2022 Powering Safe Communities Program Awards
Over $170,000 for Electric Vehicle Charging and Public Safety
Projects Across Northern Illinois
ComEd today joined the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) to
announce the winners of grants to fund community infrastructure
projects that promote public safety and access to clean
transportation. As part of the annual Powering Safe Communities
program, ComEd and MMC have awarded 21 community grants totaling
$171,000 to help launch community-driven projects across the
region, from innovative pedestrian safety technology to clean
transportation projects that support the adoption of electric
vehicles (EVs) and are designed to reduce carbon emissions and
improve community resiliency.
“ComEd is proud to partner with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
to spearhead investment in EV charging infrastructure, public
safety and clean transportation projects across the region,”
said Gil C. Quiniones, CEO of ComEd. “This year’s program
fulfills our commitment to helping cities and towns across ComEd’s
service territory achieve the vision of the Illinois Climate &
Equitable Jobs Act and adopt new technology that will accelerate
electrification, improve air quality and make our communities
cleaner and safer for the future.”
The 2022 Powering Safe Communities grants mark the eighth year
of the program, which has awarded 157 grants totaling $1.7 million
to communities across northern Illinois. As a testament to growing
interest in electric vehicles, the program in recent years has
helped deliver $230,000 for clean transportation and EV charging
"Through the Powering Safe Communities grants program, we are
thrilled to be cutting carbon emissions and providing northern
Illinois communities the infrastructure needed for climate
progress," said Mayor Kevin Burns of Geneva, and Environment
Committee Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. "Electric
vehicles and charging stations have significant emission benefits
over conventional vehicles. By working with ComEd to provide grant
funding to communities and through the EV Readiness partnership, we
are clearing the way to electrify our cities throughout the
metropolitan region and beyond."
The grant announcement was made at the ribbon-cutting of a new
EV charging station in the City of DeKalb, which was made possible
by a 2021 ComEd Powering Safe Communities grant. Installation of
the new charging station at Van Buer Plaza was completed in April
2022. In the short time the charging station has been open, it has
connected 100 charging customers, creating nearly 600 kg in
greenhouse gas savings.
“The electric vehicle charger provided by the ComEd and
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Powering Safe Communities program has
been a tremendous addition to downtown DeKalb,” said DeKalb
Mayor Cohen Barnes. “EV owners can visit our downtown’s shops
and restaurants while charging up, supporting our local economy and
The 21 ComEd Powering Safe Communities Program grant recipients
for 2022 are:
City of Joliet: This grant will support the
purchase and installation of two EV charging stations at the
commuter parking lot adjacent to Gateway Center Train Station and
Slammers Stadium – two key locations in the City’s new EV Charging
Station Program designed to improve health outcomes and reduce
reliance on fossil fuels.
City of Lake Forest: This project will help
support the purchase, installation and maintenance costs for two
new EV charging stations in the City’s Forest Avenue parking lot,
located adjacent to historic Market Square in the heart of the
City's Central Business District.
City of Rockford: The grant will support the
purchase and installation of a dual-port level 2 EV charging
station in downtown Rockford, allowing two cars to charge at one
time. This would be the City's first step in advancing EV charging
infrastructure and will be located in a high utilization area for
the Rockford Region.
Fox Lake Police Department: The grant will
support the purchase and maintenance costs for two new License
Plate Reader cameras, which will be used to monitor and reduce
traffic along busy thoroughfares, and to protect public safety in
the event of traffic infractions.
Maple Park Police Department: This grant will
support the purchase of two solar powered portable speed signs to
enhance the village's neighborhood traffic calming program. The
signs will warn drivers when they exceed the speed limit and will
log traffic data for future traffic calming decisions, including
increased enforcement, engineering changes and making village roads
safer for vehicles and residents.
Village of Buffalo Grove: The Village of
Buffalo Grove will install three Level 2 charging stations at Fire
Stations 26 and 27. The grant will be used to remove barriers to EV
usage for Fire Department employees and will support the cost of
installation for the Village Fire Department.
Village of Bull Valley: This grant will help
the Village of Bull Valley to outfit 30 miles of winding rural
roads with LED-lighted stop signs and additional pieces of
equipment to improve driver compliance with stop signs and speed
limits, calm traffic and increase overall driver and pedestrian
safety when the roads are dark.
Village of Burnham: The grant will be used to
support the purchase and installation of new radar speed monitor
signs in traffic areas. These new solar powered signs will offer a
sustainable method for alleviating traffic and improving roadway
and pedestrian safety.
Village of Elburn: The grant will support the
purchase and installation of one EV charging station available for
public charging use, located at North 1st Street and East North
Village of Franklin Park: The grant will be
used to purchase and install four new EV charging stations. Two
charging stations will be designated to serve municipal owned
electric vehicles and the village’s public works facility and the
other two charging stations can be used by the public at the
Village of Forest Park: The grant will
support the installation of two EV charging stations located at the
Constitution Court parking lot, serving patrons and employees along
Madison Street, the Village's main street.
Village of Fox River Grove: The grant will be
used to support driver safety initiatives through the purchase of
new solar-powered radar signs to deter speeding, and road flares
used to notify drivers in the event of a safety hazard.
Village of Lincolnwood: The grant will
support the purchase and installation of a new EV charging station
located in the Morse Avenue parking lot, serving patrons of Proesel
Park and the Village Hall Campus.
Village of Lombard: The grant will be used to
support installation of two new EV charging located within the
central business district—marking the first public charging
stations set to arrive to the Village.
Village of McCook: The grant will help
support the addition of solar-powered radar signs, equipped with
data collection technology, to help reduce high-speed motor traffic
that poses a danger to other drivers and pedestrians. This project
will enhance the Village’s enforcement efforts and protect
community safety near community playgrounds and parks, and in the
central business district.
Village of Niles: The grant will cover the
costs of a new EV charging station and designation parking station
on Church Street.
Village of Richmond: The grant will be used
to install Richmond's first electric vehicle charging station in
the downtown area, promoting the use of green transportation.
Village of Riverside: The grant will be used
to support construction of two new EV charging stations located
along East Burlington Street and Bloomingbank Road. Located near
the train station and Riverside’s Central Business District, this
project seeks to encourage green transportation by offering
charging options to commuters and visitors.
Village of Shabbona: The grant will be used
to support the addition of new speed radar signs to help alert
traffic near schools, which see a high volume of tractor trailers
due to the predominance of agriculture activity in the area.
Village of Wheeling: This grant will support
the purchase of a new dual port charging station located at
Wheeling Village Hall, serving employees as well as visitors free
of charge. This new charging station will help Wheeling deliver the
network of charging pace with growing demand for EVs, building on
existing charging stations currently located at the local train
Willowbrook Police Department: The grant will
help support the purchase of a new License Plate Reader Camera.
This technology will help police officers monitor speeding in
“In Rockford, we are focused on sustainability and stand in
support of developing needed transportation alternatives for our
region,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “That’s why we’re
thrilled to receive this grant for EV charging infrastructure that
will help to advance our community’s future readiness.”
“In the Village of Burnham, we are very concerned with safe
passage for our students in school zones and residents overall,”
said Burnham Mayor Robert Polk. “We sincerely appreciate
ComEd for assisting us with enhancing safety in our community
through this grant that will help us to install the new solar
powered radar speed monitor signs.”
The new funding to support clean transportation builds on
ComEd’s ongoing efforts to accelerate EV adoption for the region.
Last month, ComEd announced its Beneficial Electrification program,
which, pending approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission, would
provide $100 million annually to help communities promote equitable
access to EVs, lower costs of EV adoption for customers and
communities, and accelerate the buildout of a large network of EV
charging infrastructure serving the region.
In May, ComEd announced a $225,000 investment to support the
launch of the EV Ready Program – a joint initiative with the Metro
Mayors Caucus aimed at reducing barriers to EV technology by
helping communities to create policy and programs that support safe
and equitable integration across the region.
These and other EV capacity building efforts by ComEd will
support the goals of the recently enacted clean energy law in
Illinois, the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, which calls for
putting 1 million EVs on the road by 2030. For residential
customers who want to learn more about transitioning to EVs, ComEd
offers an EV toolkit.
For more information on the Powering Safe Communities program,
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