ComEd

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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Local
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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Energy
6:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Natural Gas Companies Call For Rate Hike Green Light

Credit public Flickr

Illinois legislators already passed a law that lets ComEd and Ameren charge higher rates for electricity.  Now, natural gas companies want the same treatment.  The argument for letting ComEd and Ameren hike electric rates was that it'll allow the companies to make needed updates to the electric grid.

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Illinois
4:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

New ComEd Training Center Opens

The new ComEd training center in Rockford
Credit Mike Moen

ComEd's first ever training center for employees is now open. The utility unveiled the Rockford facility to the public Wednesday afternoon. The new facility was prompted by a major infrastructure plan.

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DeKalb Nature Path
5:07 am
Thu January 10, 2013

ComEd, DeKalb Park District, Citizens Working On Replanting Path

Wood piles up along the DeKalb Nature Trail as ComEd removes more than a mile-long swath of trees and brush from below their power lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A small group of stakeholders will meet at the end of the month to craft a plan to remedy ComEd’s clear-cutting along a DeKalb nature trail. Members of the DeKalb Park District, ComEd representatives, and two people who live near the popular trail make up the panel. 

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Business
6:25 am
Thu October 4, 2012

ICC Ruling Puts ComEd's Smart Grid Plan On Hold

ComEd says it will delay elements of its grid modernization plan. That's after the Illinois Commerce Commission issued a ruling Wednesday that would prevent the utility from earning its desired profits, as it tries to cover the costs of infrastructure upgrades.

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