ComEd Awards Chicago Department of Aviation $326,000 in Incentives Following Completion of Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting Project

May 9, 2024

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CHICAGO (May 9, 2024) –The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) joined ComEd at O’Hare International Airport today to celebrate the completion of an ambitious energy-efficient lighting project for Terminals 1 and 3. This project supports the City of Chicago in realizing the benefits of cleaner and more efficient energy practices.

“I thank ComEd for its partnership in reducing O’Hare’s energy consumption and carbon footprint,” CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee said. “From developing the first-in-the nation Sustainable Airport Manual to implementing green designs in all of our development projects and even utilizing livestock to help maintain airport property, the CDA has a long and impressive track record of seeking ways to expand our industry-leading sustainability initiatives at Chicago’s airports.”

As part of the project, ComEd worked with the City to replace 685 metal halide outdoor lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs. While the new lights are designed to improve safety and visibility, they are also estimated to help the airport save nearly 1.75 million kilowatt-hours a year. This helps reduce from the air more than 1.1 million pounds of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, which is the equivalent of powering nearly 160 ComEd customer homes for one year or planting approximately 630 acres of trees.

By working through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program, the CDA earned more than $326,000 in incentives. Combined with the reduction in energy use and maintenance costs, the payback period – or the amount of time before O’Hare recoups its investment – is estimated to be less than one year.

“The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program plays an increasingly important role in making our buildings more sustainable and reducing our collective emissions across the region – goals shared by ComEd and the City of Chicago through its Climate Action Plan,” said Melissa Washington, ComEd’s Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President of Customer Operations and Strategy. “ComEd is proud to work with the CDA in helping the city of Chicago incorporate sustainable energy practices that will reduce our carbon footprint and make the airports and our Chicago communities more sustainable for years to come.”

About the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program

The award-winning ComEd Energy Efficiency Program offers a range of services and incentives to help residential, business and public-sector customers manage energy use now and into the future. Since its launch in 2008, the program has helped hundreds of thousands of customers save more than $8 billion on their energy bills and more than 76 million net megawatt-hours of electricity. This is enough energy to power more than 8.6 million ComEd customers’ homes for one year. The program has also helped reduce from the air more than 55 billion pounds of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, which is the equivalent of removing more than 5.9 million cars off the road for one year or planting nearly 31 million acres of trees. For more information, visit


About Chicago Department of Aviation

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) owns and operates one of the world's busiest airport systems, comprised of O'Hare and Midway International Airports. Chicago's airports offer service to more than 250 nonstop destinations worldwide, including 47 foreign countries, combined. Together, Chicago's airports serve more than 105 million passengers each year and generate approximately $70 billion in annual economic activity for the region. The CDA is self-supporting, using no local or state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at either airport. For more information, visit


About ComEd

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 250 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, X, and YouTube.