Win-Win: Chicago Suburb Saves Energy, Earns Prize

July 29, 2010

And the winner of the ComEd Community Energy Challenge is — drum roll, please — the Village of Schaumburg!

The yearlong ComEd conservation contest is part of a pilot program designed to help towns in the ComEd service territory save energy.

Nine municipalities participated in the challenge, which ended May 31.

Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts received energy-efficient lighting and saved energy.

Together, they saved more than 34.9 million kilowatt hours of energy, the equivalent to the amount of energy used by 2,000 homes in a year.

Schaumburg saved the most energy; approximately 6.8 million kilowatt hours. Its prize: $100,000.

The other eight municipalities that participated were Aurora, Carol Stream, Elgin, Evanston, Hoffman Estates, Oak Park, Orland Park and Wilmette.

The nine villages also combined to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25,541 metric tons, which is the same as taking 4,669 cars off the road for a year.

ComEd and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provided a $3.65 million energy efficiency reserve and offered grants to residents and businesses for energy-efficient improvements.

The Village of Schaumburg performed free energy audits, installed efficient lighting, added motion sensor lights, reduced the amount of bulbs that were on at a time, upgraded its computer equipment at its municipal buildings and improved the efficiency of its streetlights and traffic signals.

Schaumburg’s schools participated in a water conservation challenge. That, along with fire station efficiency upgrades helped the Village save almost 900,000 gallons of water.

“ComEd congratulates the Village of Schaumburg and thanks all participating municipalities for demonstrating such an outstanding commitment to sustainability,” said Val R. Jensen, vice president, Marketing and Environmental Programs, ComEd. “We were extremely pleased with the creativity and enthusiasm shown by our community partners, and look forward to finding more ways to work with communities to deliver the benefits of energy efficiency to our customers.”

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