Friday, March 29, 2013
The electricity company is offering $10 million in assistance funds for those facing disconnection.
With the start of spring and an increase in temperatures, the end of the winter moratorium on service disconnections for residential customers has arrived. To help customers in financial hardship who may be facing disconnection, ComEd announced it has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds for the second consecutive year. These dollars are part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to help ComEd customers struggling to pay their utility bills, a result of Smart Grid law enacted in 2011. “We realize some customers fall on hard times and need assistance with paying their monthly electric bill,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customers Operations, ComEd. “This is why we want to ensure customers who are in need are aware of …
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, …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
West Lake Street is blocked due to a fallen tree branch.
The morning storm caused a tree branch to snap, falling on top of power lines on West Lake Street. The road is currently blocked due to the issue. The branch not only fell on the power lines, but also snapped the utility pole. "We're waiting on ComEd to come out and take care of their end, and then we'll clean up the tree," Barrington's Acting Public Works Director Mark Werksman said.
Roughly 1,000 customers are affected in the Barrington area.
As of 8 a.m., 20,000 Commonwealth residential and businesses customers are without power in Northern Illinois, according to a ComEd Spokesman. About 1,100 of those customers are in the Barrington area. “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 northern region extends south to Wheaton, north to Zion, west to Crystal Lake and east to Highland Park and Evanston area. ComEd crews will be working to restore power throughout the day and into the evening if needed, Hernandez said. “It is unclear when power will be restored,” Hernandez said…
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 18, 2012
A large tree has fallen on power lines.
High winds have caused a large tree to topple on power lines in the village of Barrington. Village Manager Jeff Lawler confirms a large tree fell across two primary lines near CVS Pharmacy. Two major traffic lights were out. Police were directing traffic at that time. As of 5:20 p.m. ComEd reports the power is back on to most impacted by the outage.
Friday, June 1, 2012
The village of Barrington has signed a power supply agreement with MC Squared Energy Services.
The village of Barrington has taken another step towards providing residents with a less expensive electricity bill. On May 24, the village entered into a two-year power supply agreement with MC Squared Energy Services, LLC, who provided the lowest cost bid of 4.739 cents per kilowatt hour. ComEd’s supply rate is approximately 8 cents per kilowatt hour. The village utilized the services of the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative to assist them in the process, which began after the electrical aggregation referendum was passed during the March 20 election. “We signed an agreement with MC Squared, so we’re now moving forward. It’s just a step by step process…they gave us a very nice rate as you can see,” said Public Works …
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 …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Job hunters have tough task; Argonne expansion to bring 1,000-plus jobs.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale is responsible for a new law that goes after physicians and health care workers who are convicted of sexual and violent crimes. The law will strip the licenses of physicians and health care workers convicted of sexual and violent crimes. “I’m the father of two young daughters. It made my blood boil when I realized that convicted sex offenders were still potentially working as pediatricians, or given positions of trust working with disabled individuals or the elderly,” Dillard explained It's no easy feat, the business of finding someone a job. Doubly so in a bad economy. Yet North Shore staffing agencies are tackling that difficult task: Connect the too large pool of candidates with the too few job …
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Gasoline generators are freezer-savers when ComEd's service gets blown away, but do the raccoons get any sleep?