What Powers ComEd: Our People and Our 2030 VisionMarch 2, 2023
It has now been a little over a year since I moved to Chicago to join ComEd in November 2021. That means I have officially made it through two Chicago winters. In my time as the electric company’s CEO, I have checked off many Chicagoans’ ‘must dos,’ including attending both a Cubs game and a Sox game!
I can honestly say the most meaningful part of my time here has been getting to know the 6,300 people who power ComEd and the communities we serve across northern Illinois. In my first year, I made it a priority to visit each of our offices – more than 40 locations across our 11,000-square-mile service territory. During my visits, I joined our lineworkers in the field and even accompanied some employees to their favorite neighborhood spots. Through these experiences, I learned what makes every community special while getting to know the people that make ComEd an extraordinary place. One thing is for sure: No matter their role, our employees are proud to serve 9 million people in northern Illinois and their work proves it.
Last year was a year like no other, and our record-breaking 2022 performance tells the story. One of our proudest achievements was delivering best-in-class service and value by providing the best reliability in our company’s history while maintaining one of the lowest average monthly customer bills in the nation.
But now that we are fully into 2023, we are laser-focused on where we are headed. We are committed to advancing a low-carbon energy future that benefits ALL of our customers. ComEd 2030 is our new vision for how we are making investments in our infrastructure and customer programs to advance critical policy goals, including the goals of the landmark Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), which aims to decarbonize the state’s power sector by 2045.
Most importantly, we are committed to making sure the benefits of the digital and decarbonized energy future flow equitably to communities with the greatest need. Because we are a company that serves everyone, we have a very special focus on community well-being, justice and opportunity for all.
We have plans to ensure that the electric grid remains reliable and resilient for families and businesses in northern Illinois as climate change results in more severe weather events. We’ve proposed necessary investments to deliver the resilient 24/7 power our customers depend on, prepare the grid for new fleets of electric vehicles and electrification, integrate more solar panels, wind power and battery storage, and equitably advance a decarbonized energy future.
In addition to supporting the goals of CEJA, our plans will create good-paying local jobs and drive investment to help ensure all communities – especially those that are under-resourced – benefit from the clean energy transition.
It will take all 6,300 of us at ComEd to make this vision a reality, and we are all up for the job! We hope you will support us and follow our progress on ComEd.com/ComEd2030. I also invite you to ask us questions and participate in the conversation by following us @ComEd on all social media handles and my Twitter handle @GQEnergy.