Case Number: 10-0527

  • August 8, 2011

    My only income comes from Disability due to Muliple Sclerosis. I have not had a cost of living increase in TWO YEARS nor will I receive one in the next TWO! Where do you think I can get the extra money to pay this?

    NO, no, no,no!

    JoAnne Poppie
  • August 8, 2011

    Why are we paying for their upgrades? All company pays for their own upgrades why shouldnt COMED! Also, if they trimmed the trees from the lines we WOULD NOT HAVE ANY OUTAGES AND THEY WOULD BE EASY TO FIND! I think its time for a salary cut from all employees. They make way too much money. All of us white collar and blue collar and no collar took income cuts should should COMED--INCLUDING THE CEO. I am against any increases what so ever! We are shammed into using them b/c they are the only ones to supply it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, take at look at Cuivre River Electric in St. Charles County Missouri...learn from them b/c they are a co-op and never ever did I pay over $125.00 in the summer and I had an 1800 sq foot home! My electric NOW in Illinois is 2 car payments in total...that is why people live in cars now a days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! END THIS DISASTER. PLEASE.

    Patsy Allison
  • July 27, 2011

    ComEd

    Should not be allowed any sort of hate hikes what so ever. Until they can offer power to consumers that will not be interrupted as per their wishes. With the storms we have I do fully understand that there will be interuptions to the supply. But why after my grid has been restored for 5 hours do they again take it off line. It is now nearly 10pm and still no answers from ComEd`s customer service. I do no even know why they bother to answer the telephones. They provide nothing of any benefit to the consumer at all. All you get from the is raised voices and the run around. This company seeks a rate hike? How about bringing the grid we now utilize up to current standards to protect the supply. The idea of burying the lines so that trees cannot damage the lines show have been instituted years ago. Not the constant reply of tree damage to the lines. This utility deserves nothing what so ever. It is time for our Commerce Commission not to bend to their requests anymore.

    Kenneth Kostecka
  • July 27, 2011

    I have just received my latest bill from ComEd. This company has increased its service charge by 66% to $14.28, how can this be justified by the ICC, I try to save money on my electricity consumption by purchasing energy efficient appliances,I cut back on usage and guess what Comed gets its money back another way. This state is getting to be a very expensive place to live.
    Stuart Wilkins
  • May 26, 2011

    I have an ongoing issue with ComEd about the aging, deteriorating lines from the pole to my house which are not being resolved. This has been going on since I called them in September of 2010! I noticed the lines look cracked and the covering is wearing badly. Nothing has been done to these lines since the house has been built in 1961. An inspector from ComEd came to look at the lines and agrees that they need repair and or replacement. I even have a case number. I have called ComEd numerous times to no avail. I just get the runaround. I am opposed to the rate hike by ComEd because they can't seem to fix the infrastructure that they have now. To give them a rate hike to do a "Smart Grid" seems to be throwing good money after bad. We customers are paying so much for utilities now that I
    just can't see how they need more money!

    Dorothy Schult
  • May 10, 2011

    I am opposed to the approval of the Alternate Rate Regulation Plan. It is unfair to allow ComEd the freedom to levy surcharges on consumers without having to go through the usual approval steps. I also strongly feel that the introduction of "smart meters" which will charge variable rates for consumption is an unfair way to bill consumers. Our electric rates are already the highest in the country and, especially in these difficult economic times, it unreasonable to allow ComEd to charge even higher rates.
    Jerry Janota
  • May 3, 2011

    I do not believe that a automatic rate adjustment plan would be in the best interests of Commonwealth Edison Companies best interests
    Russell Lembke
  • May 3, 2011

    With the weak economic environment at the present, now is definitely not the time for any rate increases proposed by Com Ed.

    Megan Rainey

    Megan Rainey
  • May 3, 2011

    This is an unfair way for Com Ed to once again suck more money out of its customers.,
    I don't believe you can ever trust them and they will raise rates again and again, forcing more businesses to leave the state. We already have the highest rates in the nation!!!

    Pam Eberlin
  • April 27, 2011

    I am against the alternative regulation
  • April 7, 2011

    i cannot afford automatic rate increases on my meager budget please vote against.
    gerald sroga
  • April 7, 2011

    Well the companies should have to run like we run our households, you have to cut back to make the change. You should not be given the silver platter that entitles you (the company) to do anything without make any changes in your lifestyle. You want a new car, but can u afford it. My car is 12 years old.....I can't afford a new one and I can't afford for my bill to keep going up.

    Thanks

    Mke Ryan
  • April 7, 2011

    Yes, they can be entitled to a raise increase of maybe 2 or 3 percent, not 7. I don't even get 3 percent increases, I can't afford to pay it. How much did gas go up? How much should the little guy keep getting dumped on.
    Mike Ryan
  • April 4, 2011

    Ameren should not be allowed to increase their rates again, Enough is Enough.
  • March 29, 2011

    I say NO to House Bill 14
    Dorothy J Johnson
  • March 25, 2011

    I am a senior on a fixed income I do not want ComEd to be approved for this Alternate Rate Regulation Plan becauce my bill will increase because of proposed higher charges during peak daytime hours when most senior are at home. ComED had a rate increase in 2008. Why another rate increase 2 years later? This is just greed on there part. So just say no
    Marilyn Willliams
  • March 23, 2011

    I am opposed to the rate increase buy ComEd. In this economy with the recent state tax increase from our governor as well as the high cost of gas, and groceries; the last thing I need to worry about is able to pay for my electricity to a company that is a monopoly that has no competition. I hope the ICC listens to it's citizens and reject this offer.
    Otis
  • March 23, 2011

    Another burden for a retiree: not only is it a rate increase, but there's all those ancillary taxes and miscellaneous charges that go up incrementally with the rate increase. The true increase is much larger and harder to bear. Why not cut costs, with the incremental drop of all those ancillary taxes and miscellaneous charges?
    David W. Hornby
  • March 23, 2011

    I think Any increase in electric costs is rediculous.We are already paying way to much for Com Eds very poor service and HIGH ELECTRIC COSTS. Maybe ComEd should DECREASE ELECTRIC COSTS for a change and stop ripping off consumers.Especially since Com Ed has a monopoly on the system and will try to INCREASE COST to INCREASE PROFITS.I really appreciate all the efforts of AARP and ICC commision.
    Bruce Grodetz
  • March 23, 2011

    Enough! The economy sucks and people have lost so many jobs ( china etc)that will never return. Com Ed needs to let their shareholders and union take the hit. The general public is hurting. Why can't the utilities get real? It is time for them to cut their excessive spending. The general public must live on a very tight budget. Why can't the utilities live within their means? Why does the public have to continually be at their mercy?
    Julie Schipiour
  • March 17, 2011

    I WANT THE ICC TO REJECT COMED'S PROPOSED RATE INCREASE.
  • March 15, 2011

    ComEd has consistently increased rates and asked for more increases over the years. At a time when families are struggling to pay for basic necessities, it is at the least inappropriate and at the worst theivery to demand more money from customers, especially considering that ComEd has made it clear that they will only continue to bleed customers in the future. Enough. We all make sacrifices, and ComEd, despite needing to "attract investors" (per Friday, March 11, Chicago Tribune article) needs to back off.

    Rachel White
  • March 15, 2011

    I am opposed to giving Commonwealth Edison the freedom to levy future surcharges on consumers without going through the usual approval steps.
    Martin Wong
  • March 15, 2011

    I urge ICC to not give Com Ed a rate increase, especially during current recession and high unemployment. Continued consumer increases do not intice people to stay in or move to IL. Many IL tax paying citizens are struggling to keep roof over our heads, do not have jobs or are in the process of losing homes. Com Ed needs to make adjustments i.e. reduce staff, implement shared services to consolidate work, freeze wages, impose wage cuts, reduce work week schedules, reduce benefits and drastically cut corporate overhead. Customers have to make big reductions, they should do same; first step starts with the CEO, Board and exec. mgt. taking pay cuts. My bill increased from $20 some months to $30-35 in other months and now is $42 for the past month. My parents have big house in Missouri and proportionally don't pay this much. I live in small studio in high rise condo bldg., asked ComEd last year to review my high electric bill during time when I was out of state and doubt they did anything other than send report to me with alleged meter research. I am again asking Com Ed to check meter accuracy and will hopefully be here when they do it so they ae accountable. Please help consumers, thank you.
    D Wood
  • March 15, 2011

    ComEd ought to be ready, willing and able, without the all-too-familiar corporate welfare to stand on its own two feet. ComEd is beginning a new era of electric use for automobile batteries and already they are whinning. If they can't stand selling more electricity, then get out of the business and that includes their suppliers and let someone do the new wave of electric use. They ought to be lowering their price. One lower rate.
    John and Rosemarie Collins
  • March 14, 2011

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING. OUR GOVERNOR JUST RAISED THE STATE TAX TO 5%, THE COST OF GASOLINE IS GOING THROUGH THE ROOF AND NOW COM ED IS GOING TO PROPOSE A RATE INCREASE. WE HAVE 9% UNEMPLOYMENT, HOUSES GOING INTO FORECLOSURE AT A FRIGHTENING PACE AND THERE APPEARS TO BE NO RELIEF IN SITE. WHY NOT JUST TELL US HOW MUCH WE NEED TO LIVE ON AND DOLE OUT THE FUNDS TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE. TAKE OUR PAYCHECKS AND YOU TELL US HOW MUCH WE NEED TO SURVIVE. THIS STATE AND UTILITY COMPANIES IS TAKING OUR MONEY FASTER THAN WE ARE MAKING IT.
    PATRICK CRONIN
  • March 14, 2011

    I oppose this plan and any any other rate hike ComEd dreams up for consumers. It's time ComEd learns to operate with what they have, just like the residents of Illinois have had to do.
    Linda Hirschmiller
  • March 14, 2011

    Does this petition allow for Com Ed to increase rates without normal approval of the ICC? If that is true then you must not allow it. Com Ed should not be appoved for ANY rate increase of any kind. They already charge enough. They are going to have to run their business smarter and leaner rather than endlessly coming to the taxpayers for more money.
    Michael Hirschmiller
  • March 14, 2011

    The people of Illinois can't afford any more hikes.
    Where do you think people are going to get the money?
    This is crazy in cash strapped times.
    Maybe you could save money by stopping all the junk
    mail you put in my bill each month, nobody reads the junk
    anyhow, cause no one can afford to buy anything.

    Jill Snow
  • March 14, 2011

    A proposed rate increase that will negatively impact households, individuals, and communities is a terribly proposition for the future well-being of our state. I insist that the executives, board, and shareholders of Exelon/ComEd share in the burden.
    Rubén Álvarez Silva
  • March 14, 2011

    COMED SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO INCREASE RATES WITHOUT THE REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE ICC AND THE PUBLIC.

    THE COST OF TESTING ELECTRIC CARS MUST NOT BE PASSED ON I AM ALSO OPPOSED TO ANY PROGRAM TO TEST THE USE OF ELECTRIC CARS TO CUSTOMERS NOT INVOLVED.
    10-0527 · DALE FITSCHEN

    Dale Fitschen
  • March 14, 2011

    I would hope that Commonwealth Edison could find ways to reduce operational and administrative costs instead of increasing electricity rates. There are continual increases in federal, state and local taxes. If the basic rates increase so do the taxes applied which affects every consumer. In light of many who are unemployed and many people who are working and being paid less. it is too burdensome to increase the rates.
    Mary Plastina
  • March 14, 2011

    Give us a break!! Your rate increase of ONLY $5/month is $60 a year!! I'm a senior citizen and working full time because I can't afford to retire. Your increase makes my finances even worse. What happened to the old days when we got superior customer service at good rates? Why do we come after the stock holders ALL the time?
    Jill Liedlich
  • March 14, 2011

    Every energy saving measure I take in my home is met by an increase in charges. My consumption is reduced by each appliance I update, each light bulb I replace with a CFL, and every time I turn off a light. To make up for my 'being green' the utility wants to raise my bill with additional charges. I guess my next move will be to generate my own electricity and cut my lines to ComEd. If you need more money, reduce what you pay your share holders.
    Michael Nahra
  • March 14, 2011

    I am against this rate case
    alissa berman
  • March 14, 2011

    i don't think it fair how the economy falls down and yet prices are steady rising and now we have to fight just to live comfortable in our homes, next you guys will be telling us that we are not allow to live in the state for everything that does not go the government's way. we the people of the state is what helps make the state more beautiful and loving so i think you guys need to think things over a little bit more and understand that with out us there will be no you........ anyway we are still in a crisis do you not see the way things are we are not back to normal yet so get a grip and ease up on us at least until things get better.
    MILDRED JOHNSON
  • March 14, 2011

    No increase!
    Pamela N. Klimas
  • March 14, 2011

    Enough is enough we are being priced out of this state ,we live in a northern state where its much colder and electric is a necessity throw in a recession and banks not lending and Govenor Quinns 2% state tax increase we end up being nickled and dimed to death. No to Comed they got an increase a couple of years ago.
    patrick
  • March 14, 2011

    The unemployment rate is high. Wages have not risen. ComEd is a public utility. Public utilities are not private companies whose sole purpose is making profit and killing competitors.

    Public utilities serve the people first and their business interests second. ComEd needs to be reined in and reminded of their mission: to serve the needs of the community, not to maximize their profits.

    Richard Katz
  • March 14, 2011

    Please do not allow Com-Ed to increase these rates. Families in our community have a difficult time paying their bills.

    We use the RTTP to manage our usage, and increasing fixed costs will give us less control of how much we have to pay.

    Please think of consumers, not Com-Ed shareholders.

    Michelle Foster
  • March 14, 2011

    Before asking for a surcharge to pay for low-income programs, perhaps a review of the program itself would be in order. The last significant rate increase included a credit program for "low income" customers. Perhaps the qualifications for this program should be reviewed.

    In this economy most people and small businesses need help, not just those that in many cases are fraudulently receiving subsidies. There is massive fraud in most entitlement programs. I expected the same applies here.

    Stan stec
  • March 14, 2011

    This is the same company that has made billions off tax breaks.oil prices.energy should be considered a need.A need should come at the cheapest cost .They are making billions every quarter in the stock exchange .This increase is for the investors interest and isnt in the best interest of middle class.This company has invested millions to the politicians of illinois and will most likely be passed by the icc .so sad that this is happening.I guess [icc] is as much a scam as any other government agency.My property taxes have went up 2000.00 more a yr.My Illinois State Income went up another 1200.00 more a yr.License plate stick went up 20.00 .just renewed my drivers licensed that wen up another 15.00.My salary was reduced 12,000.00 a year.mmmmmmmm mayde ill meet the low cost living standards next year.Im sure Madigan and Quinn will assure this gets passed.They need more money
    anthony salemi
  • March 14, 2011

    NO to unjustified utility rate hikes No Rate Hikes!
    Theresa Waller
  • March 14, 2011

    Do I understand this correctly? If we give them carte blanche for future surcharges, they'll upgrade their infrastructure? Sounds like a deal with the devil. How about they spend their profits on improvements, like any other company. Please do not approve.
    Patricia Powers
  • March 14, 2011

    With a Dividend rate of over 5% do you really think this company needs more money?

    Spend some time in the financials of the company and you will see a raise is not needed.

    It be good to ask before any raise is approved what steps have been taken to lower the costs and could not be completed?

    Brian Lundmark
  • March 14, 2011

    I WANT THE ICC TO REJECT COMED'S PROPOSED RATE INCREASE.
  • March 11, 2011

    I AM OPPOSED TO ANY PROVISION THAT WOULD ALLOW COMED TO INCREASE RATES WITHOUT THE REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMISSION AND THE RATE PAYERS. I AM ALSO OPPOSED TO ANY PROGRAM TO TEST THE USE OF ELECTRIC CARS, IF THE COST IS BEING PASSED ALONG TO CUSTOMERS NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM.
  • March 4, 2011

    I had to retire last week and can barely make it now and am upset they are wanting another increase. where will it end. People cannot afford it now and I want to protest this.
  • March 2, 2011

    It is unfair and ineffective to charge more for daytime usage. The benefit will be small, if not non-existant. Some consumers must be home during the day and most have the common sense to not run appliances that add heat to an air conditioned home, and so a day/evening charge differential has little effect on power demand. Incrementing a higher charge as usage increases will increase your profit while not placing a heavy utility cost on lower income families.
    Joyce Szot
  • March 2, 2011

    ComEd is already cheating customers by gradually increasing their usage. To allow them an official automatic increase will place citizens on a fixed-income at a real disadvantage and possibly lead to increased death because, people will either have their gas and electricity turned off, due to lack of payment, and in the winter time a cold apartment will increase health problems or possibly freeze citizens and in the summer the lack of air will have a repeat of the deaths that occurred in the early 90's due to heat exhaustion in Chicago.

    The current unemployment status and the continued theft by individuals in charge can only lead to a disaster for the human race. Our youth currently don't value life because, of the current level of theft and as they watch their loved ones demise because they can't afford basic utilizes. I just don't understand how this is going to encourage them to value life. Everything they see from individuals in control is that a price can be put on life and that their life is irrelevant if they can't obtain the money to pay the individuals in control.

    Nancy Sutton
  • March 2, 2011

    We in the middle class are getting poorer and poorer. Let us get this economy going before you start taking more from our pockets.
    Rita Haelman
  • March 2, 2011

    Give us a Break,
    No increases in the electric rates. iI've heard from about 10 people that they are going to move out of Illinios beacause of the cost of living. Increases in Property Taxes, State Income Taxes, and Sales Tax are going to drive people out of our state. Please do not even think about raising the Electric Rates.

    Thank You,

    Frank Shannon

    Frank Shannon
  • March 2, 2011

    The alternative rate regulation plan sounds better than the rate increase, although both plans will cost consumers more.
    Susan Armstrong
  • February 15, 2011

    The rate increase is not beneficial at this time for the average consumer. There are too many people out of work still at this time that are barely making ends meet as it is if they are at all. EVEN FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER EMPLOYED....AND MAKE UNDER $50,000.00 PER YEAR... IT IS A MOJOR STRUGGLE DUE TO THE INCREASE OF OTHER COMMODITIES...IE..GROCERIES, ETC. Please do not allow this increase to go through !!!!!!. Also, they claim that there is assistance out there for the consumer to recive help with their bills...not if the agency is out of funds or they do not call you back !!!!!
    Com Ed needs to be regulated more also and also the ICC needs to allow for more competition and then their rates will go down !

    Kim Hall
  • February 15, 2011

    For heaven's sake they want a rate hike and install a meter that will raise the $ per killowattY hour during the hittest part of the day!!!! come on, you people were elected to help the people . Please vote NO.
    Vince Szymczak
  • February 15, 2011

    Don't approve any rate increases for ComEd. The current rates are too high as it is. We are retired and can't afford this additional increase.
    Gaylord Baxter
  • February 15, 2011

    Please vote no on this petition.
    Dick Geisler
  • February 15, 2011

    Enough. No more rate increases for money hungry ComEd. We live on Social Security. My government told me there is no inflation. For the last two years we received no monthly increase in our checks. My little savings account earns two tenths of one percent interest. These are difficult times for those of us who are retired. I am asking the ICC to help us and not give ComEd a rate increase at this time. Thank you.
    Gary Nelson
  • February 8, 2011

    Ms. Seitter objects to the alternative rate regulation plan.
  • February 7, 2011

    We can't have another rate increase. My Social Secuity has no COLA again but my taxes and the price of gas and food are going up.
    Michael Taylor
  • February 7, 2011

    Stop caving in to these greedy utility companys and start protecting the Illinois citizens in this state. These are difficult economic times for the people of Illinois. ComEd wants a rate increase and my water company wants a rate increase. Where does this end? I'd like a rate increase for my savings account and an increase in my Social Security check, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. Don't approve any rate increases for ComEd.
    Tim Capps
  • February 7, 2011

    No rate increase at this time.
    Barbara Hansen
  • February 7, 2011

    I oppose any rate increase or "alternative rate regulation" that amounts to future uncontrolled rate increases. My husband and I soon will both be retired. We already take steps to limit our use of electric power. More, not less, regulation is needed to make Com Ed a truly public utility.
    Nell Ingalls
  • February 7, 2011

    I oppose any rate increase or "alternative rate regulation" that amounts to future uncontrolled rate increases. My husband and I soon will both be retired. We already take steps to limit our use of electric power. More, not less, regulation is needed to make Com Ed a truly public utility.
    Nell Ingalls
  • February 7, 2011

    Higher charges during peak daytime hours will hurt retirees who are already struggling to make ends meet. Asking for more money is not the solution. Cutting expenses and pensions that may have been ok in the 80s but are now totally unrealistic is the answer.
    Rita Montano
  • February 7, 2011

    I cannot believe that ComEd has once more asked for a rate increase or for the lternative regulation. This is ludicrous. I am retired and on a fixed income. It's time that utilities put themselves on a fixed income as well. Whether they put the increase on electricity cost or delivery cost makes no difference--it is still and increase for people who have not had an increase in their Social Security for two years. ComEd received an increase in 2008 and even though part of that was rescinded, they are still making money. Let them fund the infrastructure from that money.
    Angela M Orlando
  • February 7, 2011

    This plan would negatively affect our elders (who are home during peak hours) disproportionately, and they may be the very ones who are most careful about being frugal with electricity use.
    Margaret Patterson
  • February 7, 2011

    I do not believe that ComEd should have the ability to levy future surcharges on consumers without going through the usual approval steps. Do not let this alternate rate regulation plan go through.
    Mary B Kennedy
  • February 7, 2011

    Do not approve this usurious petition!
    Russell Froelich
  • February 7, 2011

    I myself have not received an increase in pay since 2007. We had at one time gotten cost of living increases based on CPI but even that has been curtailed because of the economic conditions. ComEd needs to show that they are operating with more austere measures in place than they had in 2007, including lower pay levels, increased health costs, leaner discretionary costs, lower travel costs, lower advertising costs as they are the only game in town anyways.
    Since they have no competition in their industry, it should never come to pass that they are allowed to levy future surcharges on consumers without going through an approval process.
    In addition, upgrades and "smart meters" seem to be technology to decrease their costs which should offset their need for an increase in charges. Upgrades are a matter of doing business and should be considered in the cost of doing business not as a "bonus" to their customers, that means an increase in costs as part of that "bonus".
    We do not agree with this request

    GUY MITCHELL
  • February 7, 2011

    Oh, to have a blank check that would allow us to live in a manner to which we would like to become accustom. To most hard working Illinois residents, it would be a pipe-dream to live off, legally, somebody else's bankroll. It would relieve our worries for sure, but most of us would never dream of being such a slacker.
    It seems that ComEd, by Supreme Court edict an individual, is not one with such principle. I have watched bill after bill moved through the legislature in hope of deregulating the processes whereby this particular industry must petition for rate increases and prove need. They seem to believe that the pipe-dream of operating outside of all rules or decorum is not a pipe-dream but just one more investment in a legislator's campaign away.
    It is my sincere hope that our regulatory protocols and the structure of oversight, currently in place, will not be undermined by ComEd's relentless pursuit of deregulation.

    Gail A Talbot
  • February 7, 2011

    Absolutely not! This enrages me! Any future upgrades to the system should already be a part of the service we pay! I have never had such unreliable service. It's frightening!
    How do you expect retirees to pay this? My bill this month went from $91.00 to $245.00! I could not get an explanation for this when I called. That's outragerous! I think they have already given themselves the right to charge as much as they want. No, No, No!

    Sheri Semon
  • February 7, 2011

    I wish to clarify my prior comment to include the comment that Com Ed should not be granted any increase of the Distribution Facilities Charge (or any other non-usage related charge). Any increase should be weighted to cost the largest users of electricity.

    wbarends

    wbarends
  • February 7, 2011

    The ICC should not allow any rate increase to Commonwealth Edison. However, at a minimum any increase should be an increase in Energy Supply Charge. This will place the burden where it should be upon the excessive user. In addition such a use based increase will likely lead to greater conservation by giving users the option to consume less. Finally, an increase in the cost of usage will avoid placing an additional burden upon poor users by giving them the option to consume less.

    wbarends

    wbarends
  • February 7, 2011

    My wife and I are both Seniors on a fixed income. We are opposed to the Alternative Rate Regulation Plan proposed by Commonwealth Edison Company. There must be oversight and an approval process of all future plans that affect the citizens of Illinois.
    Thank you.

    Don Cramer
  • February 7, 2011

    We sincerely hope that ComEd is not granted this increase. Seniors cannot afford another increase when we did not get a cost of living increase in our Soc. Security. Home owners cannot afford an increase because the cost of education keeps increasing.
    Others cannot afford an increase because they have lost their jobs. How can ComEd even think of asking for an increase? Everyone else has to take pay cuts and pay freezes. Why can't ComEd tighten their belt like we have to? They are the only ones who have any money.

    Ron & Kathy Skoda
  • January 27, 2011

    I do not agree with the Alternative plan. I think Com Ed should be like other utilities in the U.S. and deploying upgrades with smart grid technology and smart meters WITHOUT the freedom to levy surcharges on customers. Come on--Com Ed wants the customers to fund upgrades that should be made as the course of business.

    In addition, charging those who are home all day higher rates just exacerbates the financial difficulties of the unemployed who are home, not because they want to be, but because they have to look for a job. The same thing goes for seniors--one of the most financially distressed segments of our society.

    Allowing this petition, as well as the one for the rate increase, to pass, is unconscionable.

    Mary Lynn Bower
  • January 24, 2011

    We oppose the alternative regulation because it is too costly and our rates are extremely high already. We who are on fixed incomes struggle with the high cost of electricity and there is no way we can reduce the bill even if we reduce our usage. The billing system does not allow for frugal people. Com Ed needs to think of a better way to provide service at a reasonable cost.
    marcia & Larry Dellefield
  • January 24, 2011

    I live in Kendall County, IL. and we have 1 out of every 13 homes in forclosure. Our property value has fallen 30%. It is predicted that the banks will dump all of these empty houses on the market this spring. That will make all properties worth less.
    The State just raised our state income tax. The county multiplier went up so our property taxes are higher. The City of YorKville raised our water bills and we will soon see the sales tax go over 8%.
    Now ComED wants to raise our electric rates with a surcharge and smart metering. I am a retired teacher on a fixed income. I can not raise my income with a surcharge. I am home during the day and can not avoid using electricty. Smart metering will only benifit people if they are gone during the day. These rate increases will result in more people loosing their homes. We will see more people on welfare and people leaving Illinois for lower tax states. Do not approve case number 10-0467 or case number 10-0527.

    Fred & Mary Ellen Anderson
  • January 24, 2011

    Case number 10-0467. Vote NO. My electric bill is too high all ready - on a fixed income I cannot afford to pay more for electricity. I keep my thermostat low and put on layers of clothing just to stay in my house during the winter. I cannot afford higher electric bills. I use electric appliances only when it is absolutely necessary and I use very low lighting so I am not using electricity. Vote no to Case 10-0467. Thank you.
    Iona Whitney
  • January 24, 2011

    The January bill is already doubled - and I was not living in the USA last January. Taxes are up. Saleries, if you even still have a job, are frozen. Hopefully, ComED saleries are frozen too. Raising rates during a period of declining income is not appropriate.
    Gail Muirhead
  • January 24, 2011

    I am retired and on a fixed income. I am home both day and night - would really like to stay warm and use my appliances whenever I need to use them. I already conserve as much energy as possible by turning off lights - use clothes dryer only when necessary (hang clothes on line outside most of time) - an increase in anyway to my current electric bills will be a hardship. My electric bill increases every year and it soon will be a hardship for me to stay in my home and pay all of the utility increases just keep coming every year. Vote no to case number 10-0527. Thank you!
    Iona Whitney
  • January 24, 2011

    I hereby request case number 10-0467 for the Commonwealth rate increase be combined with the above case #10-0527, Petition for approval of an Alternative Rate Regulation Plan so the commissioners will be able to clearly see the combined effect on consumers. Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.
    Mrs Hollek
  • January 24, 2011

    I am self-employed and my husband and I are often home working during the day..why should our electric charge during the day be higher?? Please do not institute this rate hike during peak hours.
    Jennifer Loftus

    Jennifer Loftus
  • January 24, 2011

    The proposed Alternative Rate Regulation does not consider senior citizens who are at home during the peak hours. Our rates will go up even though we have not increased our usage (we are living our daily life - cooking, radio / TV, and internet access). Being retired, has placed us in direct fire for a utility to increase its revenue stream.

    Help!

    Steve D'Amico
  • January 24, 2011

    I do not support the change in regulations proposed in this bill.
    Geraldine Ketterson
  • January 24, 2011

    My recent electric bill shows $75 of electricity used. Added to that is $61 of fees and taxes. Those fees and taxes are excessive now. So Comed has hatched a scheme to add even more cost to electricity use? I OPPOSE ANY RATE INCREASE THAT WOULD BURDEN CONSUMERS EVEN MORE. If Comed wants to save money ,I suggest that they lower the pay of all employees making over100K by 10 percent. Lower the pay of anyone over 200k by 25 percent. Drop the stock dividend 5 cents. Then when the bean counters and schemers start to feel the reality of this world, they might present better ideas.
    jeffrey edgar
  • January 24, 2011

    Please do not allow this alternative regulation to go into effect; it severely punishes those on a fixed income, especially retirees. In this current economy to ask for any increase is tragic, many can't pay their bills as is. While upgrades are necessary to the system, it should not be on the backs of those who can afford it the least.
    Shenan Hoppe-Ludwig
  • January 24, 2011

    Why is ComEd any different from any company wanting to improve a product? Why should they be allowed to pass this on to customers? Should we look for alternative electric? Do I need a windmill in my yard? Also, the poor seniors sitting at home during the day shouldn't be penalized for being home. This is an outrage. We are at the Electric Company's mercy.
    Joan Fries
  • January 24, 2011

    We do not need the "smart meter". This case along with case 10-0467 - rate increase- should be combined into one case so Commissioners can see the true, combined effect and negative impact on consumers. I vote NO for any rate increase ComEd is trying to pass.
    Rich Sendra
  • January 24, 2011

    1-22-11

    Re: ComEd's request for a rate increase.

    Pursuant to my first e-mail, I just received my ComEd bill and noticed (not for the first time) that I am being charged for the Smart Meter Program. If I am being charged for this program why do I not have a "smart meter"?

    Please do not allow this rate increase to Commonwealth Edison Company for the Smart Meter Program. We (the customers) are already paying for this program, and I don't know for how long I have been paying, but the ICC should look into this and ask ComEd why I'm paying for Smart Meter Program when I do not have a Smart Meter installed at my home address.

    Seems to me that I'm being "taken" on their program and not benefiting at all.

    Your comments please, by February 15, 2011.

    Thank you.

    Norma A. Wawrzyniak

    Norma A. Wawrzyniak
  • January 24, 2011

    As a lifelong resident of Illinois and now a senior citizen I am totally against the "Alternative Rate Regulation Plan pursuant to Section 9-244." I feel the new regulation will place undue financial pressure on the senior citizens affected by the plan. Just for the record we are approaching three years with no increases in both of our pensions.
    Raymond Bonaguro
  • January 24, 2011

    I am apposed to the Alternative Rate Regulation Plan. Customers such as retirees who
    spend their days at home will have higher bills, and those are the vewry people that
    are on a fixed income, and can least afford higher utility bills.

    JANETLEONE
  • January 24, 2011

    Living on a fixed income (social security) and not getting an increase from SS, but a decrease, I am finding your increase in my ComEd bill distrubing. My bill has increase by $20 - $25 monthly and I am using less electricity. Please reconsider this raise. Thank you

    KQFYY

    Edythe T. Biewer
  • January 24, 2011

    I am against ComEd request for an alternate regulation. ComEd is a profitable company who needs to invest those profits into the backbone structure in Illinois.

    Randy Pippen

    Randy Pippen
  • January 24, 2011

    I am opposed to any rate increases at this time. Chicagoans already have the burden of some of the highest energy bills in the country. It's outrageous that our public figures are so insensitive to the difficulties of older citizens on a fixed income, but also, the middle aged adult who must worry about college costs as well as disabled, frail parents. This rate increase will only add to the stress.
    Mary Lou Zelazny
  • January 24, 2011

    This message pertains to case #10-0467 as well as 10-0527 (ComEd Alternative Regulation).

    My mother, age 94+ , is confined to a hospital bed in her small 3 room, 1 bedroom apartment. She receives a pension of less than $100/month and a relatively small social security payment. I help pay her bills as much as possible, BUT, with 24/7 home care requirements for her it’s VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME since I am retired and on a fixed income (pension and social security) also.

    For my mother’s small, one bedroom, 3 room apartment, her ComEd bills were almost $300 for the two months 10/25/10 thru 12/28/10. I think it’s ridiculous that senior citizens, like my mother, should be subjected to still another ComEd rate increase !

    Let’s stop the Utility “Double Talk” and “do the right thing” for our senior citizens that are on relatively small fixed incomes and are struggling as it is!

    George Morris
  • January 21, 2011

    I am opposed to any increases at this time. bills already high enough. please vote no increases
  • January 18, 2011

    I am on an oxygen concentrator for my lung illness and it operates during the dailight hours when ComEd proposes to charge the most for electric use. My electric bill has surged approimately 40% since I began using this machine and I can ill afford to pay a penalty of a higher electric rate because of my illness.
    Joanne Kapala
  • January 18, 2011

    I believe that this case along with case 10-0467 - alternative regulation - should be combined into one case so Commissioners can see the true, combined effect and negative impact on consumers.
    Thomas Taylor
  • January 18, 2011

    I believe that this case along with case 10-0467 - alternative regulation - should be combined into one case so Commissioners can see the true, combined effect and negative impact on consumers.
    Linda
  • January 18, 2011

    I vote NO for the alternative regulation! This is NOT the time for a rate increase! We have been increased out! Paychecks are smaller but yet everyone what's a bigger chuck out of it. Their is not money left to spend to get the economy going!!!!
    Pamela Weber
  • January 18, 2011

    Please reconsider this request. Now is not the time to think about additional surcharges. As wonderful as upgrades might be, the economy is not at the place yet where your consumers can handle much more. We are being taxed at a 66 percent higher rate this year and a good many of us have lost jobs and are unable to find new ones. This is not the time! We consumers need some relief!
    Sonia Solomonson
  • January 18, 2011

    The alternative rate regulation plan, with smart meters, would penalize senior citizens like us that are home during the day. Why should we pay more to cover those that work all day? We are on fixed incomes and don't get increases for Social Security. We have to make do on what we have and Edison should too.
    Terry Mabus
  • January 18, 2011

    I am against this ComEd request for an alternative rate regulation plan. ComEd makes enough earnings to finance their system upgrades. Users should not be required to finance these upgrades. An upgrade is a legitimate business expense that enjoy tax preferential treatment, just like other business expenses. Retirees who are on fixed income and families with small children who stay home will be most affected by the increased fees due to this alternative rate regulation plan.
    P. Angeles
  • January 18, 2011

    The alternative rate regulation is just more money out of our pockets. When I sit here in the dark for twelve hours, I'll be reminded of their "upgrades". I wish I could get all of these "rate increases" - it would make my life a lot easier.
    Barbara Fallmer
  • January 18, 2011

    I am opposed to the alternative rate regulation plan. As a retiree on a fixed income, the idea of ComEd being able to freely levy surcharges in the future is dangerous. The purpose of the Illinois Commerce Commission is the make sure that rate increases and surcharges are needed and applied fairly. I do not support giving up this protection.

    I am also against "smart meters." They sound good but would unfairly target the young and the elderly who are at home during the day. We have many gray days when lights are needed during the day. My old eyes need light to read. Also many homes and apartments have windowless rooms, especially bathrooms, and halls. Ours does, so we need to use more electricity during the day. We keep our heat as low as possible and do not unduly air condition our house in the summer. On our fixed income, my husband and I do as much as we can to keep costs down. Don't raise our costs because we are barely making it now.

    Susan Brownell
  • January 18, 2011

    Another rate increase-why? The citizens of Illinois have just been hit with an income tax hike, unemployment is over 9%, and we are rated the worst place for retirees to live in the entire country! Are you trying to get everyone to move out of the state? Doesn't ComEd have one of the highest electric rates in the nation? The people of Illinois have had to cut back just to make ends meet; can't ComEd do the same?
    Margaret Sabol
  • January 18, 2011

    Com Ed should go through usual approval steps to levy future surcharges on consumers. Smart Grid technology sounds helpful to your company, however, 'smart meters' in homes for remote meter reading is unfair. There are many people in lower income brackets, and the aged who do not work, who are home all day. Higher charges during peak daytime hours would be detrimental to their income, and provide a low standard of living.
    Geraldine Bakosh
  • January 18, 2011

    I am not in favor of Com Ed being able to adjust rates for the time of day as it unfairly affect seniors who are home during the day and have to have their air conditioning and other appliances running during the day. They do not have the option of turning their thermostat up or down during the day as they are most susceptible to heat and cold. The smart meters sound like big brother is watching you. We don't need this from Com Ed.
    David Krantz
  • January 18, 2011

    This petition is just another sneaky way for ComEd to increase rates even further and allow them to add future 'surcharges' without approval. While variable rates are not necessarily a bad idea (the phone company has done this for quite some time), the ability to add surcharges whenever they want is just opening the door to abuse. In addition, retirees and the unemployed will be hurt by the variable-rate pricing, since they would be the primary residential customers in need of electricity during peak daytime hours. I am totally opposed to this petition.
    Linda Porter
  • January 18, 2011

    Another proposal that will hit retired people very hard. My husband and I are retired and my husband is home all day every day; he has severe emphysema. This proposal is unfair and cruel.
    Lynn Windsor
  • January 18, 2011

    NO! This is blackmail! To give freedom to levy future surcharges without going through usual steps is unacceptable. Who is regulating who? This is a blank slate for abuse. Yes there is need for upgrades, but just as a wage earner has to account for every penny of income and make due but still be prudent in maintaining and up-grading a home or other need, our utilities must look at their expenditures ASIDE from those that maintain and up-grade. How about looking behind the rhetoric, examine perks and salaries and pensions. Too many executives consider the company a cookie jar for their use - money that should be used for bettering the system. Thank you.
    Carol Findling
  • January 18, 2011

    Dear Illinois Commerce Commission:
    Shouldn't ComEd do system upgrades as a matter of course and not charge customers for a job they should have been doing for years? Is is fair that they are asking to make a deal: in return for the freedom to levy future surcharges on consumers without going through approval steps with your commission? We read our meter at home with an occasional check by the electric company. Why do we need new "smart meters?" In this time of recession, maybe it is a good time to consider the needs of consumers in 2011.
    Please consider our request as retirees on a limited income.
    Thank you,
    Edward and Margaret Pyterek

    Mr. Edward and Dr. Margaret Pyterek
  • January 18, 2011

    I am in favor of this petition, however, anyone who is on a fixed income such as to compare with Medicaid guidelines, should be able to chose to participate in an Alternative Rate Plan.
    Lori Jones
  • January 18, 2011

    Please don't do this to us. Most of us are just squeaking by--especially senior citizens on fixed incomes.
    F. Anderson
  • January 18, 2011

    Your alternative to the rate increase is not realistic for those of us who are retired elders. It does nothing but put a further burden on our already strained finances. Most of us in strained financial circumstances.
    elaine bachman
  • January 18, 2011

    ComEd would not be proposing this plan unless it would mean more money for the company. Keep what it has and then REDUCE the rates ComEd charges. This utility has been ripping off its customers long enough. It is time for ICC to take a stand and start refusing rate increase requests, if not reducing the electric rates.
    Keith
  • January 18, 2011

    This is just another way for Com Ed to add an additional burden on the citizens of Illinois. There are a lot of people who are having a difficult time trying to pay their bills and feed their families without this additional burden.
    Beverly C. Meyer
  • January 18, 2011

    Please do not allow this to pass. This will hit the retired elderly and disabled on a fixed income the hardest. Even with turning down the thermostat, converting to new light bulbs, etc, our costs would go up and with no control.
    Susan Bajner
  • January 18, 2011

    Why are you, Com-Ed, requesting an alternative rate regulation plan...Do you think we as consumers are STUPID or what? You are asking to make a deal: In return for the freedom to levy future surcharges on us without going through the usual approval steps, you will spend $190 million on system upgrades....These upgrades include employing "smart grid" technology to enable engineers to find and fix outages more quickly and install "smart meters" in homes for remote meter reading....Unfortunately the smart metering charges variable rates according to when the electricity is used, with higher charges during peak daytime hours.....Therefore, customers such as retirees who spend their days at home will have higher bills...You also promise assistance to people like me, low-income customers, but that doesn't make alternative rate regulation any more attractive....It's just an unfair way to charge consumers, because also the dollar cost to consumers-the surcharges-is not yet clear....This bureaucratical BS must stop Com-Ed....Who do you think your fooling anyway....You have no competition, so you think you can get away with anything....I hope the ICC can see through your parlor tricks and disapprove this alternative rate regulation plan......
    Charles W. McCaffree
  • January 18, 2011

    As in case #10-0467, I feel this "alternative rate regulation plan" is just another way of creating hardship for those people who can least afford it - retirees living on a fixed income, young families, etc. These are the people who would use electricity mainly during the day - the exact hours when ComEd wants to charge more. No matter how you "dress up" this plan, it's just another way to up everyone's bill. This request should be denied.
    Annmarie Mahallak
  • January 18, 2011

    I am against 10-0527. In my opinion, Com Ed proposes to make improvements to their systems which will benefit Com Ed. In return, it appears that Com Ed will be able to charge customers more in sur charges.

    People are already struggling to put food on the table. Older people choose between eating, medicine, and heat. Young families have parents working more and more hours (if they are fortunate enought to find a job) just to provide necessities for their children.

    Putting more and more monetary pressure on those who can least afford it seems cruel and inhumane.

    Bonnie Nungester
  • January 18, 2011

    You need to be regulated. Our bills are so high now....just what would they be if no control was held over COMED? I am totally against this Petition 10-0527!!!!!
    R. M. Avery
  • January 18, 2011

    Senior Citizens and unemployed people cannot afford the rate increase. Com Ed is making entirely too much.
    Larry N. Hill
  • January 18, 2011

    this Alternative Regulation Plan is going to hurt retired persons such as my husband and myself. While you're at it, give your retirees a raise as my husband gets a pittence of a retirement from you for his 22 years of service.
    Joan F Koenes
  • January 18, 2011

    I am strongly against this proposal. I understand that under this proposal, there will be higher charges for daytime usage of power. We are both retired and are home all day. We use electricity on many things such as television, washing machine/dryer, vaccum cleaner, computer, etc. It would be an extra burden for retirees on fixed income.
    Mrs. Fumiko Michael
  • January 18, 2011

    I support this proposal. It will provide an incentive for customers to balance their electricity use throughout the day, providing better system capacity and reducing the need to build new power plants, which means fewer emissions and lower costs for all of us in the longer term. I would ask that if this proposal is approved, that ComEd provide information to its customers concerning how they can benefit from the lower off-peak rates by changing their consumption habits. This can be a win-win for everyone if it is implemented in the right way.
    George Florian
  • January 18, 2011

    As with case number 10-0467, I feel this increase unfairly strikes the senior citizens' pocketbooks since they are the ones most at home during peak daytime hours.
    Barbara
  • January 18, 2011

    Dear ICC -
    I would like to voice my opposition to ComEd's alternative rate regulation plan. My view is that Utility companies must be regulated to prevent price gouging of the consumer. My understanding is that ComEd is trying to "cut a deal" that would essentially free them from seeking regulatory approval to levy future surcharges on the consumer, in exchange for agreeing to spend $190M on system upgrades. In the corporate America that I know, companies must pony-up funds to expand or remodel their facilities and infrastructure (computer systems, etc.) from their earnings. It is very difficult to pass these types of costs on to customers, as competition keeps prices in line with demand. I would suggest that ComEd investigate other sources of revenue to upgrade their system, than turning to the average electrical consumer to fund their modernization dreams.
    Respectfully,
    Gary L. Voss
    Byron, IL

    Gary L Voss
  • January 18, 2011

    I strongly oppose the alternative rate plan, especially the use of "smart meters" to charge higher rates for usage during peak daytime hours. I am retired, living on a fixed income, and I am usually at home during the day, using electricity when it would cost the most. This is an unfair burden to put on old folks who are least able to afford the higher rates. Please reject this proposal.
    John P. White
  • January 18, 2011

    Approval of this plan would be especially unfair for large segments of Illinois residents - Seniors who are home day and night; families with small children where one parent is stay-at-home; families of home schooled children; families with a physically incapacitated member.

    Most of these families have excessive expenditures or very limited incomes, yet not sufficient to qualify for the financial assistance alluded to by ComEd. Further, most of these families/individuals are not currently recipients of some form of government assistance and do not want to be.

    Strongly recommend the Alternative Rate Regulation Plan proposal be disapproved!

    Paul Benson
  • January 18, 2011

    Is that all the utilities ever due is ask for increases? Just another increase to keep the citizens of Illinois deeper in the money pit. It's not enough that our represenitives lied when they said they wouldn't raising our state income tax, now they want to raise my electric rates again. This bill along with bill 10-0467 and SB 2485 will be the biggest dollar increase this state has ever seen and for what to make the utilities richer. Remmember when the utilities were only allowed to make a certain % of profit?
    This is another scam.

    George Demakos
  • January 18, 2011

    I urge the ICC to deny Comed any rate increases. They are unfairly passing the cost of upgrading their equipment (cost of doing business) onto the already drained consumerswhile they rake in high profits. It is unfair that Comed and it's other subsidiaries make high profits while the average person stives to make ends meet on a fixed income. It is totally unfair that we should pay for their executives to receive large salaries and bonuses for hardly doing anything. STOP THE RAIDING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS!!! With all the increases in taxes and the price of goods in this state, after living in this state for 70+ years (all my life) we are beginning to seriously think about moving to another state that doesn't allow companies to rape it's consumers. We just cannot afford any more rate increases by the state and its utility companies.
    arlene
  • January 18, 2011

    Please do not approve the requested rate hike for Com Ed. The company continues to use rate hikes to make unreasonable profits. Selling excess electricity to other utilities should not be financed by we rate payers. Say no to excess profits! We have no competition in Illinois for electric rates. No rate hikes without competition.
    Michael Griffith
  • January 18, 2011

    How clever, let us charge the consumer more without government oversight and we will take care of upgrading our equipment. If the company was well managed these improvements would have been address in years past. Historically we have seen ComEd try to increase charges year after year. If the consumer advocates had not been out working on our behalf, most of us could not afford electricity.

    Keep the oversight. They always manage to implement the changes that have the potential to make them money. Smart meters to charge me more because I am now retired and at home in the day. The whole thing has a bad oder. Let them find money from their bottom line and make the necessary improvements like other companies. Its called capital improvements.

    If there is any doubt, I AM AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL.

    Mary Houston
  • January 18, 2011

    I am opposed to any surcharges as a way to generate income for ComEd. Surcharges are not as easily identifiable as a rate and customers have no way to substantially control their bill by economizing. Surcharges are equivalent to taxes in my opinion and always seem to creep upward with little accountability as to where the money actually goes.
    Gerald Hanna
  • January 18, 2011

    I believe this plan is an unfair way to charge consumers. Being able to charge higher rates during peak hours will unfairly charge the retired and poor who spend more time at home. Also, I do not see where this will improve service to their customers, it only provide them with more profits for their pockets. They need to provide superior service and attention to the needs of the customers and communities they serve before they are allowed to implement such a plan as this.
    Ronni Grey
  • January 18, 2011

    Com Ed is not a public utility ...it is a business. As with any business, Com Ed should be making system upgrades without raising rates for consumers.

    I oppose this action as it will allow Com Ed to levy future surcharges without going through the usual proposal steps.

    Sheryl Hutchinson
  • January 18, 2011

    I do not feel that a raise in our electric bills are justified. Hinsdale, has had many outages over the years, and we have outdated equipment, which is way behind in updating. They have been trying to update over the past few years, but it is going to take many years to catch up.

    Hinsdale has looking at the option of having our electic managed by our Village, but are trying to work it out with Com Ed.

    Why are we the second highest rate in the country? Where is all this money going?
    Many of us have lost a freezer full of food, and trying to collect has been something we did not want to have to try and do, so have paid the price too many times.

    Sincerely,

    Yolanda Pope

    yolanda pope
  • January 18, 2011

    To charge variable rates with higher charges during peak daytime hours will especially hurt many retirees who typically are at home during those hours. And there seems to be considerable lack of clarity on the dollar cost to consumers to the variable surcharages. I hope that the ICC will not approve this ComEd proposal. And as mentioned in my comment about ComEd's other proposal #10-0467, why not combine the two proposals so that comparison of consequences can be better assesed? This proposal at hand (#10-057) seems like economic blackmail. ComEd will upgrade its systems if allowed to impose surcharges in the future without going through the usual approval steps.
    Richard L. Johannesen
  • January 18, 2011

    I oppose 10-0527 for alternative regulation. I'm 68 on a fixed income. I'm home all day and I'm not going to begin laundry at 3 a.m. This is the USA and no one should be allowed to tell you when you can do laundry, run your A/C or turn on your lights.
    Barbara Kellogg
  • January 18, 2011

    Comed has some of the highest rates in the country. They overbuilt nuclear power plants for years based on a moronic population growth estimate, which didn't happen. Now they ask for more money. The answer should be NO. They also discontinued the special lower rate for people using heat pumps as an alternate source of heat. I purchased a heat pump based on the discount rates that were being offered. Now I can only use natural gas, because the electric rates do not make sense to use with my heat pump. I really need to leave this corrupt state of Illinois. Hell they just raised the income tax and corporate taxes. Stupid idiots running this state.
    David Jordan
  • January 18, 2011

    Do not allow ComED to add surcharges to bills in the future without specific approval. This will result in uncontrolled rate increases because they have no competition.
    kathy Westburg
  • January 18, 2011

    This bill sounds to me as if they will be regulating themselves and making judgment calls on who and when to charge fees. My opinion is that they should not be allowed to do so.
    Howard Whitney
  • January 18, 2011

    Rates have been raised eough. I am a retired senior. Am I supposed to sit in the dark, no entertainment, no air conditioning all day long just to keep my bills down. I've supported ComEd all of my life. This regulation plan is a discrimination against retired seniors.

    Do not do this. We need a competitive company for electric service to stop the madness. I would definitely switch if that happens. Enough already. Our economy is in a big enough mess. Com Ed is further complicating all of our problems.

    Find an alternative to this plan

    Kathy Matyskela
  • January 18, 2011

    Recently read about this alternate rate plan in my AARP newsletter. I absolutely reject an alternative rate regulation plan that in essence allows ComEd to freely levy future surcharges on consumers without going thru the usual approval steps, in exchange for making $190 million in system upgrades. ComEd, as a utility, should be regulated and subject to approval checks and balances, as a protection for consumers, if nothing else.

    With regard to system upgrades: these are a cost of doing business. If the business were well-managed, these upgrades would be factored in as a normal part of business planning and budgeting and they would get done in a timely way. (When I moved to Illinois, I was shocked that things like line right-of-way maintenance and equipment replacement were apparently done only when there was a problem or equipment failure. To this day, we still have our meter read by a real person, which in this electronic age is a total disgrace.)

    I urge you to deny ComEd's recent request for a rate increase, and to mandate that proposed system upgrades go forward as a matter of course without extra charges to the consumer!

    Karen S. Tschanz
  • January 18, 2011

    Com Ed does not deserve approval for the alternative rate regulation plan. They say it is for system upgrades. My question is what have they been doing with all the money they get from us. We pay the highest rates and get the worst service and there is no upkeep that they do. They have been putting band-aids on problems instead of fixing them right. They purposely do the least that is needed when a problem arises and when the same problem happens again after a week, it's the same thing. It takes months if you call with a minor problem for them to send someone out. You have to hound them to get it done. If they get this plan then we will really be paying a lot more and getting a lot less and they won't even have to ask. Our rates are out of this world already, if you give Com Ed free reign then there is no telling what we will have to pay. Thanks for allowing the consumers to express our opinions
    Dianna Remour
  • January 18, 2011

    YOU CAN CHECK OUR COMMENTS ON #10-467
    MR. & MRS. GERALD BERNAR
  • January 18, 2011

    I believe this request is unfair. The higher charges would apply during peak daytime hours. I am retired, on a fixed income, and I am home most of the day and would always be paying a higher rate.
    Diane Wolniewicz
  • January 18, 2011

    If you follow what has happened in California with the use of smart-grid technology, you will notice that consumers have seen significant increases in their cost to receive power. It is not in the interest of consumers to have a utility try to differentiate their generic product by creating a false market using smart-grid technology. The reason utilities have peaking units is to handle demand during the height of the day. Those units go off line when demand is reduced. The whole smart-grid phenomenon appears to be an attempt by the power industry to receive a rate increase without going through the regulatory process. Rather than send more money to the power companies, consumers would be far better served to replace old, outdated appliances and HVAC systems,alng with energy efficient lighting. Smart consumers already know that power costs less during non peak hours and can adjust their habits accordingly. They do not need a smart grid to tell them that. This proposal is a rather transparent attempt by ComEd to garner additional revenue for the same product. I am NOT in favor of approving this proposal. As an elected official, I see my residents struggling to survive in this economy. They do not need an additional burden placed upon them.
    William Harper
  • January 18, 2011

    A few years ago Com-Ed put a device that was to control my air conditioner use. I didn't see any change in my bill. With this new device I believe it will do the same. If I wait until the night to run my air conditioner it won't keep my house any cooler. If the need for electricity is greater during some times of the day especially in the summer why doesn't Com-Ed charge the big users like shopping malls that are so chilly that you have to wear a long sleve shirt to shop there. Every body should be charge the same per killowatt hour and if they are going to charge by the time electricity is used the big users should be charged first.
    Dennis Devitt
  • January 18, 2011

    This is preferred to milking the public for every dime, lets stop stealing from the poor and giving to the rich!
    John E. Girard
  • January 18, 2011

    1-11-11

    NO DEALS. NO TO THE ALTERNATIVE RATE REGULATION PLAN SUBMITTED BY COMED.

    SEE MY COMMENTS ON CASE NUMBER 10-0467 OF 1-11-11.

    Thank you.

    Norma Wawrzyniak

    Norma Wawrzyniak
  • January 18, 2011

    just another way to bill us, which we do not need
    Terry Wentz
  • January 18, 2011

    I am strongly against this request for a switch to "smart metering" and rates that are higher during the daytime. As a former business owner I know what "demand metering" is. They jack up the rates during the daytime hours when we have to use our appliances and lighting and then tell us we could save money during the middle of the night when we are sleeping. I have no interest in any lala-land electric vehicle scenario and we have to run our dishwasher, washer, and dryer more than one cycle per day. Running a clothes dryer while sleeping is a fire risk. Smart metering and variable rates are just a huge rate increase being jammed down the throats of the vast majority of utility customers who are not nocturnal. Refuse this request and keep electric rates flat around the clock. Say no to smart metering.
    John Moloney
  • January 18, 2011

    The requested alternate regulation is totally unnessary and should be rejected. It is just another way that ComEd is trying to implement to fleece the public!

    BYKGZ

    Richard Fandel
  • January 18, 2011

    Are you kidding, another increase. Tell me where I can comparative shop for my electric needs, I wish I had the benefit of passing on my increased expenses to someone. How about my billing you for having your electric in my house. Come on. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
    Lynne Mesnard
  • January 18, 2011

    Dear Sirs or Madam:
    Normally I do not send comments on items like this, however I find that this new form of a "deal"
    to be unpalatable to almost everyone that I have discussed it with. ComEd will have to make system upgrades anyway and will be able to write them down eventually. Why should they have the options of charging higher rates without regulation in the future?? Now, you can have them install the Smart Meters anyway and they still charge a meter fee to put one in, in addition to a rather stiff monthly fee for the Smart Meter. We pay an eqpt. replacement fee now, and after 24 years in our present home, they have NEVER been out to replace the meter, I'm sure that we have paid for the current meter several times over by now!! This is a new way to bilk consumers out of their meger funds, especially those of us that are on a fixed income.., the price of food, fuel, and all consumer goods has risen exponentially, and my social security has been frozen for the second year now.
    My wife and I are not at the poverty level, yet, but if all of the tax increases, food costs, fuel costs, utility costs, and all the related costs that are projected, keep rising, we will be there very quickly!!! This is one area that needs to be reviewed and corrected soon, and not by Industry insiders, but by a regulating body such as yours to keep the utilities "HONEST". My wife and I have a rural "all electric home, (Heat, sewer, well, sump-pump, hot water, stove,and laundry equipment) there are no alternatives available to us out here, except bottled gas. and to even install this for our home would require extensive remodeling of our house, which would be beyond our means. We DO NOT have Air Conditioning or other such goodies, we use a single energy star rated window unit and keep the shades and windows closed in the summer. We have replaced 99% of our lights with CFL'S and have installed energy efficient windows, additional insulation, caulking, and all of the
    recommended energy saving items that we can afford, this doesn't seem to have much of an effect
    on our electric bill, as the amount that we save is offset by ConEd's additional "fees" and
    charges!! At this juncture, the ICC is the only recourse that the common homeowner has to help
    them keep costs under manageable control. As most consumers are at the Mercy of the Utilitiy
    companies, and cannot afford to go "OFF THE GRID" due to financial constraints imposed by the
    costs of Alternative Energy Sources, (WInd, Solar, Etc.) The ICC must be the buffer to the "Profit"
    requests by those Corporations, and despite the qualifications of need presented by the Utilities,
    they have many alternatives to the rate increases that have been proposed. (Cutting Costs is one
    way, Look at the waste of the men on the trucks(union contracts) sitting on the side of the roads, and of the several "Extra" executives "needed" to conduct "business" that do not actually perform
    physical duties but are the "Window Dressing" for the Corporation..... How many communication
    personnel and their assistants are really needed to conduct business. As many private companies
    strain to reduce operating expenses, why do Public organizations not??
    Thank you for your time, and consider rejecting the ComEd requests for those of us that are unfortunate to not be in the financial majority.
    Dave and Marge

    David W. Cole
  • January 18, 2011

    I don't think comed should have this increase. These are hard times,and people need a brake.We are on fixed income. Please say NO to the Petition.
    Joseph Tazbier
  • January 13, 2011

    Customer called to oppose ComEd's proposed rate increase.

    Customer proposes that the politicians cut back on their paychecks and other expenditures. This is all on the people of Illinois, and here I am on a fixed income. Many politicians act as they are above all of us, but in reality they don't really do any work at all. They drive expensive luxury vehicles on the taxpayers dime.

  • January 13, 2011

    We oppose any increase for comed due to the economy right now. state tax is going up and we are already paying one of the highest elec rates.
  • January 12, 2011

    I WANT TO OPPOSE THE ALTERNATIVE RATE.
  • January 11, 2011

    I am for the alternate regulation. I want to express my support for variable rate based on the time of day and based on when electricity is used.
  • December 9, 2010

    Customer called to oppose the proposed ComEd rate increase. Customer is on a fixed income, and now ComEd wants to raise the rates! Between property taxes and now the utility, customer doesn't understand what the government and utility companies are thinking.
  • December 7, 2010

    I would like someone to look at my comm-ed bill for my small business which will have to close this year due to outsourcing and high utility bills.
    My usage was 114KWH. cost of that? $9. After taxes and delivery services the bill was $67.95. I can no longer afford to keep the doors open to our business. We have done everything we could to reduce costs, but we will have to disconnect from Comm-Ed and use a gas run generator in order to eliminate the delivery charge. Despite our best efforts to cut costs, Comm-Ed gouges us on their delivery fee.

    If these charges were even within reason, we could continue and hope business picks up, but we have no income, no unemployment, and utility bills that we can no longer afford.

    I have an electronic photo of my bill that I would be happy to send as proof of my complaint.

    Mary and Bill Sergeant
    Custom Silkscreen Svcs
    Hebron, IL. 60034

    Mary Sergeant
  • November 17, 2010

    Commonwealth keeps denying that there has been any rate increases. My bill tripled during June, July and August. I live on $1400 a month disability payments and my bills for electric were over $600 each of those months. They threatened disconnection if I didn't pay the entire amount. They are using a sneaky new charge to cover up a rate increase and are demanding payment for it, it isn't right.
    Elizabeth Montville
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