Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions, Utilities - August 11, 2023
ComEd Accelerates Adoption of EVs in Illinois
ComEd partnered with regional and municipal leaders to unveil its latest programs designed to accelerate the adoption of electrified technologies, including electric vehicles (EVs), in northern Illinois.
The utility company allocated $231 million into new customer programs geared toward removing barriers to electrification.
ComEd also announced a new EV Charging Delivery Rate option to incentivize the buildout of an expanded network of EV charging infrastructure to meet the needs of the northern Illinois region. The new rate option is available to all nonresidential customers with EV charging and provides them with a cost-effective alternative to demand-based delivery rates.
In addition, ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) announced the expansion of a program helping local governments shape plans for EV adoption. The EV Readiness program added 15 new communities to work together to develop policies and programs to safely integrate EVs and EV charging programs in their communities.
“ComEd is committed to helping more residential and business customers transition to zero emissions technologies needed to build a cleaner, more resilient future for all,” said ComEd CEO Gil C. Quiniones in a statement. “Working in collaboration with state, municipal and regional partners, ComEd is offering new programs to help remove barriers to going electric at home, on the road and at work — with a special focus on underserved communities that have been hit hardest by carbon emissions.”
ComEd’s new investments in electrification are projected to lower GHG emissions by over 400,000 metric tons over the life of the plan.
Additional customer programs to incentivize and accelerate the adoption of EVs and other electrified technologies will be rolled out in coming months as part of ComEd’s three-year, $231 million investment. These programs, which include new rebates, make-ready infrastructure support, and pilot studies, are designed to support a transition to cleaner technologies and were informed by feedback gathered last year from hundreds of participants representing communities, health advocacy, industry, local business, school districts and other customer groups across the service region.