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.