6:47 am
Mon December 8, 2014

ComEd Offers Hardship Fund For Rockford Seniors

ComEd is inviting seniors citizens in Rockford to apply for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund program. 

It’s part of the utility’s CARE program, which offers financial aid options for customers with past due electric bills. The program is available through December 24th, or while funds are available. 

Customers can apply at the office of Community Action on Court Street.  

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6:53 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Ill. Supreme Court Will Hear FutureGen Case

Credit FutureGen

The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding the FutureGen clean-coal project in central Illinois.

The high court said it would consider whether state utilities must buy electricity from the Morgan County facility. A 2012 ruling required companies like ComEd to sign 20-year contracts for FutureGen-produced power.

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8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Illinois Commerce Commission Approves New ComEd Transmission Line

Credit Flickr user E Photos / "IMG_1927 - Power Lines" (CC v 2.0)

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.

Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.

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5:21 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Decision Nearing On Proposed Transmission Line

State regulators will soon decide on an energy project for northern Illinois.

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Storm cleanup
6:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Power Out For Thousands in Northwest Illinois After Monday's Storms

ComEd map of power outages, as of Tuesday evening.
Credit ComEd

Several thousand residents in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties remain without power after severe storms that blew through the region overnight late Monday and early Tuesday. 

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6:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

ComEd Gets Feedback On Transmission Line

A yard sign in Burlington, IL
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

ComEd is almost done gathering public input for a proposed transmission line in northern Illinois. The next step is getting approval from state regulators. Ahead of that decision, residents in one community hope the Illinois Commerce Commission endorses a route that doesn't affect their properties.

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New transmission line in the works
2:45 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Public Cites Farmland, Homes As Biggest Concerns In ComEd Expansion

Participants stuck dots to their biggest areas of concern about the siting of ComEd's proposed transmission line.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois needs a faster, more reliable electrical grid. That’s why Com Ed is being advised to build a 57-mile-long high-power transmission line stretching across four counties. The company that supplies electricity to most of the region is holding open houses about the project it’s calling “The Grand Prairie Gateway.”

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Electric Utilities
5:44 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Quinn Vetoes Smart Grid Bill

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation yesterday that would have paved the way for increases in electric rates. The bill applies to the state's largest electric utilities: ComEd and Ameren. They're trying to secure a rate hike in order to pay for upgrades to their smart grid. Normally, the utilities have to go through a state regulator, but that agency said "no" to rate hikes. So the companies have been trying a different strategy.

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ComEd Clear Cut
1:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Bush By Bush, DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration Is Underway

A lot of workers and some heavy equipment made it possible for more than 400 plantings along the DeKalb Nature Trail in just a few hours.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The DeKalb Nature Trail was replanted Thursday, half a year after ComEd removed most of the growth below its overhead transmission lines.

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Restoring Com Ed Clear Cut
9:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Citizens Demand More Trees For DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration

Josh Clark of the DeKalb Park District presents the plan to add plants, shrubs, and prairie along the DeKalb Nature Trail.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Planting will begin soon along a DeKalb nature trail that was clear-cut below Com Ed power lines last November. The group tasked with coming up with a restoration plan presented it to the public last night. 

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