For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
Energy company encourages customers to be safe and energy efficient during hot weather and storms
CHICAGO (July 28, 2023) – Following record flooding and high temperatures in northern Illinois, ComEd is prepared for more severe weather expected across northern Illinois on Friday evening. The company is proactively opening its Emergency Operations Center and is readying crews and equipment to meet any impact from the weather. Forecasts project rain, lightning and wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour in some areas.
"The extreme heat we've been experiencing is now helping to kick off some severe weather," said Dave Perez, senior vice-president of Distribution Operations, ComEd. "We continue to closely monitor the weather system coming across the country and will be ready to quickly respond to any customer impact from the storms."
System investments continue to keep the grid reliable
ComEd has been investing in tree trimming and system upgrades to minimize the impact of storms. Since smart grid upgrades began in 2011, more than 19 million power outages have been avoided and overall reliability has improved by more than 80 percent. In 2022, ComEd had its best reliability on record.
ComEd's multi-year plans, shared earlier this year, will prioritize modernizing the electric grid to ensure it remains reliable and resilient as severe weather events become more common, strengthen the region's infrastructure and economy, and increase access to the benefits of clean energy and decarbonization under Illinois' Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). These plans outline ComEd's investments to improve service reliability and storm response, including:
Restoration priorities and safety
When responding to power outages caused by storms, ComEd's priority is to restore critical facilities such as police and fire stations, nursing homes and hospitals first, followed by repairs that will restore power to the greatest number of customers.
Public safety is paramount, and ComEd encourages customers to take the following precautions:
ComEd urges customers to contact the company immediately if they experience a power outage. Customers can text OUT to 26633 (COMED) to report an outage and receive restoration information and can follow the company on Twitter @ComEd or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComEd. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), or report outages via the website at ComEd.com/report. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).
ComEd's mobile app for iPhone and Android® smart phones gives customers the ability to report power outages and manage their accounts; download the app at ComEd.com/app.
ComEd's interactive outage map at ComEd.com/map allows customers to easily find information on the location and size of outages and get estimated power restoration times.
Energy efficiency tips for the hot weather
The projected storms come during a period of high heat and humidity. ComEd offers the following tips for customers to manage their energy usage and save money on their electric bills during the heat: