Kudos to ComEd for Thinking Outside the Box
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- Aug 23, 2019 3:57 am GMT
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ComEd has already received several awards recognizing their efforts towards energy efficiency, reducing waste and saving resources but their latest endeavor to ensure reliable energy is staggering. Technology be damned! The latest in vegetation management is goats. Yep, ComEd is using goats to clear brush and small trees in a faster, cheaper and more ecofriendly manner. The eating machines will reduce safety risks for crews and help ensure reliable energy for their customers. For two weeks the goats will roam hard to reach areas and complete the job with less waste and in half the time. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, has over 4 million customers or serves 70 percent of the state’s population and should be commended for thinking outside the box. On a community level, ComEd issued a $8,150 grant to the Northbrook Police Department as part of their “Powering Safe Communities” program. The funds will pay for half of the cost to replace a speed monitor trailer. ComEd has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, since 2015, on public policy issues and the distribution of $670,000 for public safety projects throughout northern Illinois.
Goats and grants are not the only outstanding news regarding Illinois’ largest utility. Despite clever wildfire prevention and community outreach programs, ComEd may be in line for municipalization. Last month, 22 aldermen introduced an order directing the city council to conduct a study on the feasibility of municipalizing the utility's operations in Chicago. "Chicago has an opportunity to define its energy future," said Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Supporting the move he continued, ”[T]hrough municipalization Chicago could accelerate decarbonization, and implement a progressive rate structure that ensures better rates for working-class Chicagoans.”
What would such a transition mean for the utility and its customers? Will they keep the goats? But seriously, does the city have a plan to keep costs down and reliability up?