Case Number: 11-0721

  • October 3, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,
    Wei-lin Fen g, P.E., P.G.
    Associate Vice President
    ARCADIS U.S. Inc.

    Wei-lin Feng
  • October 3, 2012

    I believe that Comed is representative of the political process in this country - that the few who pay taxes (that excludes the wealthy of course who do not) have no say in the affairs of state. The rape and pillage of America continues.
    Frederick Swinson
  • October 2, 2012

    October 2, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    Katherine Ramsey

    Katherine Ramsey
  • October 2, 2012

    I am writing in regard to how my company, M. J. Electric (MJE), would be negatively impacted by the ICC’s ruling on ComEd’s Formula Rate Case. MJE is a specialty electrical contractor that builds, maintains, and repairs high voltage electric utility infrastructure such as power lines and substations. Our office is located in Glen Ellyn and we operate an equipment maintenance shop in St. Charles.

    MJE is headquartered in Iron Mountain, Michigan. The company has multiple offices across the Midwest and Northeast to support customer relationships and construction activities. MJE established a Chicago Region office over 15 years ago to better support ComEd and their electrical construction opportunities. ComEd and MJE have had a business relationship that dates back to the early 90’s.

    Prior to the establishment of MJE’s physical presence in the Chicago area, the ComEd engagement and relationship was managed out of Iron Mountain, Michigan…utilizing Michigan employees and Michigan back-office support. MJE has traditionally been a travelling contractor and has grown over the past 50 years by performing projects across the United States but centrally managed out of Michigan. It was not until we were able to predict consistent workload opportunities from ComEd that MJE was willing to make the investment to establish roots in the local economy. Consequently, the downturn in ComEd construction activity in Y2009 & Y2010 caused MJE to reduce its professional staff by over 50%; additionally, MJE had to seriously re-evaluate the business case for maintaining a local presence via our Glen Ellyn office and St. Charles equipment shop. Since the passing of EIMA in Y2011, MJE has doubled its professional staff and tripled its field labor (IBEW workforce).

    EIMA contains provisions that directly benefit M. J. Electric via a more consistent and predictable stream of construction opportunities. MJE is thrilled that has shifted gears back into growth mode, and we began hiring professionals again quickly after EIMA was passed last year. Since passing of EIMA in Y2011, MJE has pumped tens of millions of dollars into the Illinois economy via payrolls, purchases, rents, and taxes. Additionally, MJE is a union contractor and utilizes the local IBEW labor force; MJE, along with the other electrical contractors have been able to bring many of the Local Unions’ members back to Illinois due to the promise of consistent workload. Many of the union craft we employ were previously working out of state as far as California and the Northeast because there was no work for them in Illinois. With the promise of steady work and reliable paychecks, these craftsmen have come back home to be with their families and work locally. This was a side-benefit of EIMA that most people are not aware of.

    These are the fundamental reasons that any actions that could impact the original intent and design of the Smart Grid and Infrastructure Modernization Act are of great concern to M. J. Electric and its employees. That is why we support ComEd’s position. I ask that you give this rehearing and its potential impact on local businesses and the Illinois economy careful consideration.

    Respectfully,
    -Matt Mikeska
    Vice President
    M. J. Electric

    Matt Mikeska
  • October 2, 2012

    Please reverse the May decision regarding the Smart Grid Program. Smart Grid is the future of electricity delivery and needs to be implemented ASAP.
    Reid Mackin
  • October 2, 2012

    The ICC ruling is in direct violation of SB 1652. This ruling must be reversed. If left unchanged, this ruling will have the effect of undoing the benefits promised by that legislation which some communities have only just begun to experience. ComEd must have a degree of revenue certainty to make the massive investments needed to transform our electric grid. This decision eliminates $500 million in funding over the next 4 years, and adds additional financial uncertainty.

    SB 1652 represented the kind of long-range planning needed to move forward with this plan. This short term view that the ICC has taken means the cancellation or postponement of planned system upgrades, loss of many jobs and delayed implementation of Smart meters and all the benefits they will bring.

    It is imperative that this decision be reversed!

    Mayor Jean McCue
  • October 2, 2012

    I appreciate the work that ComEd has performed in Calumet City to address reliability. On behalf of the City I would like to see the reliability improvements continue.
    Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush, Mayor
  • October 2, 2012

    October 2, 2012

    Illinois Commerce Commission
    527 East Capitol Avenue
    Springfield, IL 62701

    Dear Illinois Commerce Commission:

    The people of Illinois’ 22nd Legislative District resoundingly supported last year’s Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA). On their behalf, I want to express my concern that the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) is not giving effect to this legislation also referred to as the “Smart Grid” which was created and passed last year.

    With an eye toward the future and the need for economic growth, namely the immediate creation of jobs, the General Assembly passed EIMA last October with the indisputable intent of incentivizing investment in the State’s electricity infrastructure.

    Recognizing the state’s need to reduce and shorten power outages and attract investment to Illinois, the General Assembly granted utilities the right to recover the actual costs of their investment. In voting to override the governor’s veto, a measure I do not take without great deference, I did so with the belief that the “Return on Investment” or ROI, agreed to in the bill was the balance necessary for the legislation to accomplish its objectives.

    Respectfully, and as a member of the Senate Energy Committee that presided over this legislation, I am disappointed that the ICC, in its May 29th ruling, denied the recovery of costs authorized by EIMA on ComEd’s first formula rate case thus undermining the intent of the legislation. This, in my view, raises a constitutional question regarding the separation of powers as between the Executive and the Legislative.

    Placing this aside, stakeholders representing interests on every side of this legislation agreed that fostering an environment where the state provides greater regulatory clarity and predictability while allowing a fair return for the utilities’ commitment to deliver enhanced value to consumers was a worthwhile objective. In the face of all that came leading up to the passage of this legislation, the ICC’s May 29th rate order and recent Ameren decision have proven inconsistent with the General Assembly’s direction.

    Without a reversal of the ICC’s May 29th ruling, I am concerned that as our market for electricity becomes more integrated and the demand for electricity increases over time, we will not be making needed investments necessary to deliver better reliability and service to Illinois consumers. I am also concerned that as the state struggles with 8.9 percent unemployment, Illinois will not experience a much-needed, easily obtained, boost to our economy.

    In closing, the constitutional question regarding legislative intent notwithstanding, taking into account the positive impact this legislation will have on commerce in Illinois, I strongly urge the Commission to reverse its ruling of May 29th. I thank you in advance for your consideration and look forward to working with the Commission as we bring prosperity back to all of Illinois.

    Respectfully,
    Michael Noland
    State Senator (22nd District)

    State Senator Michael Noland (22nd District)
  • October 2, 2012

    I am an owner of an engineering firm in Illinois. For the past few months we have been working hard to develop the capacity and expertise to support the work that ComEd is doing pursuant to the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA). After Senate Bill 1652 was passed by the legislature in an override vote, many companies immediately began to recruit and train our staffs to support the important work of this program. We see the benefits of EIMA to be significant and broadly shared across the region. It is truly a win-win-win scenario. Improved reliability of the system is WIN for businesses (and attractive to businesses considering Illinois). Enhanced smartgrid technology that provides real time information is big WIN for consumers (consumers will likely see their costs drop as a result of smarter buying). Two thousand new jobs (along with training facilities to help prepare the workforce) is a huge WIN for all of us. I could go on.

    Now, just as significant progress is being made, the ICC issues a ruling that appears to be in direct conflict with the bill passed by the legislature and introduces the very thing the bill was supposed to eliminate….uncertainty. It is not only ComEd who is affected by this uncertainty, it also impacts firms like mine and hundreds of others. I believe that ruling has the potential to have a profound negative impact across the entire region. I strongly urge the ICC to reverse that ruling and allow the benefits of EIMA to be realized.

    Michael DeSantiago
  • October 2, 2012

    I support ComEd’s position regarding the Formula Rate Case. It is in line with the legislation and was overwhelmingly endorsed by the legislature in the recent referendum. Failure to approve the submitted Formula Rate has already caused some disruption in the important work being undertaken to improve the reliability of the electrical distribution system and to initiate efforts to install the smartgrid system. Denying the Formula Rate will cause significant delays as planned projects are stalled or cancelled. It will also cause hiring uncertainty in the many firms, including mine, that have worked hard to build capacity to meet the demands of the program.
    Michael DeSantiago
  • October 2, 2012

    I am an employee of Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Company and a resident of Hudson, Illinois. ComEd should be allowed to recover the actual costs of their investment in the EIMA legislation of last year. This project will increase jobs in Illinois and improve the efficiency of the utilities industry. I urge you to proceed with the legislation that was passed last October and reverse the May 29, 2012 ruling. Thank you.

    Todd Funk

    Todd Funk
  • October 2, 2012

    As Mayor of a small town in northern Illinois, I ofter hear from residents and businesses in our community about the importance of reliable power. The summer of 2011 underscored the need for a stronger, modernized power grid. ComEd has been very responsive and the investments it has made since then have made a positive impact in the way they responded to the storms this past summer.

    Much of this work has been undertaken as a direct result of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was passed last fall by a bypartisan majority in the General Assembly. It allowed ComEd to undertake a $2.6 billion investment program to modernize the electric grid and install smart grid technology. ComEd is investing over $139 million in infrastructure improvements this year alone.

    Unfortunately, recent actions by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) have put further investment at risk. A ruling in May substantially reduced the level of funds available for ComEd's planned investments. Although the ICC agreed to a rehearing, their ruling last week in a similar case for Ameren, ComEd's downstate counterpart, is a red flag that the ICC still doesn't intend to follow the intent and substance of the law. The utilities are unlikely to continue to invest in EIMA programs if the ICC prevents them from recovering the actual costs of their investments as the new law allows. That is bad news for municipalities across Illinois, who could see the promise of a modern, more reliable grid put on hold.

    Our communities are only beginning to see the benefits of EIMA, and there is much more work to be done. I urge the ICC to reverse it's decision and allow ComEd's program to be deployed as planned, so this critical work is not further delayed. Strengthened reliability is important to the health, safety and welfare of the towns we represent. We need to ensure that our communities have a responsive, reliable electric grid that is capable of meeting today's challenges.

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Eugene L. Siegel
    Village of Chicago Ridge


    Eugene L. Siegel
  • October 2, 2012

    We represent 2,500 businesses in Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, including over forty of Illinois' largest corporations. We are strong supporters of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) and are astonished that the Illinois Commerce Commission continues to try to impede ComEd's efforts to move forward with smart grid infrastructure.

    As if Illinois businesses don't have enough challenges, including contending with the impact of the state's budget crisis and managing the cost to do business in this tough economy, but now our state's businesses have to worry that this needed infrastructure project - already approved by the state legislature - will be delayed or disrupted thanks to the ICC's continued efforts to stop it. We can't understand why the ICC keeps opposing a plan that will strengthen our state's utilities and infrastructure system and save businesses and citizens significant dollars over time.

    We support ComEd in their work to put this critical infrastructure plan in place and implore the ICC to stop putting up unfair barriers, including financial barriers, that prevent ComEd from doing the job the state authorized it to do.

    Tracy Mulqueen, Presiden & CEO, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Corp.
  • October 2, 2012

    The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping area businesses grow, expand, and invest in our community's quality of life. Therefore, we were very pleased with ComEd’s plans to build a new training facility in Rockford following passage of the smart meter/smart grid legislation in Springfield last fall. The training center is a tangible symbol of investments being made in this community to train the next generation of utility workers, modernize the electric grid and improve reliability. So we are concerned by the signals being sent by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). If the pending rate ruling doesn't follow the intent and substance of the smart grid legislation, ComEd’s investments in this community are put at risk.

    We believe ComEd has asked that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with its programs in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. Without a consistent funding stream for infrastructure investments, they could be forced to delay or, worse yet, even cancel the investments that mean so much to the Rockford area, such as the new training center.

    Rockford businesses have benefited from the work made possible as a result of the smart grid bill. With unemployment still in the double digits, we can’t afford to jeopardize programs that are creating jobs. The infrastructure legislation can help get the Illinois economic engine moving again. We hope the ICC will rule in a manner that allows the smart meter/smart grid investments to continue at its present pace and help in growing Rockford’s economy.

    Very Truly Yours,

    Einar Karl Forsman
    President/CEO
    Rockford Chamber of Commerce

    Einar Karl Forsman
  • October 2, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state's economic infrastructure and moderization is NEEDED and should be funded for the benefit of the residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistant with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable cost associated with the program and running a business in exchange for the utility's commitment to provide greater reliability and performance.
    This important work will provide opportuntities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid mdernization effort, representing billions in annaul revenue and employing thousands of people.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistant with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Luptak
    The Okonite Company

    Jeff Luptak
  • October 2, 2012

    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Martin Dore
  • October 2, 2012

    As a resident of Bloomington, Illinois and an employee of a company that has expanded our operations since the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act was passed in October of 2011, I urge the Illinois Commerce Commission to reverse their May 29, 2012 ruling. My company, which has a facility in Bloomington, has also opened an additional office and warehouse in Chicago and added new personnel in anticipation of the Smart Grid project. The original legislation is good for our state and should be supported by anyone interested in the economic well-being of Illinois. Thank you.
    Art Mier
  • October 2, 2012



    As a member of the Illinois Senate, I want to express my concern at the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) inconsistency with the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was created and passed last year.

    The General Assembly enacted EIMA last October with the clear intent that electric utilities should invest in the State’s electricity infrastructure, reduce and shorten outages, create jobs, and attract investment to Illinois.

    In return, we granted utilities the right to recover the actual costs of investment. In doing so, I recognized that this balance was crucial in order for the legislation to accomplish its objectives.

    ?I do not believe the ICC maintained this important balance in its May 29th ruling, which denied the recovery of costs authorized by the EIMA on ComEd’s first formula rate case. The legislation sought to foster an environment where the state provides greater regulatory clarity and predictability in return for the utilities’ commitment to deliver enhanced value to consumers. But the ICC’s May 29th rate order and recent Ameren decision were inconsistent with the General Assembly’s direction, which undermines this burgeoning partnership less than a year into the program.

    Without a reversal of the ICC’s May 29th ruling, I am concerned that Illinois’ two largest utilities will not be able to make the infrastructure investments that will deliver better reliability and service to Illinois customers. I am also dismayed that the utilities will not be able to create the 2,000 jobs that the General Assembly promised, providing a much-needed boost to our economy as the state struggles with 8.9 percent unemployment.

    The ICC should recognize that this legislation will produce a solid return on investment for the State of Illinois for generations to come. I am urging the ICC to retain the integrity and vision of this legislation and reverse the May 29th ruling.


    Senator John Millner
  • October 2, 2012

    I support ComEd's actions in regards to this Tariff so that ComEd can help modernize it's system to better serve it's customer base.
    Will Watkins
  • October 2, 2012

    October 2, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so I was dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express my concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, I/we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. Our company has added manufacturing positions as well as many of our Illinois based suppliers, to supply ComEd products necessary for upgrading their electrical infrastructure. It represents a chance for our company and other Illinois based companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and we are committed to providing the products, built right here in Illinois, necessary for this work.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,
    Chuck Steinmetz
    Chuck Steinmetz
    Vice President, G&W Electric Company
    Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440

    Charles Steinmetz
  • October 2, 2012

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so I was dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express my concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation and more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.

    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As a business person, I understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.

    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.

    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so am I.

    I urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    Brian Casey
    Vice President
    Dashiell

    Brian Casey
  • October 1, 2012

    To Whom it May Concern:

    Like mayors, managers and presidents of towns across northern Illinois, I often hear from residents and businesses about the importance of reliable power. The summer of 2011 clearly articulated the need for a stronger, modernized power grid.

    Since that time, Northbrook has worked with Commonwealth Edison to address the problematic issue of electrical reliability in Northbrook. This year alone, ComEd has replaced over 10,000 feet of overhead cable with new “Hendrix” overhead cable which is less susceptible to outages; improved automation and power source redundancy on three feeders in and around the Central Business District of Downtown Northbrook; and ComEd has and will continue to replace old underground cable. We have urged them, and ComEd has agreed, to have bi-annual meetings with the Village to review outage history and future improvements.

    ComEd has been very responsive and the investments it has made since then have made a positive impact in the way they responded to the storms this past summer. That’s progress.

    Unfortunately, recent actions by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) have put further investment in Northbrook and elsewhere at risk. A ruling in May substantially reduced the level of funds available to deploy the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA). Although the ICC agreed to a rehearing, their ruling last week in a similar case for Ameren, ComEd’s downstate counterpart, is a red flag that the ICC still doesn’t intend to follow the intent and substance of the law. That is bad news for municipalities across Illinois, who could see the promise of a modern, more reliable grid put on hold. That’s regression.

    Our communities are only beginning to see the benefits of an improved network and there is much more work to be done. The reliability of electrical power plays an integral role in the health, safety and welfare of all communities, and our residents and businesses expect that their power supply be reliable. Give ComEd the chance to deliver on its promises, and certainly, hold them accountable, as we have here in Northbrook.

    Sincerely,
    Sandra E. Frum
    President, Village of Northbrook

    Sandra E. Frum, President
  • October 1, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    As president of Enviroplus, Inc., a small, disadvantaged, minority business enterprise, I am writing to once again express our support for the Smart Grid Legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

    At that time, the General Assembly considered this legislation critical for our State’s economic infrastructure. So far, the Smart Grid Legislation has already provided work for many Illinois companies. As a Com-Ed contractor for the last 15 year, we have first hand knowledge of the inefficient equipment in place and the potential problems and hazards associated with this outdated system. Enviroplus, Inc. supports ComEd and Exleon in asking the Commission to reverse their decision from last May. We request that the ICC allow the Smart Grid Legislation to continue in its goal of making the State of Illinois more efficient and competitive through its numerous benefits of job creation and stability, environmental improvements, fewer interruptions in service across the State and long term customer savings.

    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the approval of the Smart Grid Law. Thank you for the opportunity to voice our personal and professional opinion.

    Sincerely,
    Salvador Garcia Jr.
    President - Enviroplus, Inc.

    Salvador Garcia Jr.
  • October 1, 2012

    As a member of the Illinois Senate, I want to express my concern at the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) inconsistency with the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was created and passed last year.

    The General Assembly enacted EIMA last October with the clear intent that electric utilities should invest in the State’s electricity infrastructure, reduce and shorten outages, create jobs, and attract investment to Illinois.

    In return, we granted utilities the right to recover the actual costs of investment. In doing so, I recognized that this balance was crucial in order for the legislation to accomplish its objectives.

    I do not believe the ICC maintained this important balance in its May 29th ruling, which denied the recovery of costs authorized by the EIMA on ComEd’s first formula rate case. The legislation sought to foster an environment where the state provides greater regulatory clarity and predictability in return for the utilities’ commitment to deliver enhanced value to consumers. But the ICC’s May 29th rate order and recent Ameren decision were inconsistent with the General Assembly’s direction, which undermines this burgeoning partnership less than a year into the program.

    Without a reversal of the ICC’s May 29th ruling, I am concerned that Illinois’ two largest utilities will not be able to make the infrastructure investments that will deliver better reliability and service to Illinois customers. I am also dismayed that the utilities will not be able to create the 2,000 jobs that the General Assembly promised, providing a much-needed boost to our economy as the state struggles with 8.9 percent unemployment.

    The ICC should recognize that this legislation will produce a solid return on investment for the State of Illinois for generations to come. I am urging the ICC to retain the integrity and vision of this legislation and reverse the May 29th ruling.

    Senator William Delgado, 2nd Legislative District
  • October 1, 2012

    Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer
    City of Prospect Heights
    8 N. Elmhurst Road
    Prospect Heights, IL 60070

    September 24, 2012


    Dear editor:

    Like mayors, managers and presidents of towns across northern Illinois, I often hear from residents and businesses about the importance of reliable power. The summer of 2011 underscored the need for a stronger, modernized power grid. ComEd has been very responsive and the investments it has made since then have made a positive impact in the way they responded to the storms this past summer. That’s progress.

    Much of this work has been undertaken as a direct result of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was passed last fall by a bipartisan majority in the General Assembly. It allowed ComEd to undertake a $2.6 billion investment program to modernize the electric grid and install smart grid technology. ComEd is investing over $139 million in infrastructure improvements this year alone.

    Unfortunately, recent actions by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) have put further investment at risk. A ruling in May substantially reduced the level of funds available to deploy this program by about $500 million in the first four years. Although the ICC agreed to a rehearing, their ruling last week in a similar case for Ameren, ComEd’s downstate counterpart, is a red flag that the ICC still doesn’t intend to follow the intent and substance of the law. The utilities are unlikely to continue to invest in EIMA programs if the ICC prevents them from recovering the actual costs of their investments as the new law allows. That is bad news for municipalities across Illinois, who could see the promise of a modern, more reliable grid put on hold.

    Our communities are only beginning to see the benefits of EIMA, and there is much more work to be done. We are eager to see ComEd’s program deployed as planned, so this work is not further delayed. The reliability of electrical power plays an increasingly important role in the health, safety and welfare of all communities. ComEd did the right thing to pursue this legislation. The ICC should do the right thing and implement the legislation that was passed last year. Give ComEd the chance to deliver on its promises, and hold them accountable.

    Sincerely,

    Nicholas J. Helmer, Mayor

    Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer
  • October 1, 2012

    As a member of the Illinois Senate, I want to express my concern at the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) inconsistency with the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was created and passed last year.
    The General Assembly enacted EIMA last October with the clear intent that electric utilities should invest in the State’s electricity infrastructure, reduce and shorten outages, create jobs, and attract investment to Illinois.
    In return, we granted utilities the right to recover the actual costs of investment. In doing so, I recognized that this balance was crucial in order for the legislation to accomplish its objectives.
    ?I do not believe the ICC maintained this important balance in its May 29th ruling, which denied the recovery of costs authorized by the EIMA on ComEd’s first formula rate case. The legislation sought to foster an environment where the state provides greater regulatory clarity and predictability in return for the utilities’ commitment to deliver enhanced value to consumers. But the ICC’s May 29th rate order and recent Ameren decision were inconsistent with the General Assembly’s direction, which undermines this burgeoning partnership less than a year into the program.
    Without a reversal of the ICC’s May 29th ruling, I am concerned that Illinois’ two largest utilities will not be able to make the infrastructure investments that will deliver better reliability and service to Illinois customers. I am also dismayed that the utilities will not be able to create the 2,000 jobs that the General Assembly promised, providing a much-needed boost to our economy as the state struggles with 8.9 percent unemployment.
    The ICC should recognize that this legislation will produce a solid return on investment for the State of Illinois for generations to come. I am urging the ICC to retain the integrity and vision of this legislation and reverse the May 29th ruling.
    Thank you.

    Senator Thomas L. Johnson
  • October 1, 2012

    As a member of the Illinois Senate, I want to express my concern at the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) inconsistency with the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), which was created and passed last year.
    The General Assembly enacted EIMA last October with the clear intent that electric utilities should invest in the State’s electricity infrastructure, reduce and shorten outages, create jobs, and attract investment to Illinois.
    In return, we granted utilities the right to recover the actual costs of investment. In doing so, I recognized that this balance was crucial in order for the legislation to accomplish its objectives.
    ?I do not believe the ICC maintained this important balance in its May 29th ruling, which denied the recovery of costs authorized by the EIMA on ComEd’s first formula rate case. The legislation sought to foster an environment where the state provides greater regulatory clarity and predictability in return for the utilities’ commitment to deliver enhanced value to consumers. But the ICC’s May 29th rate order and recent Ameren decision were inconsistent with the General Assembly’s direction, which undermines this burgeoning partnership less than a year into the program.
    Without a reversal of the ICC’s May 29th ruling, I am concerned that Illinois’ two largest utilities will not be able to make the infrastructure investments that will deliver better reliability and service to Illinois customers. I am also dismayed that the utilities will not be able to create the 2,000 jobs that the General Assembly promised, providing a much-needed boost to our economy as the state struggles with 8.9 percent unemployment. A bad decision will result in more lay-offs and greater unemployment. This has already delayed the planning due to the uncertainty of recouping the cost of the construction work. A delay in the work, which results in layoffs, allows skilled workers to leave Illinois to go to other states where work is booming, then they will not return if/when this gets straightened out, so, the work will not get done “later”. Additionally, I am concerned that customers will suffer, especially where the “storm hardening” was scheduled to take place.
    The ICC should recognize that this legislation will produce a solid return on investment for the State of Illinois for generations to come. I am urging the ICC to retain the integrity and vision of this legislation and reverse the May 29th ruling.

    State Senator Linda Holmes
  • October 1, 2012

    I am the president of TransLumen Technologies, LLC, a Chicago based Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) visual technology company with 3 patents that drive our product and service offerings. TransLumen is an example of a small Illinois company that is benefiting from being a vendor to ComEd in its Smart Grid initiatives. We are working as a partner with ComEd on smart grid dashboards to advance operator visualization tools which is the long-term break we have needed to ride a consistent wave of revenue growth and ideally, significant job creation in Chicago. Historically, we have worked in the defense and homeland security industries and aerospace companies and were awarded an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant when Jack Lavin served as director. Illinois can and should be a hot-bed of opportunity for companies like TransLumen. But, to do that, we need the support of our state government, most specifically, allowing ComEd to recover costs associated with modernizing the electric grid which is a critical component in ensuring that Illinois’ infrastructure is stable and capable of handling industrial and commercial growth.
    Carol Sherman
  • October 1, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so I was dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express my concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.

    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. It is my understanding ComEd is only asking that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers, Like Walsh Landscape Restoration, Inc.

    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.

    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so am I.
    I urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    John R. Walsh,
    Walsh Landscape Restoration, Inc.

    John R. Walsh
  • October 1, 2012

    Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Company supports ComEd and Exleon in asking the Commission to reverse their decisions from last May. ComEd's electrical system infrastructure investment plan improves utility service delivery and brings needed job growth to our community. Thank you.
    David Shall, Executive Vice President, Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Co.
  • October 1, 2012

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.

    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.

    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again. Lindblad Construction Company of Joliet, Inc. currently has over 40 union craftsmen working on ComEd sites in the Chicago area. Without these construction projects our workers would not be employed and would not be able to support their families.

    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    Lindblad Construction
    Company of Joliet, Inc.

    T. J. Lind
    President

    Thomas Lind
  • October 1, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,
    PSC Industrial Outsourcing
    1300 Landmeier Road, Elk Grove Village IL.

    Thomas McDonald
  • October 1, 2012

    October 2, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    Meade is a large infrastructure contractor working for many electric and gas utilities including ComEd. We employ thousands of tradespeople in our work. We have been working on many of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) initiatives for ComEd in Chicago and northern Illinois since the law was passed.

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled recently against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies, including ours, and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd has asked that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers in terms of reliability and shorter restoration times, as well as employers like us who will have to lay off hundreds of workers if the rate order is not approved .
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for us and other companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. My company, Meade, has hired hundreds of new workers to work on the improved electric infrastructure Illinois needs to be competitive with other nearby states and to attract and retain business in Illinois. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.
    Sincerely,

    Frank J. Lizzadro
    President and CEO
    Meade Electric Company

    Frank J Lizzadro
  • October 1, 2012

    September 30, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,
    John Pederson
    G&W Electric Company
    VP Engineering

    John Pederson
  • October 1, 2012

    I am CEO of Ringland Johnson Construction Co. We, along with our subcontractors employ 55 men and women at the Training Center project in Rockford. the jobs exist due to the Act being passed for improving the grid and infrastructure. Should the Appeal be denied, there is a strong possibility the project could be halted. The jobs would be lost. Our state, city by city, needs this investment both to improve our power reliability and to create jobs!
    Brent B Johnson
  • October 1, 2012

    September 28, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.

    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.

    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.

    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.

    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,
    Donald R. Martin
    G&W Electric Company

    Donald Martin
  • October 1, 2012

    September 28, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.

    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.

    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.

    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.

    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    John J. Saksa
    Vice President of Finance
    G&W Electric Company

    John Saksa
  • October 1, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    Michael LaBianco
    G&W Electric Co

    Michael LaBianco
  • October 1, 2012

    October 2, 2012
    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:
    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.
    Sincerely,
    John H. Mueller
    Chairman & CEO
    G&W Electric Co.

    John H. Mueller
  • October 1, 2012

    I am asking that the ICC allow the full funding associated with the implementation of the EIMA legislation as designed and approved by the State of Illinois. These projects are imperative for our municipality. THank you for your consideration of this matter.
    Mayor Nina Epstein
  • October 1, 2012

    October 2, 2012

    Dear Chairman and Commissioners:

    The Illinois Commerce Commission made the right call this summer when it agreed to grant ComEd a rehearing on key issues that could derail the smart grid legislation passed last year, so we were dismayed when it ruled last week against Ameren on similar issues. I write this letter to express our concern at the signals the ICC is sending, both for their seeming disregard of the intent of the legislation, and, more importantly, for the negative impact their decision could have on numerous Illinois companies and the state’s economy.
    The General Assembly said the power grid is a critical piece of the state’s economic infrastructure and modernization is needed and should be funded for the benefit of residents in the state. ComEd only asks that the ICC rule in a manner consistent with the legislation, which allows ComEd to recover the reasonable costs associated with the program and running business in exchange for the utility’s commitment to provide greater reliability and performance. As business people, we understand and agree with their reasoning. Without the ability to recover costs, it should come as no surprise that the utility company may now have to cancel investments that mean a great deal to customers, as well as employers.
    So far this year, this important work is providing opportunities for many Illinois companies across the entire spectrum of the electric grid modernization effort, representing billions in annual revenue and employing thousands of people. It represents a chance for our companies to grow and hire more Illinois workers. It is a chance for us to make a significant contribution to the urgently needed task of getting the Illinois economic engine moving again.
    ComEd is committed to doing the work needed to deliver these benefits, and so are we.
    We urge the ICC to reach a decision that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the Smart Grid law.

    Sincerely,

    James F. Solari
    President
    G&W Electric Company

    James Solari
  • October 1, 2012

    To All:

    My name is George Williams and I am the CEO of PMI Energy Solutions, LLC. We are a minority owned electrical construction and maintenance contracting company currently performing overhead and underground electrical construction and maintenance contracting work for ComEd as a result of the Energy Infrastructure & Modernization Act.

    We are gravely concerned about the possibility of our work with ComEd terminating if the May 29th ruling by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) were to stand. We have many well-paying union and professional jobs at stake. This is not something that we or the state of Illinois can afford at this time. We ask your support in passing IL House in overturning the May 29th ruling. It is the right thing for the state of Illinois!

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    George

    George A. Williams
  • October 1, 2012

    I strongly urge the ICC to reverse its earlier ruling which is in direct violation of SB 1652. This new ruling will undo much needed benefits promised by passage of SB1652.

    SB1652 received overwhelming support because it was viewed as well written legislation. It is reasonable to allow ComEd a degree of revenue certainty when making the massive investments needed to transform our electric grid. This new decision adds financial uncertainty by eliminating $500 million in funding over the next 4 years.

    The long-range planning demonstrated by SB1652 is needed to move forward with this plan. Recent decisions by the ICC reflect a short term view which will likely result in the cancellation or postponement of planned system upgrades. Illinois residents stand to lose as many as 2,000 jobs as well as the delayed implementation of Smart meters and all the benefits they will bring.

    Maria Rodriguez
  • October 1, 2012

    It is essential to the long term stability of the grid to allow ComEd the resorces to upgrade and modernize their infastructure. The cost of these improvements do need to be paid by those individuals connected to the grid. A regulated utility is captive to a rate structure set by the reguators. We need to improve the grid to prevent the outages we experienced the summer of 2012 and only by massive system improvements will we realize this. I support the rate increase and the improvements that go along with them.
    Kerry Durkin
  • October 1, 2012

    The ICC must reverse its earlier ruling which is in direct violation of SB 1652. If left unchanged, this ruling will have the effect of undoing the benefits promised by that legislation which our communities have only just begun to experience. ComEd must have a degree of revenue certainty to make the massive investments needed to transform our electric grid. This decision eliminates $500 million in funding over the next 4 years, and adds additional, financial uncertainty.

    SB 1652 represented the kind of long-range planning needed to move forward with this plan. The ICC continues to take a short term view. This type of approach means the cancellation or postponement of planned system upgrades, the loss of as many as 2,000 jobs and the delayed implementation of Smart meters and all the benefits they will bring.

    Response from Lake County Municipal League

    Christine Gentes
  • October 1, 2012

    I believe that the infrastructure maintenance law should be upheld to allow ComEd to move forward with bringing our grid system into the 21st century. By eliminating this portion of the law, it will have a detrimental effect on the State's ability to attract major manufacturing job opportunities for the citizens of Illinois due to manufacturing's dependency on reliable energy sources.
    Richard P Kopczick
  • October 1, 2012

    The continuous improvement and reinvestment in our infrasturture is critical to the continued economic success of Illinois and our nation. This benefits every resident through more efficient power long term. Equally important is the opportunity to create jobs through the EIMA for companies like us, more than willing to invest and grow in Illinois.

    Please consider making a decision consistant with the smart grid law and view expressed by the General Assembly for the betterment of Illinois.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely
    Spero W. Valavanis, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Design Organization Inc.

    Spero W. Valavanis, AIA, LEED AP; Princiapl Design Organization Inc.
  • October 1, 2012

    On behalf of the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Lee County Industrial Development Association, both of which I am President and CEO, I would like to comment upon this petition (11-0721) for rehearing of Commonwealth Edison rates before the Commerce Commision and regarding what is commonly known as Smart Grid legislation as passed in late 2011 by the Illinois General Assembly (SB-1652 and HB-3036).

    In that legislation and as subsequently reflected in House Resolution 1157 regarding the matter, we believe that the petition for implementing ComEd's rate recovery mechanisms being considered before the Commerce Commission should be found in favor of ComEd. We further believe as expressed in HR-1157 that there is clear legislative intent that the cost recovery mechanisms in favor of ComEd were and are clearly the intent of the General Assembly and should be viewed by the Commerce Commission as a statutory directive to be followed when deciding this petition for rehearing.

    We have always supported the concepts as reflected in the legislation that modernization of our electric infrastructure is beneficial to Illinois and all customers of ComEd and other participating utilities. We believe that unless we have a modern technologically advanced grid and supporting amenities, we will be risking our economic and competitive future in Illinois. We also believe it to be the responsibility of customers to bear their fair share of the costs of such improvements and that the provisions for cost sharing were duly considered and set forth clearly in the legislation and as related to this matter restated in HR-1157. We therefore urge the Commerce Commission to act favorably upon ComEd's request so the process may continue. We understand that modernization cannot move forward with a negative ruling and have great concerns that many jobs will be lost and untold economic damage will result in the long run from any ruling that restricts the prescribed ability for ComEd to recover its costs for Smart Grid.

    Thanks for your consideration of our opinions.

    John R. Thompson
  • October 1, 2012

    The Board of Directors of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, with a membership of some 1,200 businesses, strongly supported the legislation passed earlier relative to funding for the Smart Grid in Com Ed territory in Illinois. We still strongly support that position.

    As President & CEO of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of Com Ed's plan to update its grid - and the benefit economically that infrastructure upgrade will have for both business and residents of Illinois. It is a key factor in our state's economic development going forward - and Illinois needs all the help it can muster in this area.

    Our Board requests that the ICC reverse your current position relative to 11-0721 in regard to Com Ed factors of pension, cost of recovery and size of investment, and adhere to the legislation as passed earlier by the Illinois General Assembly.

    Your early and favorable attention to this request will be appreciated. Further delay will be an advantage to no one.

    Russ Slinkard
  • October 1, 2012

    Please provide the reason you have chosen to ignore the passing of SB1652 which I as Mayor of the Village of Hainesville supported. 2000 new jobs will be going away along with a lot of hard work and effort to get long term planning underway and easier power loss resolutions.

    Respectfully,

    Mayor Linda Soto
    Village of Hainesville

    Mayor Linda Soto
  • October 1, 2012

    I supported SB 1652 for several reasons but mostly for the impact it will have on the reliability of electric service to our residents. A business will not invest in updating their equipment if they cannot show they will get a return on investment (ROI). This legislation was supposed to guarantee a ROI through rates and the residents will get little increased costs with a reduction of KWH used due to the improvements. It is a win-win for us all. It will also create 2,000 jobs to accomplish the goals, which Illinois desperately needs. Please follow SB 1652 and set the rates accordingly. Illinois cannot afford to wait for an improved grid and smart meters. Please keep this in mind as you consider reversing your earlier decision.
    Mayor Richard H. Hill
  • May 30, 2012

    I am writing to encourage you to oppose rate hikes by Com Ed for residents who will not be able to reduce their usage because of the "smart grid". My research reveals that those like myself and my neighbors in the north suburbs of Chicago will not have the "smart grid" until 2019. With the current economic situation, a rate hike in order for a large corporation to earn greater profits doesn't seem in the best interest of the citizens of Illinois. I hope your decision will be to oppose these rate hikes. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
    Howard Axe
  • May 24, 2012

    Com Ed rate increases related to the smart grid should be rolled in just as the smart grid is being rolled in. It is not fair for the north suburban residents to pay increased rates with no benefit for many year.s
    Joanne Johnson
  • May 22, 2012

    No smart meters, costly!!!!
    michelle
  • May 22, 2012

    I'm against Com Ed being able to increase the rates we pay for electricity now when we will not see any benefits for many years in the future. Com Ed is a public company. The company should be paying for its investment in the future.
    George
  • May 22, 2012

    Oppose the raising of rates!
    Maria Reichert
  • May 22, 2012

    Do not raise rates prematurely for improvements that will not be accessible to my area for several years. It is the equivalent of paying something for nothing.

    There has to be a more responsible and fair way to implement the needed upgrades.

    Carole Einhorn
  • May 22, 2012

    I strongly oppose this increase by ComEd. This increase is supposed to be tied to the "Smart Grid" system, allowing residents to take advantage of this new system and, theoretically, lower our electric rates. Since the "Smart Grid" won't be operational until 2019, how are these rate increases supposed to save the consumer money in reduced rates, if ComEd now is increasing rates? How about a quid pro quo for the consumer, not require the consumer to pay for upgrades to a diminished or ineffective system caused by ineffective management, inappropriately high executive bonuses, and poor maintenance of their existing system.
    Paul Lucia
  • May 22, 2012

    Please stop corrupt legislation and raising your rates. In these hard times why would you be so inhumane? Or has capitalism/corporate greed has truly taken over our society and democracy was just a mirage.
    jason foster
  • May 8, 2012

    I am against an increase in my electrical rates as well as the Smart Grids. As I have to keep within my budget I feel you should too. Smart Grids are not needed--I meter my own usage and keep within my budget and am well satisfied with my present electric meter.
    Eleanor Mroz
  • May 7, 2012

    I support continuing the RRTP program in Illinois as well as our renewable energy purchase programs. I have been in the RRTP program since 2004 and found it to be a good workable program which makes sense and has also saved my family money.

    I would also like to see our State electric utilities be required to offer an Illinois renewable energy credit purchase option on their monthly bills. This would have the multifold effect of funneling monies to our rural land owners, improving the environment, and more intensively recycling energy monies within our local economies thereby improving our State's overall economic wealth.

    Tim Fossa
  • May 7, 2012

    Com Ed is already too high. They need to cut executive pay and perks!
    rtlett
  • May 7, 2012

    We do NOT want Smart Meters put on our homes without our consent.

    There is too much evidence of misuse of power and increase in rates. About 50 communities in CA are refusing to install and reversing installations. In other states(such as MI, ME, and CT), they are passing laws to make it illegal to install the "smart meters". One must ask the obvious...WHY?? Ther are too many health risks, abuse of power risks, and potential hacking risks -

    TOO MANY RISKS.

    Carolina
  • April 20, 2012

    I support CUB efforts to win a $117 million rate decrease for ComEd customers. Our electric bills are quite high already and our household budget is stretched to the limit.

    ComEd's parent company earned $2.5 billion in profits last year while many seniors like us, hard working families and people on fixed incomes are struggling to make ends meet. The company can easily afford to reduce our rates.

    CUB's evidence clearly shows that ComEd's rates are too high and should be cut by $ll7 million. Please do the right thing and reduce my electric bill.

    Jack & Patsy Kernan
  • March 29, 2012

    AS AN ILLINOIS RESIDENT, I STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY PRICE INCREASES FROM COM ED. THEY ALREADY CHARGE ILLINOIS CONSUMERS ABOVE & BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR ELECTRICITY SERVICES. THE ICC ALLOWS THEM TO CHARGE ILLINOIS CONSUMERS WHATEVER THEY WANT, AND THEY GET AWAY WITH IT !! I WROTE THE ICC TO OPPOSE LINE ITEM CHARGES ON MY COMED ELECTRIC BILL & THEY BRUSHED ME OFF WITH A FORM LETTER, AND DID NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
    ANNA D. MIKIEWICZ
  • February 15, 2012

    I am opposed to the massive subsidization of wind energy through hidden fees on my electric bill to pay for transmission lines to support this economically unfeasible, unreliable, NON-BASELOAD form of energy. The Transmission Delivery Fees on my power bill amount to a hidden tax. Because forty percent of all business costs are related to their power usage, it is yet a bigger hit on our economy and will only serve to continue dragging down our entire economy. Illinois is currently powered by roughly 50% nuclear and 45% coal. Yet worthless renewables such as wind receive a lionshare of our federal, state and local subsidies for giving us virtually no usable power while burdening low-income families and successful businesses who actually produce jobs and economic growth with unsustainably high power bills. Stop the madness. Stop denying Illinois a postive manufacturing and business climate by propping up worthless industries such as wind and solar. Stop stealing my hard-earned tax dollars to give to unscrupulous companies such as GE who pay no taxes while raking in millions of subsidies paid for on the backs of hard-working Americans.
    Kim Schertz
  • January 18, 2012

    I FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE ICC AND IT APPEARS I DID NOT GET AN INVESTIGATION BUT A DEFENSE TO ALLOW COMED TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT. THE PRESENTED EVIDENCE WAS NOT TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AS IT SHOULD HAVE SHOWN INTENTIONAL PRACTICE TO DEFRAUD THE CONSUMER. THIS IS NOT A NEW TACTIC AS HISTORY WILL SHOW MISCONDUCT, AND OUT AND OUT LYING TO THE PUBLIC. IT WOULD APPLY THAT THE ICC IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COMED. I PLAN TO FILE A FORMAL COMPLAINT AND GIVE ALL THE DOCUMENTATION TO THE DAILY HERALD.
    RICHARD FOWLER
  • December 5, 2011

    I believe you need to be very cautious on increasing ComEd Rates to invest in new technology. Utilities are the only business when they don't have to take risks when investing and receiving specified returns. The non-utilities have to invest and hope their investment pays-off. ComED needs to bear the risk of a good or poor investment.

    I am on the real time pricing plan and would encourage most residents to be on that plan. Electric rates are low and with the advent of all the windmill's there is basically enough supply to hold down the rates. On the real time pricing plan it allows the customer to realize the benefit of the excess supply. On the fixed rate plan, ComEd receives all the benefit. Keep the real-time pricing plan.

    Todd Loid
  • November 22, 2011

    I am a retiree on a fixed income and I know comEd made a very high profit last year. why would they now want more and customers cannot afford it. I object to any increase.
  • November 22, 2011

    They need to use profits to re invest in the company to make improvements. They are paying their stock holders with the billions they make in profits but can not provide service to their customers. I have been in the same house for 35 years and had 5 outages this year. why should I pay the company should pay greed in america must be stopped.
  • November 16, 2011

    I am against the rate increase
  • November 16, 2011

    I am against any rate hike for Comed. I am retired and on fixed income and cannot afford it. they are making plenty of money and do not need a rate hike. also, I do not like the Smart Meter program either.
  • November 16, 2011

    I am opposed to any rate hike for ComEd. I am a senior citizen and cannot keep paying more and more for electric and am very opposed. they make plenty of money.
  • November 15, 2011

    I SAY NO TO A RATE INCREASE FOR COMMONWEALTH EDISON.
  • November 15, 2011

    I AM A SENIOR. I AM ALREADY STRUGGLING TO PAY THE UTILITY BILLS. I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR COMMONWEALTH EDISON.
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