Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ComEd said more than 500 customers were affected by accident at Mill Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road.
Updated at 5:45 p.m. A semi-truck accident Wednesday afternoon led to power outages in Plainfield. Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said a semi struck some low-hanging telephone cables near Mill Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road before 4:30 p.m. “The semi pulled [the cables] so far that it hit the power lines,” causing sparking and burn marks to the side of the truck, Stratton said. “It’s a big mess out here,” he said, noting that power was out in the area of Mill Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road for a two- to three-block radius. Traffic signals were out at Route 59, Route 126 and Plainfield-Naperville Road. On Plainfield Patch’s Facebook page, a reader reported that power was also out at the Plainfield Public Library. By 5:45 p.m…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The utility wants lawmakers to amend a 2011 rate-hike law to allow the utility to retroactively collect money for electricity already used.
The Illinois Senate Executive Committee unanimously approved a request by ComEd and Ameren to "clarify" a 2011 law that allowed the utilities to raise electricity rates, Illinois Public Radio reports. The clarification would allow the power companies to retroactively charge higher rates for the electricity you've already used, potentially raising up to $70 million for ComEd, according to Sun-Times Media. The 2011 law changed the formula used to determine charges. But the utilities say it didn't work as intended. They say regulators aren't letting them charge what they need. Now the companies are back, asking the legislature to pass another law, clarifying the old one. (Says) ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore: "Without it we are stalled in these…
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Company also offers hardship, non-profit assistance.
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by ComEd. Veterans Day is on Nov. 12, and with only a couple months remaining in 2012, ComEd is urging its customers, including disabled veterans and deployed active military personnel, to apply for $4 million in assistance funds still available. The money is part of a five-year, $50 million commitment to help ComEd customers struggling to pay their monthly electric bills, and it is a direct result of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act enacted last fall by Illinois lawmakers. ComEd dedicated $10 million in financial assistance for 2012, and nearly half remains available. To raise customers’ awareness of the assistance funds, ComEd launched an advertising campaign encouraging …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Road closures were still in effect Saturday morning on Plainfield/Naperville Road and Route 126.
It was a near miss for motorists heading down 135th Street during Friday night’s storm, according to Plainfield fire officials. The road was closed last night between Route 59 and Plainfield/Naperville Road after the tree toppled onto the moving vehicle, pinning the occupants inside, according to Deputy Chief Jon Stratton. “The limb actually came through the roof of the car,” Stratton said. “This thing came down and stopped them.” Firefighters had to cut the limb to get the occupants out of the car, although no one was hurt, according to Stratton. “They all refused treatment,” he said. “I don’t know how they got out, to be honest with you — by the grace of God on this one.” The Plainfield Fire Protection District also responded to several …
ComEd says more than 4,000 Plainfield-area residents are without power after two lines of storms pummeled the area.
A fast-moving line of storms that produced hurricane-like winds of 85 to 90 mph hour moved through the Plainfield area shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday, knocking out power to more than 4,000 homes in Plainfield and Plainfield Township, according to ComEd. The severity of the storm drove fest-goers from the Taste of Joliet, where REO Speedwagon had to cut short their set as guests left Joliet Memorial Stadium in droves. A second line of storms moved through the area around 11 p.m., with a severe thunderstorm warning ending at 11:45 p.m. ComEd spokeswoman Arlana Johnson said the Joliet-Romeoville-Plainfield area was the hardest hit in terms of power outages and downed lines. Areas where there are known outages include Theodore and Essington, …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Congress passed a law in 2007 that has incandescent light bulbs going the way of the dinosaur.
What do a Tyrannosaurus rex and an incandescent light bulb have in common? Both are dinosaurs and while one is already extinct, in a few years, the incandescent light bulb, which has been used for nearly 200 years, will be history. The incandescent light bulb, is on its way out. The bulbs are going to be phased out over the next few years. ComEd is encouraging consumers to begin the phase out and to recycle their old incandescent light bulbs, replacing them with more energy efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). In January, the phase out of the bulbs began, starting with 100-watt bulbs, according to ComEd. In 2013, the next phase begins with 75-watt bulbs no longer produced and then in …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Village partners with CUB Energy Saver, a web site that tracks ComEd bill savings.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Plainfield has launched an energy-saving initiative on CUBenergysaver.com, the nation’s first online service to offer members rewards for cutting their electric bills. “I love a program that all our residents can embrace,” said Mayor Mike Collins. “Who doesn’t want to cut their utility bills? With CUB Energy Saver, our residents have a free and easy way to track their energy usage, save money, and cash in rewards at local businesses.” CUB Energy Saver, created in June 2010, has already saved its 162 Plainfield members $11,892. The Plainfield residents who have used CUB Energy Saver to monitor their electric use saved a combined 106,556 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough to power more than 10 average Illinois homes for a year. The …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In the last two months, 28 customers have reported falling victim to phony utility workers.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
ComEd is warning area residents to be on the lookout for scam artists posing as utility workers. The company said it has seen an increase in incidents, with 28 reports in the last two months alone from customers who were duped into disclosing credit card information, handing over cash to scam artists or allowing impersonators to enter their homes. “Last year, ComEd received 13 reports of impersonation incidents,” said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president for strategy and administration at ComEd. In most of the incidents, the impersonators identified themselves as utility employees. Many of the fraudsters dressed the part, wearing a hard hat, items bearing a utility company logo or an orange safety vest. In other cases, the culprits …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Referendum will appear on March 20 primary ballot.
Monday, March 12, 2012
On March 20, the residents of our communities will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum allowing their municipality to aggregate, or bundle, their electricity to seek a lower price. In an aggregation program the electricity is still delivered by ComEd but is supplied by a licensed alternative supplier. ComEd will still be responsible for billing, maintenance and any outage response. This program has already been successful in Crest Hill, New Lenox and 17 other Illinois communities. The residents in those communities are seeing savings of 10 to 20 percent on their total electric bill. Our communities are working together to combine the purchasing power of each of our individual communities into one larger buying group. We …
Monday, November 7, 2011
A referendum on the March 20 ballot will ask voters if they authorize the village to represent them in seeking less-expensive electricity.
Plainfield residents will decide at the voting booth if they want the village to negotiate electric rates on their behalf. The Plainfield Village Board Monday signed off on putting a referendum question on the March 20 ballot. If approved, the village will have the authority to replace ComEd as the village’s power provider with a company that offers lower rates. In other areas where this has been allowed, rates have been reduced anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent. New Lenox and Crest Hill, which recently joined forces to shop for a new electric company, saw their rates drop by 25 percent. If the referendum is approved, the village may negotiate on its own or work with the Will County Governmental League, which has proposed forming a …