US utility ComEd has been recognized by the National Weather Service of Chicago for its response and resilience to harsh weather, water and climate events.
The utility has been recognised with the Ambassador of Excellence Award by the National Weather Service of Chicago.
This is the third time that ComEd has been recognised as a weather-ready nation ambassador in Chicago.
The award is given to organisations which have contributed to building a weather-ready nation, serve climates change agents in communities and are helping to minimize the impacts of natural disasters.
The utility has in May coordinated a statewide drill which resulted in multiagency response to simulated disasters, including extreme flooding and related damage and a cyberattack. More than 80 organisations joined ComEd in the exercise.
ComEd has been investing in smart grid technologies to improve the resilience of its grid network since 2012. This has resulted in improved grid reliability by 60% and avoided more than 1.3 million power interruptions.
Stephen Rodriguez Jr., National Weather Service meteorologist, said: “ComEd has been an active ambassador for several years to ensure weather safety of their employees and publics they serve.
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“Additionally, ComEd collaborates with the National Weather Service on a biannual state exercise to provide public and private agencies the opportunity to prepare and plan for high impact weather.”
Cheryl Maletich, ComEd senior vice president of transmission and substation, adds: “As a result of our smart grid improvements and dedicated employees, we have set records in delivering the highest levels of reliability.
“I’m proud of our employees who work around the clock in often challenging conditions and of our partnership with the National Weather Service to strengthen resilience against extreme weather.”
To see a complete list of National Weather Service Ambassadors of Excellence, click here.