Category: Energy

Maywood Mayor Says ComEd Imposters Tried Scamming Her — ‘Don’t Let it Happen to You’

Thursday, September 21, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

“It happened to me, don’t let it happen to you,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins during a Sept. 5 regular board meeting.

Perkins said that she’d recently received a call “from an organization saying they could cut my ComEd bill by 50 percent.”

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Maywood to Make Energy Efficient Upgrades to 670 Street Lights

ComEd workerWednesday, March 8, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Soon, Maywood residents will be seeing differently in the dark.

During a March 7 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contact with two companies, H & H Electric and Twin Supplies, LTD, that will result in the replacement of 670 lighting fixtures — 470 cobra head and 200 post top lighting fixtures — throughout Maywood with newer, energy efficient, LED technology technology.

The total cost of the project amounts to $373,035, with 75 percent of that total covered by incentive rebates the village will obtain through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The village will pay for the remaining 25 percent.

According to the contract, Maywood will also contribute the traffic control, signage and security during the installation process.

The new lighting fixtures, which will be installed by May, will be retrofitted with technology that allows them to come on as soon as it gets dark, as opposed to running on a timer, said Maywood Public Works Director John West during a March 1 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting.

West said the new lighting fixtures will go up along non-IDOT [Illinois Department of Transportation] streets.

“So anything except for First Ave., Roosevelt Rd., Chicago Ave. and a small part of 19th Ave.,” West said, adding that the new fixtures will provide the same luminosity for less money.

This is the just the latest upgrade to Maywood’s energy grid. Last April, ComEd officials installed energy efficient, smart-ready LED lighting on more than 380 ComEd-owned streetlights throughout Maywood.

The village was one of 50 municipalities in the state to receive the technology upgrade, which was provided through ComEd’s Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program.  VFP

Photo above: A ComEd worker installing an LED light fixture last April. | Photo submitted

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Chronicle: ComEd Ready For Long, Hot Summer | Fred Hampton Pool Opens June 13

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Children jump into the pool at the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center, 300 N. Fred Hampton Way (Oak St.), Maywood. This summer is expected to unusually warm, but not too hot that it can’t be handled by ComEd, company officials said. 

Friday, June 3, 2016 || Originally Published: Cook County Chronicle | 6/1/16 || By Kevin Beese

Feel free to set that air conditioner a degree or two colder to cool off this summer. If your wallet can take it, so can the electricity grid.

Both ComEd and the regional transmission organization that provides it with additional power when needed, say they foresee no problems with meeting summer electricity demand. Even with a forecast of warmer-than-normal summer temperatures, ComEd and PJM Interconnection, its RTO provider, say they have ample extra power to draw from when needed.

The expected warmer-than-normal temperatures could cause volatile weather that increases power outages, but ComEd says it can handle that as well. ComEd is conducting 63 emergency preparedness operational exercises in 2016, a 16 percent increase in drills from last year.

“We want to make sure we are ready,” Terence R. Donnelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ComEd, said last week during an Illinois Commerce Commission Electric Policy Session on Summer Preparedness.

He said it is estimated that nearly 1 million people were spared power interruptions due to equipment improvements ComEd made during 2015.

ComEd continues to work to take safety precautions for workers and the public, Donnelly said.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority for our workers and the people who rely on us for service,” Donnelly said. “We are not just one of the safest electricity providers. We are one of America’s safest companies.”

Donnelly said the electricity company has made 300 improvements to its storm response effort – everything from providing faster texts and social media posts about outages to sending Community Care crews with phone chargers and water to areas hit with extended outages.

He said an increased social media presence is important for the company and customers.

“People want to know what is happening,” Donnelly said.

He added that more than 150,000 customers have signed up for the Peak Time Savings Program, cutting their electricity use during peak hours. That tripling of customers in the program frees up available kilowatts during high-demand times, Donnelly noted.

ComEd officials think the peak load for electricity could hit an all-time high this summer. The “worst-case” expected peak load for this summer is 24,083 megawatts. ComEd’s all-time system peak was 23,753 megawatts in 2011. ComEd reps said that even hitting the worst-case scenario point this summer would only have the power company at the 90th percentile and not overtaxing its systems.

Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of technical services for ComEd, said part of improving information-sharing with customers is getting better information from the company’s front-line personnel.

“We have made investments to improve accountability estimates and improve our response at the scene of outages,” Blaise said.

Blaise said that improved communication efforts have led to more than 300,000 customers subscribing to outage alert text messages.

“We are ready to meet the 2016 forecast (power) loads,” Blaise said.

PJM Interconnection, which serves as a regional transmission organization in 13 states, including Illinois where it provides back-up support for ComEd, expects to be able to handle any surge in electricity needs for the region.

Richard Mathias, senior consultant for PJM and former chairman of the ICC, noted what a huge electricity provider ComEd is. He noted that ComEd averages using 20-25 megawatts of power while PJM’s entire 13-state area uses 165 megawatts of electricity.

Mathias said that natural gas has increasingly been used in the creation of electricity, going from 5 percent of PJM’s electricity in 2005 to 20 percent in 2015.

Coal has done the opposite becoming less of source of electricity during the last 10 years and almost non-existent in the future, Mathias said.

Mathias said the biggest users of electricity have also changed over the years.

“We don’t have the steel mills anyone, but now we have data centers and they have a huge need for electricity,” Mathias said.

John Rosales, a commissioner of the ICC, noted that Illinois utilities have made efforts “to modernize and strengthen the grid … intended to improve system reliability, thereby helping Illinois customers experience less outages, and improving power restoration.” VFP

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ComEd To Install Nearly 400 Energy Efficient Streetlights In Maywood

ComEd worker.pngTuesday, April 19, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

ComEd officials will install energy efficient, smart-ready LED lighting on more than 380 ComEd-owned streetlights throughout Maywood, the company announced on Tuesday afternoon.

On April 19, Fidel Marquez, a ComEd senior vice president, met with top village officials, including Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, to help launch the installation.

Maywood is one of 50 municipalities in the state to receive the technology upgrade, which was provided through ComEd’s Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program. In all, the company plans to upgrade nearly 18,000 of their streetlights with the energy efficient technology.

“Our smart grid investments are laying the foundation for innovation that is helping enhance the everyday lives of our customers and communities,” Val Jensen, ComEd’s senior vice president of customer operations, said in an April 19 press release.

“Installing smart-ready streetlights is the first step in expanding smart city innovations that provide cleaner options, greater operational efficiency and strengthen safety and security for our communities. ComEd photo op.jpg

“Maywood is pleased to be among the first municipalities to participate in ComEd’s smart-ready streetlight program,” Perkins said in a statement. “These energy efficient light fixtures will enhance illumination along our streets, improving public safety and visibility.” VFP

Top photo: A ComEd worker installs an LED light in Maywood on April 19. || Right: ComEd Senior Vice President Fidel Marquez with Trustee Michael Rogers, Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr., and Police Chief Valdimir Talley | Photos courtesy ComEd. 

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ComEd Offering Rebates For Homeowners Who Install New Thermostats

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Friday, October 16, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

A  new rebate program, offered by ComEd, Peoples Gas, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, allows homeowners the opportunity to reduce their heating and cooling bills by installing a new Wi-Fi enabled thermostat in their homes between October 2015 and May 2016.

Applicants must be “a ComEd residential delivery service customer to participate. This application is for heating and cooling equipment installed between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. The application must be submitted within 90 days of installation or by June 30, 2016, whichever comes first,” according to ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program’s website.

“After your rebate application is reviewed and approved, you will receive your rebate check in approximately six weeks.”

For more information on the program, or to apply, click here. VFP

In the Giving Spirit, ComEd to Pay Up to $1,500 for Senior Citizens’ Electric Bills; Maywood Vehicle Stickers Now on Sale

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

ComEd Gives the Gift of Energy

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This holiday season, ComEd is giving the gift of energy by dedicating more than $300,000 through a special “Senior Giving” hardship fund created to help senior citizens who have fallen behind on paying their electric bill. Now through Dec. 25, or while funds are available, ComEd will pay up to $1,500 towards eligible customer’s past due balance.

The “Senior Giving” hardship fund is part of ComEd’s CARE program, which offers a range of financial assistance to help qualifying customers pay their electric bills.

“We understand customers sometimes struggle to make ends meet and we want to do all we can to help, especially during the holiday season,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd. “By providing this special financial assistance fund, we are able to help customers who are experiencing a hardship, such as a recent illness or job loss, but may not qualify for other federal or state-sponsored assistance programs.”

To qualify for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund, customers must be over the age of 60 with a past due balance, have not received a Residential Special hardship within the last two years, have no unpaid tampering charges, and are not on a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP).

Customers can apply by visiting their local LIHEAP office and providing their driver’s license or state ID for proof of age, social security card and a recent ComEd bill showing the past due balance. The name on the bill must be listed on the account as the primary or secondary customer. For a list of local LIHEAP Agencies, customers can visit ComEd.com/CARE or call 877-411-9276.

The company also offers gift certificates that can be used to help a friend or family member pay their electric bill. Gift certificates can be purchased in denominations of $10, $25, $50 and $100 online at ComEd.com/CARE, by phone at (888) 784-5262 weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or by visiting one of ComEd’s participating, retail bank locations. For a complete list of retail bank locations, visit ComEd.com/CARE.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 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.

Vehicle Stickers on Sale: Call (708) 450-6321

Maywood vehicle stickers went on sale December 1, 2014. Residents have until January 1, 2015 to purchase the stickers, which residents are required to affix to the lower right passenger side of their windshield by January 16th. Failure to properly display a current sticker is subject to a fine. Fees for the stickers are as follows:

Annual License Fees

Vehicle stickers must be affixed to the lower right passenger side of the windshield by January 16th. Failure to properly display a current sticker is subject to a fine.

All Motor Vehicles $30.00
Recreational Vehicles $30.00
Motor-driven cycles, tricycles, scooters and mopeds $25.00
Dealers Plates $25.00
School and Church Busses $25.00
Senior $15.00
Disabled $17.50

Trucks:  (Based on Gross)

3,000 lbs or less $25.00
3,001 to 8,000 lbs $30.00
8,001 to 10,000 lbs $35.00
10,001 to 12,000 lbs $40.00
12,001 to 14,000 lbs $45.00
14,001 to 16,000 lbs $50.00
16,001 to 20,000 lbs $55.00
20,001 lbs and over $60.00

Late Fees

January 17 – 31 Add $15.00
February 1 and Thereafter Add $30.00

Special Note – Citizens 65 years of age and older may obtain ONE motor vehicle license each year for ½ basic.

 For more information on late fees and fines, click here. VFP

Proviso Property Owners Can Appeal Tax Assessments Starting Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23; Heating Bills Could Be Lower This Winter

Money HouseWednesday, October 22, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

Cook County Board of Review appeal deadlines for Proviso Township nearing 

Property owners in Proviso Township seeking to appeal the assessed value of their properties with the Board of Review can begin the process beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, 2014. The deadline for filing appeals is Friday, November 21, 2014.

According to the Citizens’ Guide to Appealing Property Tax Assessments, prepared by 10th District Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, property owners can appeal the assessed value of their properties for a number of reasons, including:

  • “The assessed value of the property is not in line with other similar properties in your neighborhood.”
  • “The proposed assessed value of your property is higher than its actual price.”
  • “There is an error in the description of your property that adversely effects [sic] the proposed assessed valuation of your property.”
  • “Your property has been damaged by fire, flood or casualty and/or part or all of the building has been demolished.”
  • “You may have other grounds to appeal that are specific to your property.”

“A Cook County Board of Review Property Tax Appeal is the last opportunity to appeal your property taxes at the county level.  It is also a necessary step to seek relief from the Circuit Court of Cook County or the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB),” according to attorney Antonio Senagore of Fisk Kart Katz Regan & Levy.

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Your Nicor heating bill could be lower this winter (if the hawk cooperates)

Nicor, the largest gas utility in the state which delivers gas to over 2 million customers in the northern third of Illinois, has projected that heating bills in its service area could be lower this winter due to higher temperatures in the utility’s forecast, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business report published yesterday.

Both Nicor and Peoples, another major gas utility, anticipate “normal winter weather, effectively an average of season-long natural gas consumption over the past 12 seasons,” unlike last year’s polar vortex frigidity.

“If temperatures in the upcoming winter are ‘normal’ — meaning, not ridiculously cold — Chicagoans will see a 16 percent decrease in their home heating costs, according to Peoples Gas,” writes Crain‘s. “Likewise, Nicor Gas, the largest gas utility in the state, serving 2.2 million customers in 656 Chicago suburbs, projects that heating bills will be as much as 15 percent lower than last winter.”

However, either, or both, utility’s forecasts could be off the mark, as was the case last year, when “Peoples forecast  that the average household would spend $800 for heating from November through March. The actual tally ended up 36 percent higher, due to much higher usage and also to higher-than-expected natural gas prices as supplies became constrained.”

Whatever the case, what seems to be more certain is that Nicor customers will pay less than Peoples’.

“In most of the suburbs, Nicor’s gas cost is projected to be cheaper than Peoples’. Nicor expects gas costs for the five-month heating season to be nearly 47 cents per therm, down from 49 cents the year before,” Crain‘s reports. VFP

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