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Exelon Utilities gives credit to smart grid investments made by its utility subsidiaries for the naming of Illinois, Maryland and the District of Columbia as leaders in energy efficiency.

The three US states were named leaders in smart grids in this year’s Grid Modernisation Index by Gridwise Alliance and the Smart Grid Policy Center.

The index is available at www.gridwise.org.

The three states, which are service territories of Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco, have been named amongst the top ten states heavily investing in smart grids.

The utilities have been included in the top 25 highest smart grid investors in the US.

Maryland, served by three Exelon Utilities, namely BGE, Delmarva Power, and Pepco, earned the number three spot.

The utilities claim they played a leading role in the naming of the states as leaders in smart meter deployment, customer engagement through energy efficiency and demand response programmes, grid resiliency, and in on-going efforts to plan for the future energy grid, including electric vehicles, battery storage and distributed generation.

Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of Exelon Utilities, said: “The scores in the states we serve are a result of our efforts to modernise and transform the grid to prepare for a future of climate challenges and connect our customers and communities to clean, affordable energy services they desire.”

Notably, ComEd’s work to modernize its energy grid has brought greater reliability and control over energy usage to its customers, helping to earn Illinois the second spot among all US states in 2018. This is the fourth consecutive year that Illinois was recognised as a top state in grid modernisation.

“We appreciate the work and support of the policy makers and stakeholders in our states who help make these efforts possible with key legislative and regulatory policies,” said Pramaggiore.