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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presents ComEd with 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program recognized for the eighth consecutive year for commitment to protecting the environment and energy efficiency programs

CHICAGO (April 19, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented ComEd with its famed ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of the success of ComEd's Smart Ideas, the company's highly successful suite of energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and money. ComEd, along with sister Exelon utilities BGE in Baltimore, PECO in Philadelphia, Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del. and Pepco in Washington D.C., were honored for their long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. last week.

"We made a promise in 2007 to create the best portfolio of energy management options for our customers. Today we have ComEd's Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, an award-winning and industry-leading program that has delivered nearly $2 billion dollars in savings to our customers. ComEd's Smart Ideas Program is helping us give our customers more choice through innovative tools and options that allow them to control their energy usage and save money." said Val Jensen, Senior Vice-President of Customer Operations, ComEd.

ComEd is a six-time ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year and, now, a four-time Sustained Excellence Award winner. This award is reserved for those who have received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award and exhibit exceptional leadership year after year in the ENERGY STAR program while remaining dedicated to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.

"As we prepare to kick off the Smart Idea's ninth program year this June, we pleased to continue to provide our customers with a suite of energy efficiency programs that continue to deliver value and are recognized by the US EPA," said Jensen.

Since the inception of ComEd Smart Ideas in 2008, ComEd has helped residential and business customers save more than $1.8 billion on their electric bills, eliminated 23.4 billion pounds of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere, the equivalent of removing 2.4 million cars from the road, and reduced energy usage by more than 16.9 million megawatt hours - enough electricity to power more than 1.8 million homes for a year.

In addition to the EPA award, the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program has received 13 awards for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency efforts. Some of these other honors and awards include:

  • Better Communication Competition (BCC) Award 2015 Complete campaign -"The Power of Retirement"
  • Telly Awards 2015
    • Online Video Bronze- "The Power of Retirement
    • Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable  Bronze - "The Power of Retirement"
  • ESource Marketing Award 2015- Silver Billboard Poster - "The Power of Retirement"
  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Small Business Energy Savings Program Innovation Award 2015
  • American Advertising Awards (Addy) - 2016
    • Music with lyrics Bronze- Radio "Harmony in Efficiency"
    • TV, Regional or National Bronze - "Too Cool Can Cost You"

"By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, ComEd is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "I'm proud to recognize ComEd with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award."

Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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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 3.8 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.

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