As a result of landmark legislation passed in 2007, ComEd has unveiled a
portfolio of energy efficiency programs designed to reduce total electricity consumption in Illinois by 2% by 2015. The programs offer incentives for the installation of higher efficiency equipment (i.e., lighting technologies, motors, HVAC systems) as well as a new construction design program perfect for businesses considering building a new facility.
Energy efficiency reduces customers’ bills and benefits the environment by reducing the amount of power needed from power plants that emit greenhouse gases linked to global climate change. The incentive programs offer yet another competitive advantage to an Illinois location.
Since January 1, 2001, all commercial and industrial businesses in Illinois have been able to select an electricity provider of their choice — as part of legislation passed in 1997 that set restructuring of the Illinois utility industry in motion. Businesses have many competitive electricity supply options available to them which offers a tremendous advantage over neighboring Midwestern states that do not allow electricity choice. ComEd continues to safely and reliably deliver electricity to end users regardless of whom they select as their energy supplier. The
Illinois Commerce Commission offers additional information on utility restructuring.
Customer choice is also having a huge impact on the electricity generation market. More than 8,800 MW's of new capacity from 24 different facilities (in addition to the region's existing 20,000 MW+ capacity) have been added in Northern Illinois since 1999. ComEd’s former nuclear generating facilities in Illinois are now owned and operated by
Exelon Generation. These zero emission facilities operate at some of the highest capacity factors in the industry — at over 93% — and provide a low carbon electricity source. ComEd’s former fossil fuel generating facilities were sold to independent operators in the late 1990s. Learn more at
In 2004, ComEd joined the
PJM Interconnection, which further enhances reliability and offers more competitive supply options to Northern Illinois businesses. PJM is the largest independent regional transmission operator in the world. Its operating area stretches from the Mississippi River to the East coast and serves 51 million people. Businesses located within the PJM system have access to an installed generation capacity of 135,000 MW.