ComEd announces program to low-income Illinois resident to reduce carbon footprint

Published on December 16, 2022 by Liz Carey

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As part of its commitment to building cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable communities, ComEd announced it would launch a new program to convert low-income residents in Northern Illinois to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Whole Home Electrification Program will allow low-income residents in single-family and multi-unit homes to convert to all-electric, using highly efficient technologies, the company said. The first-of-its-kind $40 million program would bring together ComEd, with local climate justice nonprofit Elevate, and local contractors to deliver appliance and HVAC upgrades, weatherization, and health and safety modifications to low-income residents in 100 single-family and multi-unit homes in Chicago that reduces reliance on fossil fuel energy sources.

“We are thrilled to launch the Whole Home Electrification program – a first-of-its-kind effort to expand home energy efficiency programs with a focus on delivering cost and energy savings to our low-income customers first,” said Gil C. Quiniones, CEO of ComEd. “While ComEd has led for over a decade by delivering billions of dollars in savings through our award-winning energy efficiency program, the launch of our Whole Home Electrification program represents the next frontier in our work alongside state, regional, and local partners to help our customers achieve a cleaner and more sustainable future where our communities most vulnerable to pollution are not left behind.”

The program is made possible through Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), the company said, which paves the way for the company to offer home electrification technologies as part of a push to increase the adoption of technologies that lower carbon emissions.

ComEd said it will fund 100 percent of qualifying upgrades for single-family homes and up to 70 percent for qualifying multi-unit buildings. The building owners will pay for the remainder of the costs in multi-unit buildings at no cost to the tenants.