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US utility ComEd and its customers have set new records around the frequency and duration of outages, and in regard to the amount of energy saved, despite the harsh weather experienced in the US this summer.

Through the Peak Time Savings programme, ComEd has empowered approximately 300,000 households to enable total savings of up to $4 million in energy bills this summer alone.

Consumers who participated in the demand response programme since 2015 have earned more than $10 million in bill credits.

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Despite the harsh weather, high temperatures and severe storms experienced in the US this summer, resulting in an increase in energy demand, consumers managed to keep their energy usage low.

The harsh weather damaged the utility’s distribution infrastructure however, owing to the smart grid investments since 2012, the number of outages experienced remained low.

ComEd has managed to avoid more than 538,000 customers experiencing interruption between June and August.

More than 13 million customer interruptions have been avoided since 2012, resulting in $2.4 billion in estimated savings.

Joe Dominguez, CEO of ComEd, said: “In a summer where we were challenged by extreme weather, we saw our smart grid investments and our people continue to deliver the highest levels of reliability for the families and businesses we serve.

“We’re proud to deliver the most affordable, cleanest and, as we demonstrated this summer, most reliable energy to our customers. I want to thank our 6,000 employees who work around the clock in often challenging conditions to power our communities.”

 “Our smart grid investments has vastly improved the infrastructure of our system,” adds Terry Donnelly, ComEd president and chief operating officer. “We review the system and our operations continue to make sure we’re investing in areas that benefit the greatest number of customers. On a daily basis and during storms, our customers are seeing fewer and fewer interruptions to their lives and businesses.”