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ComEd to Host Bronzeville Technology Showcase and Workforce Expo at Illinois Tech

Show-and-tell for Community of the Future pilots, new energy efficiency programs

CHICAGO (Sept. 14, 2018) – ComEd envisions a future when an advanced electric grid plays a key role in the life of smart communities and residents are even more connected, while renewable energy powers streetlights and interactive displays provide news, directions, and emergency alerts. And this future is creating job opportunities.    

ComEd will be demonstrating these and other Community of the Future initiatives, including the Bronzeville microgrid, while connecting job seekers with career opportunities at a workforce expo that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Illinois Tech in Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal St. 

Job seekers can visit with representatives of ComEd and more than 50 employers to learn about employment, training and internship opportunities in northern Illinois. Seminars on resume writing and interviewing skills are also being offered.  

"We're eager to bring people in the Bronzeville community up to date on the microgrid and how it reinforces the resiliency of the community and supports the addition of clean, renewable energy," said Terence R. Donnelly, president and COO of ComEd. "We're also delighted that many ComEd business partners and other companies will be there to introduce job candidates to   opportunities in energy and other sectors."

Microgrids are small power grids with defined boundaries that can connect to the main grid or disconnect from it to keep locally generated power flowing in times of emergency. The Bronzeville microgrid will be completed in 2019 and directly serve approximately 1,060 residential, commercial and small industrial customers. ComEd's demonstration project will connect with a microgrid on the campus of Illinois Tech to create the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the nation, capable of producing superior resiliency by sharing energy resources. 

Through its Community of the Future initiative, ComEd is collaborating with Bronzeville residents to enhance everyday life using smart grid technology and related services. Technologies on display at the Illinois Tech event include:

  • an electric vehicle transportation service for seniors
  • off-grid wind and solar LED streetlights that will be installed at two Bronzeville schools
  • outdoor interactive displays providing news, emergency alerts, wayfinding and other services
  • a new digital solar toolkit that allows customers and developers to take advantage of emerging technologies as solar and other forms of distributed energy expand.  

Attendees will also learn about new energy efficiency offerings, including a program that empowers qualified income-eligible customers to easily improve home and building energy efficiency. Last month, ComEd launched in Bronzeville a first-of-its kind Save and Share™ mobile app that tracks customers' energy use and rewards them with Save and Share dollars if they meet their energy reduction goals. Customers can then share their Save and Share dollars with participating local non-profit organizations.

 

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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 4 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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