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, …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Michael Kurschner is participating in a new energy ambassador program through ComEd.
When it comes to failing to conserve energy by learning items like cell phone chargers plugged in while not in use, Michael Kurschner readily admits that he's guilty. Items like appliances, too, still draw power when they're plugged in but not being used. "That is called 'phantom power' and it can cost the average person a couple hundred dollars a year," said Kurschner. These are lessons that Kurschner is now putting into practice—and he's teaching others to do so, too. Kurschner, a resident at Lambs Farm, was selected to participate in a new ComEd program for adults with developmental disabilities. Kurschner attended a day of training in Chicago with nine or 10 people from other agencies, and they were all taught ways to conserve energy …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The northern region includes Libertyville and Vernon Hills
As of 8 a.m., 20,000 residential and businesses customers were without power in Northern Illinois, according to a ComEd Spokesman. “We have deployed crews, they are going to the areas impacted by the storm," said Tony Hernandez, ComEd Spokesman. "Once they get on site and determine whether they need to clear tree debris they will start restoring power as soon as possible.” The region includes Libertyville and Vernon Hills. As of 11 a.m., 10 customers were reportedly without power near Routes 21 and 176 in Libertyville. Outages were also being reported off of Route 21 near North Hollister Drive and on North Fairway Drive in Vernon Hills. For specific power outage information in your area, check out this map. The northern region extends …
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 …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Improvements aimed at reducing customer service interruptions.
ComEd is in the process of upgrading Libertyville's electricity infrastructure, with more than 24,000 feet of underground residential distribution cable being replaced or refurbished throughout the village this year. Matt Bailey, a ComEd spokesman, said a number of areas are being targeted for improvements, including: "This cable will either be refurbished or replaced where necessary to reduce the number of customer service interruptions due to cable failures," said Bailey. Six distribution automation devices — three near Midlothian and Courtland and three near Winchester and Milwaukee Avenue — will be installed. Bailey said these devices are "designed to improve performance and reduce interruptions" by allowing ComEd "to automatically …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
A safety reminder from ComEd.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Warm weather brings outdoor parties for graduations, birthdays and weddings, but it also brings power outages when Mylar balloons from those festivities come into contact with power lines. So far this year, Mylar balloons have caused power outages affecting approximately 11,000 customers. That number will rise this summer unless people take precaution and secure balloons when using them outdoors. The number of customers affected by Mylar balloon-related outages from Jan. 1 through May 2 is significantly higher than the 6,700 customers impacted for the same period in 2011. In fact, approximately 900 ComEd customers experienced a Mylar balloon-related outage on May 2 onChicago’s North Side. When a Mylar balloon contacts a power line or a …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The village will hold public hears during its regular Village Board meetings on April 10 and 24.
Libertyville will hold a public hearing on its electric power aggregation plan on April 10. Two public hearings are required before the village can implement the electrical aggregation referendum, which Libertyville voters approved on March 20. The second public hearing will be on April 24. Once the hearings are completed and the Village Board approves the Electric Power Aggregation Plan of Operation and Governance, the village will solicit and award bids. A draft of the plan can be found on the village’s website. The village, working with Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative Inc. and other communities, plans to solicit bids from prospective electricity suppliers in May. New rates are expected to go into effect later this …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
ComEd provided the following press release Tuesday regarding recent scams.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Prompted by a recent upswing in incidents involving scam artists impersonating Commonwealth Eddison workers, the utility company is alerting its customers to be wary of schemes that could cost them. “Last year, ComEd received 13 reports of impersonation incidents,” said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president, Strategy and Administration, ComEd. “In just the past two months of this year, we’ve already received 28 reports of customers who have been lured into disclosing credit card information, handing over money to scam artists or allowing an impersonator to enter their homes.” In many of the reported cases, the impersonators identified themselves as a utility employee. Some of the perpetrators wore clothing, such as a hard hat, items …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Special Projects Committee members unanimously recommends the village seek authority to negotiate electricity prices for the community.
Village trustees are recommending the village board move forward with a referendum question asking residents to give the village authority to negotiate electricity prices for the community. Libertyville could join a growing number of Illinois towns that are looking for cheaper electricity than Commonwealth Edison, however it would first need voters’ approval via a referendum in the February primary. If voters approve, the village would then have authority to solicit bids from other power companies. The village’s Special Projects Committee has unanimously approved recommending using Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative (NIMEC) as the company to help Libertyville through the referendum process and select an electricity supplier…
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Six-year-old battles cancer with new proton therapy.
First-year Republican Illinois State Senator Suzanne "Suzi" Schmidt was involved in her second domestic dispute call in just over a month at the Lake Villa home she shares with her husband Monday. No arrests were made in either incident. Schmidt was the chairman of the Lake County board from 2000 to 2010. A car crash on Tuesday, in Skokie, has left more than 1,500 ComEd customers without power. The accident happened near Hamlin Avenue and Harvard Terrace. The utility poles were snapped in half upon impact. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene before authorities could arrive. A 14-year-old girl who had been sleeping on a sofa in west suburban Maywood was killed early Tuesday when a car crashed into the apartment where she lived and …