ComEd in Chicago has launched a significant new energy efficiency program that will spur regional business development in the digital economy sector.

Through this new incentive offering, part of the Smart Ideas for Your Business program, ComEd will work with data center designers, owners, and tenants to strengthen operations and maximize energy efficiency. By providing per-kWh financial incentives and technical assistance, ComEd will help these businesses lower energy use and save money on electricity bills. Whether businesses are building new facilities, renovating or expanding, ComEd will work with them to achieve a permanent reduction in electrical usage.

ComEd has two dedicated account managers who are specialists within the data center industry. They currently serve as energy liaisons to more than 60 data centers in northern Illinois. These experts will work with both new and existing businesses to reduce utility bills by helping to offset the cost of building or modernizing their equipment and facilities.

ComEd's new incentive offering as part of the Smart Ideas for Your Business program builds on that strong foundation. Last year, energy efficiency projects were completed at several customer sites. Latisys, a provider of IT infrastructure services from co-location to cloud, implemented advanced cooling systems in its Chicago data center. By better managing air flow, it can conserve energy and lower cooling costs.

"The incentive from ComEd enabled us to implement hot aisle and cold aisle containment systems in our Tier III data center," said Nabon Marsico, Director of Data Center Operations, Latisys. "This is already translating to significant savings while allowing us to provide more concentrated and precise cooling for our hosting and colocation customers."

ComEd's new program is part of the Smart Ideas for Your Business® portfolio, which recently entered its fifth year. The Smart Ideas program encourages customers to save money and reduce energy consumption by helping them offset the cost of energy efficiency measures.