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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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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 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 Fidel Marquez, ComEd’s senior vice president of governmental and external affairs. “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 Marquez.

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.

“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 Fidel Marquez, ComEd’s senior vice president of governmental and external affairs. “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 Marquez.

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.

GSG Consultants to be 2018 “Business of the Year”

GSG Consultants, Inc. will be awarded the 2018 Negocios Now Business of the Year Award at the 5th annual Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago gala event to be held this July 13 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Founded in 1992, GSG has since developed into one of the largest Hispanic-owned engineering consulting firms based in Illinois.

Led by Guillermo Garcia, Arturo Saenz, and Ala E. Sassila, GSG is provided by specialty engineering and scientific consulting services for both public and private sectors.

“Once again, we have selected a great company to receive the Negocios Now Business of the Year Award. GSG is an industry-recognized organization known for its commitment to providing high-quality service,” said Clemente Nicado, publisher of Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication.

Negocios Now celebrates the success of Chicago’s Hispanic community with its “Who’s Who In Hispanic Chicago” special edition and gala event, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, ComEd, Wintrust Bank, Remy Martin, Coca-Cola. and United Airlines.

“The goal of the event is not only to recognize Hispanic achievement but also to inspire other members of the community to similar endeavors,” said Nicado.

At the gala, Negocios Now will also recognize this year’s leaders in the Hispanic community with other special awards, such as the Community Champion Award, Latinas in Business Award, and Corporate Excellence.

Recipients will be chosen from the following categories: Business, Non-Profits, Media, Cultural & Education, Government, Health Care and Corporate.

About Nicado Publishing Company, Inc.

Nicado Publishing Company (NPC) was founded in 2006 focused on the Hispanic niche market. In the summer of NPC launched Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication is the Midwest’s most dynamic news source for growing Hispanic businesses, focusing primarily on business owners, entrepreneurs and economic development in the Latino community.
Negocios Now has received more than 10 awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). In May 2012, The Chicago Headline Club, a leading association of local professional journalists, awarded Negocios Now the Peter Lisagor Award for General Excellence, a first for a Hispanic newspaper in Chicago.
Publisher Clemente Nicado, former International Correspondent and one of the founder of the Tribune Spanish newspaper, HOY,  is the author of “Así lo hicieron”, a 2012 book featuring profiles of outstanding Hispanic business people in the Chicago area. In 2014 NPC launched the first Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago special edition and Gala event with resounding support from community members and Chicago leaders and last year the first “Latinos 40 Under 40” in the Chicago area. Nicado is currently one of the board member of the NAHP and one of the most awarded Latino journalists in the country with 25 national awards.

 

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.