW 134. “Solar technology is changing on a daily basis; therefore solar training is critical for the Illinois solar program to be successful. IBEW is very happy to be part of this training program.” Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is made up of Illinois businesses and organizations representing the state’s environmental, business and faith communities. Coalition members are working to improve public health, help consumers, better the environment, and create tens of thousands of new clean jobs across the state. Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, air, and water. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy. Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit www.thechicagourbanleague.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The National Latino Education Institute, formerly the Spanish Coalition for Jobs, offers a broad array of accredited training programs in both the business and medical fields specially designed to help you gain employment after graduation. As a non-profit we provide training and services at significantly affordable rates without sacrificing the quality of training. ASPIRA (Spanish for “Aspire”) is a historic Puerto Rican, non-profit, national organization that prepares Latinos and other minority youth to achieve academic excellence, contribute to society, and become leaders in their communities. ASPIRA fosters equity and achievement through education leadership and community. ASPIRA operates a youth development center, four schools, leadership clubs, mentoring and workforce development programs. For more information, visit www.aspirail.org. A 501 (c) (6) organization founded in 1979, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) works to ensure the equitable participation of its members in the design, engineering and construction industry, while also promoting the growth, quality of work, professionalism and integrity of these individuals and businesses. With over 300 members, HACIA members have an annual economic output of $700 million a year. In addition, the organization works to provide scholarships for Hispanic College students and training for contractors looking to increase their firms’ capacity in construction. Chatham Business Association Small Business Development Inc. (“CBA”) is a non-for-profit organization formed with a mission to promote political and economic stability in Chatham over 45 years ago. Since then as a result of our expertise in small business growth and development our market has expanded to serving businesses throughout the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. CBA’s purpose is to serve as a vehicle for enhancing social and economic growth in the southern region of Illinois by creating opportunities and programs that promote community stability. APAC's Board of Directors and staff believe that people deserve the right to have adequate nutrition, medical care, job opportunities, affordable housing and access to educational opportunities. We believe that if people get help and support through the crisis periods in their lives, education in all phases of daily living, job opportunities, career education opportunities and encouragement to participate in their community, they will derive strength, dignity and self-esteem and become citizens who contribute to growth and economic development of their community, no longer having to depend on the welfare system. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 (“IBEW Local 134”) is a 501(c) (5) labor organization in operation for over 115 years that serve Cook County. IBEW Local 134 has operated and continues to operate Department of Labor (“DOL”) certified apprenticeship programs for a variety of areas in the electrical industry, such as electrical construction and electrical communication. For more information, please visit us at www.lu134.org.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have come together to award Powering Safe Communities grants to 25 Illinois municipalities – each receiving up to $10,000 to fund local public safety projects. In the program’s third year, ComEd has increased both funding and the number of projects supported through their Powering Safe Communities Program. “ComEd serves nearly 4 million customers throughout northern Illinois, and our dedication to these customers goes beyond providing energy to power their everyday lives. Keeping our communities safe is ComEd's number one priority, and therefore, we knew it was essential to expand the program this year in order to help communities maximize the impact of their public safety initiatives,” said Fidel Marquez, Senior Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd. These grants will provide additional resources to help each winning municipality improve the efficiency and delivery of public safety programs, increase community resiliency, and address unmet safety needs. The Metropolitan Planning Council reviewed all of the applications, and grants of up to $10,000 were offered to support the most innovative, impactful, and essential public safety projects. “From purchasing lifejackets at a community pool to installing a new emergency tornado siren, all of the municipalities receiving grants through this program have proposed innovative ideas to help enhance safety for the people they serve. We commend them for championing this important effort,” said Marquez. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a regional council of governments that fosters collaboration to improve the quality of life for communities in the region, will administer the Powering Safe Communities grants. “Municipal governments throughout the area are constantly seeking resourceful ways to keep their communities safe. We applaud the tireless work of our public servants who are dedicated to assuring the safety and well-being of community members where they live and work,” said Jim Holland, Mayors Caucus Executive Board Chairman and Mayor of Frankfort. “Thanks to ComEd's generous partnership, over two-dozen municipalities will be able to address unmet safety concerns, thereby protecting both public servants and the residents they serve.” Additional information on the Powering Safe Communities Program can be found here: http://mayorscaucus.org/initiatives/environment/psc/ The 25 Powering Safe Communities grant recipients for 2017 are: The Village of Ashton’s grant will support the purchase of information display signs that will protect the lives of residents, guests, and those passing through the Village in emergency situations and during festivities. The Village of Beach Park’s grant will help support the purchase and installation of an outdoor early warning siren system. The funding received will be used for the research and bidding process, purchase of the controlling equipment and two sirens, and the installation of the sirens. The Village currently has no outdoor warning siren system. The Village of Brookfield Police Department’s grant will fund the purchase and installation of high-quality HD video cameras in selected locations throughout the Village. The cameras will enhance public safety efforts in the community, giving residents a sense of security and allowing law enforcement to follow-up on incidents that may jeopardize public safety. The Village of Buffalo Grove Police Department’s grant will be used to fund the installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in patrol vehicles, increasing the chance of survival for those who experience cardiac arrest. The Police Department’s goal is to add one AED to their patrol fleet each year. The Village of Burr Ridge’s grant will fund the installation of two new flashing beacons adjacent to the existing Wolf Road pedestrian crossing. The crossing is located between Pleasantdale Middle School and the Walker Park Recreation Center. The beacons will be placed to provide increased pedestrian visibility and advanced warning to motorists that pedestrians will be entering the crosswalk. The DeKalb Park District’s grant will fund two public safety initiatives at Hopkins Pool. The first will purchase personal floatation devices (life jackets) that will be made available at no charge to pool users during open swim, as well as for educational programs during swim lessons. The second initiative will overhaul the public address system at the facility for making safety and evacuation announcements. The Village of Elmwood Park’s grant will fund the purchase of a radar speed/traffic collection device and LED traffic control signs to post around the neighborhood's parks and schools. The device and signs will keep drivers attentive of their speed as they enter areas populated with children. The Fox Lake Police Department’s grant will fund the purchase of three Aluminum Custom Ford Interceptor Mobile Command Centers that will be installed in the trunks of command cars and can be utilized as tactical operation centers during multijurisdictional police activities. The Village of Franklin Park Fire Department’s grant will fund the replacement of two Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs). The TICs will allow the Fire Department to conduct faster searches in order to locate possible victims for rapid maximizing the survivability of those victims. In addition, the TICs can be a vital tool in the identification of live power lines located near fallen trees, especially during severe weather. The Village of Glencoe’s grant will fund the purchase of multiple solar powered, pole mounted vehicle activated message displays that will provide a cautionary reminder to drivers. The displays will be placed throughout the Village in areas with higher concentrations of traffic, with particular attention paid to park and school district facilities. The Village of Hawthorn Woods’ grant will support the purchase of Livescan Technology for the Hawthorn Woods Police Department. Livescan is an inkless, electronic means of capturing fingerprints in a digitalized format and then transmitting them to the Illinois State Police and/or the FBI. The technology will eliminate the Police Department’s use of costly, outdated, and less secure alternatives. The City of Highland Park’s grant will support the purchase of 45 voice amplification units which will attach to respirators used by firefighters during atmospherically hazardous emergency responses. These units will replace existing voice amplification units which are failing, and they will allow the firefighters to communicate with one another, especially in emergency conditions with loud ambient noise. The Lake Forest Fire Department’s grant will support the replacement and expansion of Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) for department operations. The acquisition of new TICs will allow the Fire Department to conduct faster searches in order to locate possible victims for rapid removal, maximizing the survivability of those victims. In addition, the TICs can be a vital tool in the identification of live power lines located near fallen trees, especially during severe weather. The Village of Lincolnshire’s grant will fund the purchase of four LED “School Speed Zone” signs and two LED school crossing signs. The Village of Lincolnwood’s grant will fund the purchase of two patrol bicycles so the Police Department can ensure safe passage for residents and visitors utilizing the bike paths that were constructed in late 2016. The grant will also fund the purchase of a panic button and automated external defibrillator (AED) to be placed inside of the vestibule in the public area of the Police Department. The device can be utilized by visitors during emergency situations when the building is not staffed. The Village of Lyons’ grant will support the installation of four flashing LED pedestrian crossing signs at the intersections of Ogden Avenue/Shakespeare Avenue and Lawndale Avenue/42nd Street. These intersections receive heavy pedestrian traffic because of their proximity to the Cook County Forest Preserve Salt Creek Trail System and various public parks. These beacon signals will use pedestrian activation buttons to engage pedestrian traffic and keep drivers aware of hazard signs. The Village of McCullom Lake’s grant will support the purchase of a new emergency/tornado siren. The Village’s current siren was damaged beyond repair by a lightning storm in the spring of 2015. The Orland Park Police Department’s grant will help fund the Village’s Residential Burglary Reduction Program through the acquisition and placement of ten surveillance cameras. The cameras will aid in the identification and apprehension of felonious offenders by allowing investigators to view encrypted video from reported burglaries in real time. The Palatine Police Department’s grant will fund the acquisition of electronic display message boards that will assist the Village in directing substantial pedestrian and vehicular traffic at over 30 major outdoor events throughout the year. The message boards will free police officers from informational posts, allowing them to be placed at more critical safety/security or busy traffic direction assignments. The Village of Richton Park Police Department’s grant will fund the purchase of Crime Fighter BEAST, a current day, user-friendly and widely accepted property/evidence inventory system. Crime Fighter BEAST will replace an outdated records system that makes the process of evidence collection and documentation complicated and time-consuming. The Village of South Chicago Heights’ grant will support the purchase of a 12 Lead Cardiac Monitor, a life-saving cardiac monitor/defibrillator, for their Fire Department. The vital tool will be used in the Department’s Advanced Life Support ambulance to perform lifesaving procedures on patients in critical condition and send vital patient information to the transporting hospitals. The Village of Steger Police Department’s grant will support the purchase of a handheld thermal imaging camera. The Village is surrounded by Forest Preserve and heavily wooded land, making searching for victims and/or offenders difficult at night. The camera will enhance officers’ ability to serve and protect the community, as well as help officer safety-related issues. The Village of Summit’s grant will fund the purchase of lifesaving smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for seniors in the community. In addition to providing the aging population of Summit with the detectors, the Fire Department plans to train seniors on how to use them, thereby reducing accidental deaths and injuries. The Thornton Fire Department’s grant will support the purchase of a Stryker Power Cot for one of their ambulances. The power cot uses a battery-powered hydraulic system that raises and lowers patients without paramedic assistance. The device virtually eliminates patient drops, greatly enhancing the safety of both patients and paramedics. The City of West Chicago’s grant will help support the installation of a new outdoor warning siren in the area of Atlantic Drive and Illinois Route 64. There are currently seven warning sirens in the fifteen square miles of West Chicago, but none cover the proposed area. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages. Founded in 1997 by then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and leading mayors from nine suburban municipal groups, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus pushes past geographical boundaries and local interests to work on public policy issues. The caucus provides a forum for metropolitan Chicago’s chief elected officials to collaborate on common problems and work toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home. For more information visit http://mayorscaucus.org/ Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Patent
Commonwealth Edison | Date: 2017-03-29

The present invention relates to closure devices In heart surgery procedures, in particular in transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI). An occlusion device is provided comprising first and second disks (2, 3) havingfirst and second enlarged diameter flange portions (25, 35) adapted to be placed proximate either end of an apical hole in a patients heart wall. First and second shoulder portions (20, 30) of the respective disks (2, 3) are adapted to be placed within the apical hole near either end. A central waist portion (4) extends between and interconnects the first and second disks (2, 3) along a center axis (A) of the device. The central waist portion (4) is adapted to extend through the apical hole and connect the first and second disks (2, 3), while urging the disks (2, 3) toward one another when in the mounted condition.


News Article | July 25, 2017
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amid the hottest time of the year, consumer advocates joined with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Tuesday to make Chicago-area consumers aware that cooling an empty home, while they are away at work or on vacation, can cause summer energy bills to soar. Smart thermostats provide the easy solution to high seasonal bills, and this summer, northern Illinois consumers can take advantage of unprecedented rebates as part of one of the largest thermostat rebate programs in the country. The "One Million Smart Thermostats" initiative, launched in October 2015, is a partnership between the utilities and the advocacy groups Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) and Citizens Utility Board (CUB). Under this initiative smart thermostats are eligible for up to $150 in rebates offered by ComEd and other Illinois gas utilities for customers with WiFi, central air and a furnace. The rebates can help cut the cost of some of these smart devices by more than 50 percent, and give more control to northern Illinois consumers to save money by reducing wasteful energy use. The goal of the program this year is to double the adoption to 100,000 smart thermostats in households across Illinois. To help create awareness and boost adoption, ComEd has launched an educational campaign and a new instant discount option for customers. “ComEd’s smart thermostat rebate initiative is one of the largest and most active programs in the nation, reducing up-front costs for our customers on a product that gives them more control and even greater savings over time. With just a few taps on a smart thermostat app, customers can manage their household temperature while away from home avoiding unnecessary energy use and costs," said ComEd President & CEO Anne Pramaggiore. Smart thermostats are WiFi-enabled devices that allow residents to easily control the heating and air conditioning settings through their smartphones, tablets, and computers. The technology is smart because it learns or adapts to user behavior over time and can generate energy savings with very little effort. Residents remain comfortable when home and save money on heating and cooling energy costs while away at work or on vacation. “Smart thermostats do the work for you – they adjust the temperature automatically when you’re not home," said Rob Kelter, senior attorney for ELPC. "We want even more customers to take advantage of the great technological innovation of smart thermostats and keep more money in their pockets.” CUB Executive Director David Kolata said smart thermostats can help consumers cut their cooling costs by an estimated 10 to 20 percent. “Smart thermostats prove just how easy and effective energy efficiency can be,” Kolata said. “The savings from these easy-to-use devices could be substantial—potentially cutting northern Illinois electric bills by millions of dollars. We urge ComEd customers to take advantage of the unprecedented discounts - available online and in stores- to buy a smart thermostat this summer.” “The best way for consumers to control their electric bills, and help the environment, is to reduce consumption,” said Brien J. Sheahan, Chairman of the ICC. “Smart thermostats give consumers greater control of, and visibility into, their energy use which promotes conservation and helps save money.” To make it easier for customers to redeem rebates, ComEd launched a new website, ComEdMarketplace.com, where customers can shop for smart thermostats and other top-rated energy products and take advantage of online instant rebates that reduce purchase costs. ComEd officials said the smart thermostat program is part of one of the nation’s best-performing energy efficiency programs, saving consumers some $2.5 billion. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is about to get even better, thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), a bipartisan bill that passed the Illinois General Assembly late in 2016 and was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. In June, ComEd filed with the ICC a new Energy Efficiency Program, under FEJA. The law will double customer savings and reduce electricity use in Illinois by 21 percent by 2030. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, the nonprofit utility watchdog group has saved consumers more than $20 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds. For more details, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, or visit CUB’s award-winning website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org. ecobee Inc. introduced the world’s first smart wi-fi smart thermostat to help millions of customers save money, conserve energy and seamlessly bring home automation into their lives. The company’s first flagship consumer device – ecobee3 – introduced pioneering room sensor technology to deliver comfort in the rooms that matter most, leading it to become a top-selling smart thermostat on the market and achieve a No. 1 ranking on Navigant’s Smart Thermostat Leaderboard. Learn more about ecobee and its smart home technologies at www.ecobee.com. Nest’s mission is to create a home that’s thoughtful - one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. The company focuses on simple, beautiful and delightful hardware, software and services. The Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Energy Services keep you comfortable and address home energy consumption. The Nest Protect™ smoke and carbon monoxide alarm helps keep you safe and Nest Safety Rewards lets you save money through participating home insurance providers, while Nest Cam™ keeps an eye on what matters most inside and outside your home. For more information, visit www.nest.com.


News Article | June 28, 2017
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program has excelled to new heights. To date, ComEd customers have saved a record-breaking $2.5 billion through energy efficiency programs and will save even more with a new plan to be filed under the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) that will nearly double savings for customers and reduce electricity use in Illinois by 21 percent by 2030. Today ComEd, along with members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, celebrated the milestone that has led to ComEd’s recent ranking as one of the top 10 most energy-efficient utilities in the nation by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The celebration took place at Shedd Aquarium, which has saved nearly 1.5 million kWh and $131,000 through ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program. ComEd also announced it will file on Friday with the Illinois Commerce Commission a new program that will provide energy efficiency funding of $350 million per year for each of the next four years. The expanded energy efficiency funding is a key provision of FEJA, passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Rauner last year. Through FEJA, which went into effect this month, ComEd’s investments in energy efficiency programs will almost double by 2030. Significant funding will be provided to grow existing programs for residential and business customers, such as product rebates, energy assessments, weatherization offerings and retrofitting initiatives. There also will be significant funding for low-income energy efficiency programs and research and development of new and innovative products and services. “Through FEJA, one of the nation’s best performing energy efficiency programs will get even better with more funding and innovation, bringing even greater value and savings to our customers,” said Fidel Marquez, senior vice president, Governmental & External Affairs, ComEd. Energy efficiency investments made through FEJA also will create thousands of clean energy jobs through expanded programs and energy innovation, while also preserving low rates and creating a competitive economic advantage for Illinois. “About 85,000 people in Illinois work in the field of energy efficiency. Those people are in cities across Illinois, including in the low-income communities that we serve,” said Anne Evens, CEO of Elevate Energy. “The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) will push that number higher, as more customers and more types of facilities will be encouraged to take advantage of energy efficiency.” “Illinois already enjoys some of the lowest electricity bills in the Midwest because of energy efficiency, and the Future Energy Jobs Act expands on that, establishing one of the nation’s most ambitious efficiency programs,” said Dave Kolata, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB). “Residential customers will enjoy at least $4 billion in lower electric bills over the lifetime of the law, which also includes important safeguards to cap any cost impact on consumers,” he said. Shedd Aquarium has committed to reducing their energy consumption in half by 2020. Over the last four years they have conducted a number of sustainable projects, including: installed 913 solar panels on the roof of the aquarium, retrofitted more than 1,000 light fixtures with LED lightbulbs and most recently, installed a one-megawatt lithium ion battery storage system to offset its consumption of energy from local power plants. “Shedd Aquarium is the perfect place to celebrate the program’s $2.5 billion milestone, as they demonstrate what can be accomplished by investing in sustainable and energy-efficient business practices,” said Marquez. In addition, to help jumpstart customer savings, ComEd gave away 250 energy efficiency products to customers visiting the Aquarium, including smart thermostats, power cords, and more. For more information on the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, visit ComEd.com/HomeSavings for residential customers and ComEd.com/BizSavings for business customers. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.9 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Elevate Energy works across Illinois and throughout the Midwest designing and implementing efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, the nonprofit utility watchdog group has saved consumers more than $20 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds. For more details, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, or visit CUB’s award-winning website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition includes more than 200 environmental, faith, consumer and environmental justice organizations and clean energy businesses working to increase renewable energy and energy efficiency in Illinois. For more information, visit http://ilcleanjobs.org.


Patent
Commonwealth Edison | Date: 2016-01-18

A closure device, specifically an occlusion device for heart surgery procedures, e.g., transapical aortic valve implantation, comprises first and second disks (2, 3) having first and second enlarged diameter flange portions (25, 35) adapted to be placed proximate either end of an apical hole in a patients heart wall, and first and second shoulder portions (20, 30) adapted to be placed within the apical hole near either end. A central waist portion (4) extends between the first and second disks (2, 3) along a center axis (A) of the device and is adapted to extend through the apical hole and interconnect the first and second disks (2, 3), while urging the disks (2, 3) toward one another when in the mounted condition.


Patent
Commonwealth Edison | Date: 2015-04-01

A cover comprises a frame having first and second sides oppositely disposed from one another. The frame defines a perimeter. A first plate is attached to the first side of the frame. A portion of the first plate extends outwardly from the perimeter and forms an engagement surface surrounding the frame. A second plate is attached to the second side of the frame. The cover has at least one lifting lug attached to the second plate. A gasket is attached to the engagement surface of the first plate. The cover is positioned within an opening to a vault. A portion of the interior surface of the vault forms a peripheral surface surrounding the opening. The cover is drawn against the opening so as to engage the gasket attached to the engagement surface of the cover with the peripheral surface surrounding the opening.


Patent
Commonwealth Edison | Date: 2012-10-26

A pulley system is provided to encourage contact between a pulley and a rope, chain, cord, cable and the like. The pulley system has first and second side legs, an axle, a pulley and at least one guide member. The guide member can be coupled to or formed integrally with at least one of the side legs. The guide member has at least one wall extending outwardly and away from the radial direction of the pulley to act as a funnel and encourage contact between a rope, chain, cable and the like and the pulley, thereby reducing the amount of force required to pull the item.

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