ComEd’s Smart Ideas® Program Provides CenturyLink an Energy Solution that
Saves Energy and Advances Green Commitments
CHICAGO -- August 8, 2014
ComEd today announced it is working with CenturyLink Technology Solutions on a
multi-year energy efficiency project that will help the global communications
and IT services company reduce the energy use of its Chicago CH2 data center
by 7.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, or the equivalent of powering
The project is part of ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business^® energy
efficiency program, which provides financial incentives and technical
assistance to ComEd customers to help them become more sustainable. Data
centers require a great deal of electricity to both power and cool digital
equipment. The Chicago area is a desirable location for data centers, given
its central location and convergence of fiber optic networks combined with
ComEd’s top-performing electric reliability grid and Illinois’ low-cost
competitive energy market.
“We are pleased to offer our customers a suite of energy-efficient programs
that provide sustainable solutions for homeowners and businesses in Illinois
that help them significantly lower their energy use and meet sustainability
goals,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd.
“Whether businesses are building new facilities, renovating or expanding,
ComEd will work with them to achieve a permanent reduction in electrical
CenturyLink Technology Solutions initiated the multi-year project to upgrade
and overhaul the majority of CH2’s mechanical equipment, serving the
125,000-square-foot data center. This project will help the company continue
its global green data center commitment by reducing the power usage
effectiveness (PUE) of CH2. In addition, CenturyLink will use the financial
incentives from ComEd to upgrade data center CRAC units with VFDs (variable
frequency drives), improve cooling tower performance, optimize data center
operating temperatures, and airflow management.
“We are honored to be recognized by ComEd for our commitment to lower the PUE
of our Chicago data center footprint,” said Joel Stone, vice president, global
data center operations, CenturyLink Technology Solutions. “At CenturyLink, we
are doing our part to ensure the long-term health of the environment, joining
with consumers and businesses to promote and practice the intelligent use of
Since the creation of ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business energy efficiency
program in 2008, ComEd estimates area businesses have saved more than $320
million in electricity costs and reduced their energy usage by more than 4.2
billion kWh. The result of this clean energy initiative is equivalent to
energizing 465,000 homes for one entire year.
Additional solutions offered through Smart Ideas for Your Business include:
Lighting – Lighting is a major electricity expense and can account for 30 to
60 percent of annual electric costs for businesses. ComEd offers cash
incentives for energy-efficient lighting, including fixture replacements and
retrofits, sensors and controls. Incentives for indoor and outdoor lighting,
including signage are also available.
New Construction - For businesses or design firms that are in the early design
stages of a new construction, addition or major renovation project, the ComEd
New Construction Service, in coordination with Nicor Gas, provides financial
incentives and technical assistance to encourage design teams and building
owners to surpass standard practices and exceed energy code requirements.
Small Business Energy Savings - Small business owners can receive free energy
assessments and technical services to help generate savings that go straight
to the bottom line. ComEd offers generous incentives towards the recommended
energy efficiency upgrades – such as lighting, LED exit signs and
energy-efficient water heater installation. The program will also assign a
trained trade ally to help business owners complete the process by providing
energy-efficient upgrades from start to finish.
For more information on ComEd Smart Ideas for your Business, please visit
ComEd.com/BizIncentives. ComEd also offers energy efficiency programs for its
residential customers, for more information visit ComEd.com/HomeSavings.
Customers can also call 855-IDEAS-00 (855-433-2700).
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United
States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by
technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud
infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink
provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select
international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network
and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also
offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and
DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest
corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider,
with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to
approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with
the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
ComEd Media Relations
CenturyLink Technology Solutions
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