Saturday, April 27, 2013
Assessment process and rebates available to Elmhurst homeowners, too.
Saturday, April 27
Elmhurst College went green earlier this month, with home energy assessments for 16 of its campus residences. The assessments, offered by ComEd and Nicor, go a long way in the effort to reduce energy use and the impact on the environment. The event coincided with Earth Day 2013; students, faculty and members of the Elmhurst College Sustainability Committee were in attendance. Nicor and ComEd's energy efficiency programs are designed to help customers take control of their energy consumption through knowledge, access to online resources and incentives on energy-efficient technologies. But it's not just institutional organizations that can benefit. Certified energy advisors are available to come to any residence in Elmhurst and, for a …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In an update to aldermen, a ComEd rep laments the slow-down of the Smart Grid program but explains other "tools" the utility is using now to improve electricity reliability in Elmhurst.
Elmhurst residents, originally in line to have Smart Meters installed on their homes this year, now likely won't see those meters installed until 2015, a ComEd representative told Elmhurst City Council Tuesday. Eventually, when Smart Meters are rolled out, they will replace the analog meters currently attached to homes by ComEd. They will electronically record homeowners' consumption of electricity and report that information back to the utility multiple times a day for monitoring and billing purposes. Human "meter readers" will no longer need to come to the house to determine electricity use. Smart Meters also promise a new way to save money on electric bills by allowing customers to see and control their electricity use in real time, …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Aldermen also will hear an update on ComEd, the 2013 budget will be distributed, and a new way to save money on commodities is proposed.
Among other business on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Elmhurst City Council members will likely send a proposal put forth by aldermen Steve Morley, Pat Wagner and Robert Dunn to the Finance Committee for further review. The plan would "utilize a progressive procurement model in the future purchase of commodities" to reduce expenditures, according to a press release from the three aldermen. The proposal would allow Elmhurst to use reverse on-line auctions in the procurement of goods. Pre-qualified vendors bid against each other to compete for the opportunity to get the purchase contract. Bidding begins with a pre-determined price equal to that provided for by competitively bid state purchase contracts, and from there, individual vendors can voluntarily…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The utility wants lawmakers to amend a 2011 rate-hike law to allow the utility to retroactively collect money for electricity already used.
The Illinois Senate Executive Committee unanimously approved a request by ComEd and Ameren to "clarify" a 2011 law that allowed the utilities to raise electricity rates, Illinois Public Radio reports. The clarification would allow the power companies to retroactively charge higher rates for the electricity you've already used, potentially raising up to $70 million for ComEd, according to Sun-Times Media. The 2011 law changed the formula used to determine charges. But the utilities say it didn't work as intended. They say regulators aren't letting them charge what they need. Now the companies are back, asking the legislature to pass another law, clarifying the old one. (Says) ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore: "Without it we are stalled in these…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
No one is paying attention to how and where home generators are being installed, and it's creating hazards for neighbors.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Chickens are being reviewed in a city committee. Interesting. Well, let me tell you what Elmhurst does not care about. I have contacted Mayor DiCianni, along with my alderman, to let them know that although permits are required for permanent generators, no one is enforcing this. As a matter of fact, if I had not gotten very upset over a neighbor putting a generator 13 feet from my kitchen window, the city wouldn't have cared anything about it. The contractor didn't get a permit ahead of time, neither did the resident, and no one saw the plat of survey in advance to make sure my neighbors were not violating any laws. At the time the unit was installed, I asked if the contractor was licensed in Elmhurst and if they had the qualifications to …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Power has been out since 7:05 this morning.
About 500 ComEd customers in the area of May and Prairie, and up to around St. Charles Road, are experiencing a power outage this morning. The outage was reported at 7:05 a.m., according to a resident of the area, and is continuing as of 7:40 a.m. ComEd has indicated it is aware of the problem and has dispatched crews to the area. Estimated restoration time is 9 a.m. According to the ComEd outage map, it is the only outage being reported in Elmhurst. No information is available regarding a cause.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
ComEd released a statement early Friday, July 6, announcing it had completed restoration of power to all customers affected the July 1 storm that caused significant wind damage to many west suburban communities. "The massive restoration effort took the work of more than 2,000 ComEd employees and other utility workers and contractors from a dozen states working around the clock," according to a statement. ComEd put some new tools into play, including new communications and operations technology, enhanced processes and procedures, additional field personnel and more customer outreach. More than 400 customer service representatives handled more than a half-million calls, and customers were able to use two-way text messaging to report outages …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
And, will this heat wave ever end?
As of Thursday morning, there were still 17 Elmhurst customers who have not had their power restored, according to ProtectDuPage.org. More than 200 residents in Lombard, 33 in Addison and 14 in Villa Park also are on the list to be restored as of July 5. Most of these areas are indicated on the ComEd outage map as scheduled for repair by the end of the day July 5. High temperatures expected for the next couple of days also can cause outages as ComEd's electricity grid reaches capacity. With another 100-degree day in store, the National Weather Service is continuing its heat advisory for the Chicago area through 10 p.m. Friday, July 6. Temperatures may reach 105 both days, with heat index values between 108 and 118. Both East End and …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Estimated time for restoration for most customers is still Wednesday.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
On Tuesday, July 3, ComEd announced it expects to have service restored to most of its customers Wednesday. In the hardest-hit areas, restoration is expected to take longer due to extensive damage from trees. In addition to storm-related outages, ComEd said excessive heat has caused scattered outages, as well. "In the western suburbs, the most devastated region, ComEd expects to have the vast majority of customers restored on July 4 with isolated, smaller outages extending into the evening of July 5," according to the statement. "This area’s boundaries are at approximately Route 43 (Harlem) to the east, the DuPage County Line to the west, Route 64 (North Avenue) to the north and Route 34 (Ogden) and I-88 to the south." This area took the …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Elmhurst is included in towns ComEd is calling "hardest hit." Comcast customers also experiencing cable and Internet outages.
As of 1 a.m. Monday, many areas in Elmhurst were still without power. Most of the downtown area, including City Hall, was pitch black, and streetlights at some of the city's major intersections, like York Road and North Avenue, still were out. Comcast customers also are experiencing outages of Internet and cable television service. A Comcast recorded message said the utility esimates repairs to their system will be completed by 1 p.m. Monday. ComEd released a statement at about 10 p.m. Sunday assuring customers that hundreds of crews are out and working around the clock to restore power. "As of 8 p.m., power has been restored to over 96,000 customers," the statement said. The utility is reporting that the hardest hit areas include Lombard…