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ComEd ofrece ayuda para pagar facturas

ComEd ofrece ayuda

Ante los desafíos financieros que enfrentan las familias debido a la pandemia del Covid-19, que está cumpliendo un año, ComEd insta a sus clientes con saldos vencidos a llamar a la empresa para informarse sobre la asistencia disponible para el pago de facturas.

El año pasado, ComEd aumentó sus opciones de ayuda, brindando opciones a los clientes con un récord de más de $70 millones en asistencia financiera y apoyando a más de un cuarto de millón con subvenciones, dijo la empresa en un comunicado.

Este año, ComEd alienta a los clientes a que se comuniquen con la compañía de energía de inmediato para ver si son elegibles para recibir millones de dólares más en asistencia.
También hay opciones de pago extendidas para ayudar a los clientes con sus saldos vencidos.

“Durante el año pasado, la pandemia creó dificultades financieras increíbles para muchos de nuestros clientes, algunos de los cuales nunca habían necesitado ayuda para pagar sus facturas”, dijo el CEO de ComEd, Joe Domínguez.

“Para satisfacer las necesidades de estos clientes, continuamos ofreciendo programas, y trabajamos para que los clientes los conozcan, para conectar a muchas personas, familias y pequeñas empresas como sea posible con la asistencia que necesitan”, agregó.

Opciones de asistencia de facturación

Para los clientes que luchan por cubrir los gastos de energía, los programas ComEd CARE ofrecen una variedad de opciones de asistencia financiera, mientras hay fondos disponibles, para ayudar a los clientes elegibles a pagar sus facturas de energía.

Hay programas disponibles para clientes residenciales con ingresos familiares de hasta el 250 por ciento del nivel federal de pobreza; así como miembros activos y desplegados de las Fuerzas Armadas, de la Guardia Nacional, de la Reservas y veteranos dados de baja honorablemente.

También hay asistencia financiera disponible para organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

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Cualquier cliente que esté pasando por tiempos difíciles o por dificultades con su factura de electricidad, debe llamar a ComEd de inmediato al 1-800-955-8237 (1-800-95-LUCES), de lunes a viernes de 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. para conocer más sobre cómo inscribirse. La Información sobre cada una de estas opciones está disponible en es.ComEd.com/PaymentAssistance.
ComEd también ofrece alertas de uso y consejos de administración de energía para ayudar a los clientes a administrar el uso de energía para ahorrar dinero ahora y en facturas futuras. Para obtener información, visite es.ComEd.com/OnlineTools, dijo la empresa.

 

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Pritzker says secret charter flights to China needed to keep feds from seizing medical supplies

(The Center Square) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker defended his decision Wednesday to arrange for two charter flights to transport millions of masks and gloves from China to Illinois to bolster the state’s limited supply of personal protective equipment as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flights, which cost about $1.7 million, were listed in a new state comptroller portal that tracks state spending on the public health crisis.

Details of the fights are being kept secret out of fear President Donald Trump’s administration might seize the cargo, Pritzker said.

“It is true that the federal government seems to be interrupting supplies that are being sent elsewhere in the nation, so I wanted to make sure we received what we ordered,” the governor said Wednesday.

State officials arranged the flights to Shanghai with FedEx Trade Networks. Records show the state prepaid $888,275 for each flight, according to the comptroller’s website.

So far, the state has spent $174 million on its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including millions for medical equipment such as ventilators.

Details about the state’s spending come as the spread of COVID-19 continues in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced 1,346 new coronavirus cases and 80 additional deaths.

Public health officials reported a total of 24,593 cases, including 948 deaths, statewide as of Wednesday. Cases have been reported in 89 of the state’s 102 counties. Union County was the latest county to join the list.

 AirChicago, nueva aerolínea privada de clase empresarial

Una nueva aerolínea de clase ejecutiva, llamada AirChicago, podría iniciar sus vuelos en esta primavera si su propietario David Koch, un ex piloto de United Airlines de 22 años, logra cubrir la membresía planeada para este llamado “club del aire”.

Koch, quien tiene como experiencia la dirección de tres departamentos de vuelo corporativos, está buscando viajeros frecuentes que hagan un depósito de $ 2, 500 dólares por el servicio de membresía de un solo pasajero, de acuerdo con su portal online.

Antes de poder comprar los aviones, AirChicago necesita un mínimo de 1, 200 integrantes de su membresía, instalar su casa club base en el Aeropuerto Ejecutivo de Chicago, ubicado en Wheeling, IL, y fortalecer su servicio en 18 mercados. Koch ya aseguró $ 1 millón de dólares en inversión externa y está a punto de lanzar otra ronda de financiación.

Asegura que sólo necesita de 80 miembros comprometidos con una sola ruta, como Chicago a Nueva York, por ejemplo, para lanzar cada una de las 18 rutas previstas. A la fecha 200 habitantes de Chicago han hecho depósitos, lo que le da confianza de iniciar el servicio en primavera.

En su portal se anuncia como “el primer country club del aire”, “con una casa club y 18 vías aéreas que conducen a los destinos comerciales y de ocio más populares en Estados Unidos”. Tiene una membresía de cinco niveles que varía de $ 99, 000 al año para viajeros con al menos tres viajes de negocios domésticos de ida y vuelta al mes a $ 1, 000 para quienes viajan no más de una vez al mes.

AirChicago planea volar aviones de lujo Gulfstream G-IV, convertidos de 50 asientos a 14 asientos de negocios con áreas para que los viajeros vuelen sin ser molestados o se sienten con sus colegas para asistir a una conferencia en vuelo. Los vuelos incluirán comidas, refrigerios y bebidas.

La membresía dará acceso a sus clientes al club privado  que habrá en cada aeropuerto de destino, con servicios tales como alimentos, bebidas y equipos de ejercicios.     El servicio de AirChicago es similar a otros que ya existen, como Jet Linx, Wheels Up y XO, que también atienden a clientes en Chicago pero solo ofrecen reservas de avión completo.

El atractivo de la aerolínea es la diferencia de tiempo que los viajeros desperdician en los grandes aeropuertos comerciales, “alrededor de 20,000 vuelos retrasados ??por día de un estimado de 100,000”, de acuerdo con Koch. Los clientes de AirChicago ahorrarán un promedio de tres horas por viaje.

Los aviones de AirChicago volarán a la ciudad de destino donde avión y tripulación permanecen todo el día, para transportan por la noche al cliente de regreso. Además de Chicago Executive, la aerolínea espera agregar servicio desde el aeropuerto de DuPage, el aeropuerto de la Universidad de Lewis y el aeropuerto internacional Gary / Chicago.

AirChicago planea volar inicialmente entre el Aeropuerto Ejecutivo de Chicago y el Aeropuerto del Condado de Westchester en White Plains, NY. Otros mercados en proceso incluyen Los Ángeles, Washington DC/ Baltimore, el Área de la Bahía de San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Kansas City y Boston

ComEd to Host Recycling Event in Western Suburbs to Help Customers Save Money and Energy

Residential customers to receive $25 for each room air conditioner, dehumidifier and small fridge they recycle

DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. (June 13, 2019) – To help families and individuals use energy more wisely, the ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program will host an event where residential customers can drop off up to two old, working room air conditioners, dehumidifiers and small fridges (whose interior measures less than 10 cubic feet). ComEd will send customers $25 for each unit.

  • Saturday, June 22
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The Home Depot, 2000 Butterfield Rd. in Downers Grove, Ill.

Rain or shine, representatives will be on hand to collect the units, which must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for $25 in the mail in approximately four to six weeks. Because participants must be ComEd customers to qualify, they should bring their account number or ComEd bill for faster processing. More information is available at ComEd.com/Recycling.

“Our recycling events provide customers with a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their old appliances,” said Jane Park, senior vice president of customer operations for ComEd. “By removing older appliances from the energy grid and properly recycling them, customers can reduce their energy use, energy bill and carbon footprint. This is one of the many ways ComEd demonstrates its commitment to powering a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities.”

The event is part of the ComEd fridge and freezer recycling offering which, since 2008, has saved more than 425,000 appliances from the landfill and saved customers approximately $43.5 million in energy costs. The offering pays ComEd customers $50 to recycle old, working refrigerators and freezers, which can use twice as much energy as newer models and cost customers about $110 a year in energy. To participate, customers can contact ComEd to schedule a pickup, and ComEd will haul away theirold refrigerators and freezers at no cost. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at ComEd.com/Recycling or by calling 855-433-2700.

Why Recycle?

Older, inefficient appliances often contain chemicals and materials that ComEd will carefully remove and recycle in an environmentally friendly way:

  • Oil and Refrigerant These items are simultaneously evacuated from the compressor and cooling circuit of each refrigerator and freezer. The oil can be used for cleaning purposes or in other industrial equipment while the refrigerant and capacitors containing PCB are properly disposed of or recycled by qualified handlers.
  • Foam Insulation Approximately 19 pounds of foam insulation, containing ozone-depleting chemicals, is shredded under negative air pressure, and the harmful chemicals are converted to benign byproducts such as salt water.
  • Glass Approximately seven pounds of tempered glass found in refrigerators can be used as an aerator in potting soil and as aggregate material in types of concrete.
  • Mercury Containing Devices Found in some pre-2000 freezers, switches and thermostats are removed and shipped to a qualified handler for proper disposal.
  • Metals Refrigerators and freezers contain approximately 96 pounds of steel and eight pounds of copper and aluminum. The steel is recycled into products such as construction rebar to reinforce concrete, while the copper is used to make electrical wire and aluminum is used to make beverage cans.
  • Plastics Approximately 43 pounds of plastic in each unit can be recycled into products such as cell phones, computer cases, and other molded components.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, which is funded in compliance with state law, helps residential, business and public sector customers save energy and lower their electric bills. Since its launch in 2008, the program has helped families and businesses save a total of $4 billion on their electricity bills. That’s the equivalent of approximately $1,000 for each of ComEd’s 4 million customers – the amount a residential customer would spend in an entire year on their electricity bill, assuming the current average monthly residential bill of approximately $84. To learn more about ways to save, visit ComEd.com/WaysToSave.

ComEd Icebox Derby en apoyo a las chicas de Illinois

La empresa ComEd llevará a cabo la sexta edición del Icebox Derby este verano, dirigido a 30 chicas jóvenes del área de Chicago, que construirán autos de carreras de alta tecnología, iniciando con ello un camino hacia su futuro en la ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas.

Mujeres de 13 a 18 años de edad pueden llenar su solicitud para participar en esta competencia que desafía a las adolescentes a transformar refrigeradores reciclados en autos de carreras eléctricos alimentados a energía solar. El periodo para registrarse en www.IceboxDerby.com termina el viernes 7 de junio.

Icebox Derby ofrece a las jóvenes la oportunidad de explorar carreras en las áreas señaladas mientras obtienen una beca por $1,500 dólares. El objetivo es involucrarlas y capacitarlas para que continúen sus estudios en la ciencia y tecnología.

Las participantes trabajarán junto a los mentores de ComEd para transformar en auto un refrigerador reciclado, “la mayoría mujeres líderes de la empresa, que han desarrollado sus propias carreras y continúan aprendiendo sobre el camino que han elegido”, indica la convocatoria en su sitio web.

La competencia finalizará con una experiencia de vida única, ya que las participantes conducirán, compitiendo con sus autos eléctricos hechos con refrigeradores en el Daley Plaza en Chicago, el sábado 3 de agosto próximo.

ComEd lanzó este programa anual “Icebox Derby” hace seis años para educar y empoderar a las jóvenes a que exploren las carreras en la ciencia y tecnología y se conviertan en la fuerza laboral innovadora del futuro. Este verano, casi el 10 % de las participantes de años anteriores, trabajarán en la empresa en los internships que la compañía ofrece.

Además de proveer energía eléctrica a los hogares, negocios e instituciones en todo el estado de Illinois, ComEd también continúa liderando el diálogo sobre el valor de la educación científica y tecnológica.

De acuerdo a un estudio de la Coalición de Ciencia y Tecnología de Illinois, las mujeres representan el 49 por ciento de la fuerza laboral, pero solo el 26 por ciento de los empleos de Illinois, están relacionados con la ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas

Young Women in Illinois Can Race to Their Futures as the Application for the ComEd Icebox Derby Opens

Icebox Derby offers local girls the chance to explore STEM careers while earning scholarships

CHICAGO (May 6, 2019) – This summer, 30 young women from the Chicago area will build both high-tech racecars and pathways to their futures in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Girls can apply now for the sixth-annual ComEd Icebox Derby, a competition that challenges teens from across Chicagoland to transform recycled refrigerators into electric and solar-powered racecars.

Applications are available now at www.IceboxDerby.com. The application period will close on Friday, June 7. The application is open to any girl who is an Illinois resident between the ages of 13 and 18.

Every participant will receive a $1,500 scholarship for completing the program. They will work alongside ComEd mentors to build a fridge car and learn about practical applications of STEM in daily life and STEM career options. The competition will culminate with a once-in-a-lifetime experience as participants race their electric- and solar-powered fridge cars at Daley Plaza in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 3.

“We’ve got to engage and empower young women to continue their STEM studies and see opportunities available to them down the road,” said Joe Dominguez, CEO of ComEd. “Through the Icebox Derby, these young women work alongside women at ComEd who are leaders and have built their own STEM careers, and learn about the paths they are taking. We hope to inspire them to come back and work for us someday.”

This summer, nearly 10 percent of former Icebox Derby participants will work at ComEd as summer interns.

ComEd launched the Icebox Derby six years ago to educate and empower young women to explore careers in STEM and become the innovative workforce of the future. In addition to powering homes, businesses and institutions across the Illinois, ComEd continues to lead the conversation on the value of science and technology education. Women make up 49 percent of the workforce, yet only 26 percent of jobs in STEM-related fields in Illinois, according to a study by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

Find out more about the program by visiting www.IceboxDerby.com.

ComEd promotes Martín Montes to Vice President of Large Customer Services

CHICAGO, January 7, (HINA) – Martín Montes has been named vice president of large customer services at ComEd effective today.

Montes will develop short and long-term strategies for the large customer services organization focusing on maximizing customer satisfaction. He will also be responsible for identifying key customer issues and developing strategy with internal and external stakeholders.
“Having overseen day-to-day strategic outreach and interactions with the Illinois Commerce Commission, Martín will continue to drive engagement with our large customers,” said ComEd

“With both his legal accomplishments and strength as a strategic thinker, Martín’s 8 years of ComEd and Exelon experience will elevate and drive our large customer services organization,” said the company in a press release.

Montes most recently served as director of regulatory affairs where he oversaw routine strategic outreach and interactions with the Illinois Commerce Commission. Prior to his role at ComEd, Montes worked as assistant general counsel for Exelon Corporation’s legal department where he was responsible for the department’s administration and operations.

Prior to joining Exelon, Montes worked as associate general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s international legal division. His overall responsibilities included assisting with the development and implementation of the international division’s global compliance strategy. Prior to taking his role in the international legal division, Montes also held the position of director of corporate responsibility. He also worked as assistant general counsel for SAM’S CLUB operations department and as senior division counsel for the employment litigation section.

Montes earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law. Montes is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and is a twenty-plus year member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

In addition to the promotion of Montes, Marquez also announced two executive rotations in ComEd’s governmental affairs organization. Marlow Colvin has been named vice president of ComEd legislative and community affairs and Melissa Washington takes on a new challenge as she moves into the role of vice president of governmental & external affairs.

Montes will develop short and long-term strategies for the large customer services organization focusing on maximizing customer satisfaction. He will also be responsible for identifying key customer issues and developing strategy with internal and external stakeholders.

Montes most recently served as director of regulatory affairs where he oversaw routine strategic outreach and interactions with the Illinois Commerce Commission. Prior to his role at ComEd, Montes worked as assistant general counsel for Exelon Corporation’s legal department where he was responsible for the department’s administration and operations.

Prior to joining Exelon, Montes worked as associate general counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s international legal division. His overall responsibilities included assisting with the development and implementation of the international division’s global compliance strategy. Prior to taking his role in the international legal division, Montes also held the position of director of corporate responsibility. He also worked as assistant general counsel for SAM’S CLUB operations department and as senior division counsel for the employment litigation section.

Montes earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law. Montes is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and is a twenty-plus year member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

In addition to the promotion of Montes, Marquez also announced two executive rotations in ComEd’s governmental affairs organization. Marlow Colvin has been named vice president of ComEd legislative and community affairs and Melissa Washington takes on a new challenge as she moves into the role of vice president of governmental & external affairs.n(Hispanic News Agency -HINA. Photo Martin Montes’s Twitter Page)

ComEd working side by side with minority-owned companies

Joe Dominguez, new CEO of ComEd, lays out ComEd’s vision in an exclusive interview with Negocios Now

By Michael Volpe

ComEd has spent billions in the minority community, but the growth is only beginning.

Joe Dominguez began as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ComEd- the largest electricity utility company in Illinois- in June 2018, and he sat down exclusively with Negocios Now in his first interview since taking over.

He said that since 2011, ComEd has spent $3.3 billion with certified diverse suppliers.

Of 366 new hires last year at ComEd, seventy percent were diverse, Dominquez also noted.

Forty-nine percent of ComEd’s total workforce is diverse, Dominguez said, and the same percentage of employees promoted since 2013 was diverse.

“What we’re targeting next is professional services.” he said, “Historically, Latinos, African Americans were not given an opportunity. It’s not simply enough to open the door now and say ‘look, now we’re willing to hire diverse lawyers, diverse financial people or whatnot.’ We have to build the capacity.”

Dominguez said that ComEd will be “Partnering our non-diverse suppliers with diverse ones.”

“It means that we’re bringing in lawyers that are diverse but have never done utility business. We’re giving them a training on the industry.” Dominguez stated further. “We then pair them up with traditional majority firms and they will work side by side on cases with us.”

“We will mentor them.

“The gains we’re going to make next are all about growing the capacity and the capability in a community that historically hasn’t developed that capability because they weren’t given that opportunity.”

Who is Joe Dominguez?

Dominguez takes over as CEO with a unique professional background.

“I’m a lawyer and an engineer,” He said.

Earlier in his career, Dominguez spent time as an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, prosecuting everything from money laundering to murder for hire.

He also spent time in private practice as a partner at White and Williams in Philadelphia, before joining Exelon, ComEd’s parent company, as associate general counsel.

He said he slowly transitioned away from law when by 2008, he was immersed in the strategic development of the future of the company.

Starting in 2000, what was a monopoly in electricity supply was turned into competitive markets.

“I had been a litigator my whole life, so I’ve been (arguing cases),” Dominguez said, but starting in 2008 “(I was) starting to develop the strategy and policies- started to develop the political strategies and regulatory strategies.”

In his new role, Dominguez was given an opportunity to influence the direction of electricity supply, which had been deregulated from a monopoly in 2000.

“We have a lot of input into the market design for the sale of electricity and its derivatives. So, energy capacity, what we call ancillary services, all of these were new markets beginning in 2000.

“We opened that up to competition where any power plant can compete. We had to develop markets and rules of the road. So, I oversaw the economists that were designing and are still designing those markets.”

Dominguez noted that mathematics background he gained as an engineer helps him in his new role.

In 2010, Dominguez was named senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon. In 2012, Dominguez became senior vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon before taking over as CEO of ComEd, which he called a lifelong dream.

“It’s been a dream of mine to run a company. I happen to be lucky enough to run what I believe is the best company within the Exelon universe of companies.” Dominguez said.

ComEd’s Future

Dominguez said he’s taking over just as his company has completed a seven-year transition: the implementation of the Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act (EIMA).

EIMA is more commonly known as the “smart grid law”; it was passed in Illinois in 2011.

EIMA “enabled ComEd to make significant investments to strengthen and modernize the electric grid for northern Illinois,” noted ComEd’s director of communications Paul Elsberg.

This included installing 4 million smart meters.  

Dominguez said that 99.9% of the smart grid work would be completed by year’s end.

“That is the beginning of the functionality of what you are talking about where we’re able to kind of distribute energy, and not only send energy out but bring it back from distributed sources.”

Dominguez believes going forward ComEd’s business will diversify significantly.

For instance, there are currently approximately 10,000 electric vehicles in ComEd’s service territory, but “we see that number climbing exponentially over the course of the next five years.” Dominguez said, “What’s that mean for us? That means more charging stations, more community charging stations being installed. That means a greater capability for electric distribution has to happen.”

He sees growth in clean power sources like distributed solar: “That’s solar that we’re buying back from our customers when our customer isn’t using it. Same sort of story, very few installations today but I think what we’ll see is tons of community solar, that is going to be selected by the Illinois Power Agency in January.”

Dominguez also believed there will be growth in other alternative energy sources like wind and renewables.

Sandoval aplaude más de $2 mil millones para estimular la diversidad de contratos estatales

CHICAGO

– El Senador estatal Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) se dirigió a la ‘Comisión de Comercio de Illinois’ (ICC) para felicitar a esa entidad por cumplir con las leyes de diversidad de proveedores, en momentos en que muchas otras agencias estatales y universidades se niegan o no han implementado completamente estos estándares diseñados para la contratación justa y equitativa de comerciantes y empresarios minoritarios.

“Todos sabemos que existe una alta incidencia de criminalidad en ciertos barrios del Suroeste de Chicago y todos apuntan rápidamente a los posibles culpables, sin proponer soluciones,” dijo Sandoval. “Una de estas soluciones es la creación de empleos y oportunidades a las comunidades que más los necesitan.”

A la reunión asistieron representantes de las principales agencias de energía—ComEd, Ameren, Peoples Gas, Nicor y American Water—así como activistas, expertos en la materia y legisladores que condujeron una discusión abierta sobre los desafíos y tropiezos que existen para aumentar el número de contratistas minoritarios entre los proveedores de las agencias de gas y electricidad.

“Agradezco el trabajo que la Comisión de Comercio ha hecho a través de los años para tomar en serio la adjudicación de contratos a minorías,” dijo Sandoval. “Hemos aprobado un sinnúmero de leyes tratando de llegar al punto en donde las minorías, las mujeres y las personas discapacitadas estén adecuada y equitativamente representadas entre los contratistas estatales, pero carecen de suficiente autoridad y muchas agencias las ignoran o simplemente deciden no cumplirlas. Por eso agradezco los esfuerzos de la Comisión de Comercio por tomarla en serio.”

Sandoval, un veterano promotor de la lucha a favor de los contratistas minoritarios, ha aumentado en meses recientes su esfuerzo para hacer cumplir las leyes existentes e hizo algunas sugerencias a ICC haciendo notar que hace falta adoptar estándares similares de implementación entre los organismos estatales en cuestión.

“Necesitamos una gráfica que liste cada compañía con su presupuesto total, con el monto total destinado para sus metas de [contratos para la] diversidad y con una declaración del total gastado en cada categoría,” sugiere Sandoval.

También enfatizó que las empresas que cumplen con la ley han contribuido hasta ahora, más de $2 mil millones de dólares en la adjudicación de contratos a minorías.

“Eso no ocurría ni era posible antes de la aprobación de esta ley,” expresa Sandoval. “Más empresas y agencias estatales deberían estar siguiendo ese ejemplo en este momento,” finalizo diciendo el legislador.

 

Negocios Now announces exclusive interview with Joe Dominguez, ComEd CEO

  Negocios Now will publish an exclusive interview with Joe Dominguez, the new ComEd CEO, as part of its special edition named “Supplier Diversity: Empowering the Latino business community”.

The edition will be out next week and will be presented in the Supplier Diversity Networking Reception at Hyatt Regency Chicago, on October 12.

Dominguez leads ComEd, an Exelon company, which powers the lives of more than 4 million residential and business customers, or 70 percent of Illinois’ population. He is responsible for the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to customers and for empowering them to manage their energy use. He oversees the management of the electric grid for Chicago and most of northern Illinois and ComEd’s partnerships with the diverse communities it serves.

Before joining ComEd, Dominguez served as executive vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for ComEd parent company Exelon. In that role, he led the development and implementation of federal, state, and regional governmental, regulatory, and public policy strategies for one of the nation’s largest electric companies with approximately $34 billion in annual revenues.
Dominguez joined Exelon in 2002 as associate general counsel, responsible for all litigation matters in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2004, he was named general counsel for ComEd sister company PECO. In 2007, he was named senior vice president of state regulatory and government affairs and general counsel of Exelon Generation. His role expanded in 2009 to include senior vice president of communications, and in 2010 he was named senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon. In 2012, Dominguez became senior vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy for Exelon.
Prior to joining Exelon, Dominguez was a partner in the law firm of White and Williams, LLP, with a broad-based litigation practice counseling large and small corporations, institutions, and government entities. He is a former assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he spearheaded the investigation and prosecution of numerous crimes ranging from money laundering to murder-for-hire.

ComEd Expands Job Training Program to Increase Minority Employment Opportunities

CONSTRUCT program welcomes largest training class to date; expands region’s job opportunities in construction, engineering, solar power, and energy efficiency

CHICAGO – ComEd has brought together 38 construction industry companies, two local utilities, and eight social service agencies for the sixth year of CONSTRUCT, a jobs training program that increases employment opportunities for minorities in Chicago and northern Illinois neighborhoods.  A record 108 students will go through the nine-week program and receive training and information needed to compete for entry-level jobs in construction-related fields.

New this year, the curriculum has been divided into two tracks.  The Construction and Skilled Trades track will include courses in rigging and basic hand tools, construction flagging, commercial driving skills, meter reading and safety.  The new Project Management and Planning track will include courses in Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Customer Service, and engineering basics. Both tracks will offer students training in basic math, interviewing skills, resume writing, and general business etiquette.  All students will participate in a two-day solar workshop and two-day job shadowing.

“As a large local employer, we are committed to working with our communities to develop the workforce of the future with people from within our neighborhoods,” said Anne Pramaggiore, president, and CEO of ComEd. “CONSTRUCT ensures diverse candidates are given the access, training, and tools needed to get good-paying jobs. We are delighted with the program’s results and appreciate our partners from other local utilities, labor, and community organizations who have joined us in this effort to prepare tomorrow’s workforce.”

The program welcomes a new social service agency, St. Sabina’s, to the existing agencies, which include ASPIRA of Illinois, Austin Peoples Action Center, Chicago Urban League, National Latino Education Institute, Quad County Urban League, SER Jobs for Progress, and YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and South Suburbs-Homewood. These agencies will help identify and train program participants using common eligibility and completion requirements, and provide job counseling and placement services.

ComEd launched CONSTRUCT with 10 companies and three social service agencies in 2013. The program has grown to include the three major utility companies in northern Illinois, 38 construction companies and seven social service agencies. In addition to ComEd, participating companies include:

Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, ABB, Inc.; Aldridge, Ardmore Roderick, Builders Association, Burling Builders, “D” Construction, Inc.; David Mason + Associates, d’Escoto, Inc., Electric Conduit Construction, Environmental Design, Inc., F.H Paschen, Groundhog Utility Construction, HBK Engineering, Henkels & McCoy, INTREN, LLC; John Burns Construction Co., Kairos Worldwide, KDM Engineering, Lindblad Construction, LiveWire, Magellan Development Group, James McHugh Construction, Meade, Midwest Access Solutions, MJ Electric, MZI Group, Inc.; Nash Brothers Construction Company, Inc.; NPL Construction, Olenick & Associates, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., PMI Energy Solutions, Primera Engineers, Rabine Group, The BarTech Group, Trice Construction Company, United Scrap Metal, V3 Companies and Trinidad Construction  Labor organizations – IBEW Locals 9, 15, 134, 196 and Chicago Area Laborers provide support.

             

Exelon promotes Annette Martinez as new Communications VP of ComEd

Annette Martínez was appointed as new communications Vice President of ComEd.

Exelon’s announcement is part of a series of key appointments in the change of board leaders of the communications team, which will help drive greater engagement across internal and external audiences and build brand awareness.

Martinez was promoted from ComEd Director of Communications and in her new role will oversee all of ComEd Communications. A 20-year communications veteran, her accomplishments include successful outreach pertaining to the critically important Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois and engaging media and other stakeholders on priority ComEd business issues.P

Prior to joining ComEd, she was the Director of External Relations for AGL Resources, the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor and also served as the Director of Communications for Nicor Gas. Martinez also was an Assistant Commissioner of Communications for the Chicago Department of Aviation, where she led all communication initiatives for Midway and O’Hare international airports.

“I have every confidence that Annette will drive strong results in this new role and look forward to the communications and ComEd organizations continuing to benefit from her insights,” said Maggie FitzPatrick senior vice president corporate affairs, philanthropy and customer engagement.