ComEd

Chicago, Illinois

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation--one of the nation's largest electric and gas utilities--provides service to approximately 3.8 million northern Illinois electric customers. ComEd is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its success in leveraging ENERGY STAR and utilizing a market-friendly approach to promote energy-efficient products and energy saving practices to residential and business customers. Key accomplishments include:

 

         Promoting ENERGY STAR qualified residential lighting through 800 retail locations, educating more than 13,000 retail staff about the benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, and conducting 260 customer education demonstrations.

         Selling more than 9.4 million ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs and 81,000 qualified fixtures in its service territory in 2010, with estimated gross annual energy savings of more than 390,000 MWh.

         Partnering with three major home improvement chains to accept and properly dispose of CFLs at no charge, resulting in proper disposal of more than 60,000 CFLs.

         Collecting more than 30,000 aging refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners for proper recycling including recovery of ozone-depleting substances in accordance with the best practices of EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program.

         Leveraging the Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign in creative new ways to spur customer behavior change and action. One particularly effective e-mail marketing effort involved promoting the ENERGY STAR Pledge with the ENERGY STAR EZ Wizard Tool, a free tool to help customers easily put their computers in sleep mode when not in use. On the first day of the promotion, EPA received nearly 1,700 new pledges.

         Helping consumers save more than 448 million kWh (net) of electricity in 2010, exceeding its statutory goals by nearly 50 percent--at least 40 percent of these savings come from incentives tied directly to ENERGY STAR.