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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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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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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.

New ComEd Training Center Opens

Jan 23, 2013
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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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. 

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.

The two major electric utilities in Illinois ranked at the bottom of the annual household customer satisfaction survey of large Midwest electric utilities released today by J.D. Power and Associates and in the bottom four of 14 in business customer satisfaction.

Commonwealth Edison Co. ranked worst in household satisfaction with a score of 579 on a scale of 1,000 points, and eleventh in business satisfaction with a score of 642.

Ameren Illinois, with a score of 606, was just above ComEd in the household survey and was dead last in the business category with a score of 610.