Vice President, Customer
Operations, External &
Regulatory Affairs, ComEd]Chicago, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 4, 2008 – The majority of customers who participated in U.S. utility ComEd's residential real-time pricing (RRTP) program for all 12 months in 2007 experienced annual savings between 7 and 12 percent compared to the fixed rate other residential customers received, according to figures released by the utility today. While there is no guarantee customers will save money in ComEd's RRTP program, about 95 percent of the 3,300 customers that actively participated last year paid less than customers on a fixed rate.
Chicago, IL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 23, 2007 – The Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) has given U.S. utility ComEd its Outstanding Achievement in Demand Response award for its portfolio of energy reduction programs designed for residential, commercial and industrial customers. ComEd (Commonwealth Edison Company) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation; the utility provides service to 3.8 million customers.
The PLMA is an association of leading energy organizations dedicated to developing and promoting consumer participation in power reduction programs.
"We are very pleased to have received the PLMA's recognition for our customer participation energy reduction efforts," said Sharon Hillman, ComEd vice president of resource adequacy and environmental programs. "ComEd has taken an active approach regarding the development of its demand response programs, which have been one of the strongest in the nation for nearly three decades."
Under ComEd's demand response programs in 2006, more than 61,000 residential, commercial and industrial participants reduced their electric load during times of peak power demand by up to 1,295 megawatts, which represents about 5.5 per cent of ComEd's total peak distribution load of 23,613 MW. In one program, for example, residential customers participating in the company's Nature First initiative can receive up to a $40 seasonal bill credit for allowing ComEd to cycle off their central air conditioning units for brief periods during peak summer demand times.
Meter Mechanic Specialist Rumsey communicates the metering-point revenue protection basics to new meter readers at ComEd, a division of Exelon Corporation that provides service to 3.5 million customers in northern Illinois. “My main goal is to try to get meter readers to open their eyes to different signs of tampering,” explains the metering veteran. In addition to helping the utility and honest customers when they discover fraud, meter readers help themselves: the ComEd revenue program includes commissions for meter readers.
Rumsey’s version of Meter Tampering 101 is an hour-long program for new meter readers who have made it through ComEd’s week-long Meter Pro training. “I speak to the ones who graduate from that class, because not everybody who starts on Monday makes it to Friday,” Rumsey explains. A ComEd metering professional since 1979, Rumsey has been lending his expertise to the education program since 1999.