A GREEN COMMUNITY
Green projects aim to reduce harmful environmental impact by promoting renewable energy and beneficial electrification. They simultaneously work to mitigate the effects of climate change on a macro scale and improve public health within a local community. This page will delve into the green initiatives being undertaken in Bronzeville, the technologies and projects that promote public health using clean, sustainable energy.
Phase I of the DASH Mobility Pilot rose from a community-identified problem of senior mobility challenges within Bronzeville. Phase I was designed to study the impact of electric vehicle (EV) adoption on ComEd’s grid reliability and identify potential opportunities to leverage the charging technology in supporting demand response programs. The pilot program was comprised of one electric vehicle (EV) providing first-mile/last-mile transportation for senior residents at three senior buildings in Bronzeville. The pilot also represented an opportunity to measure economic development impact through created jobs and environmental impact through avoided carbon dioxide emissions. The DASH Mobility Pilot is on hold due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
With EV adoption in the community on track to increase, ComEd is enhancing charging infrastructure within the Community of the Future, with consideration for the impact this will have on both the grid and the community. The Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) and Curbside Residential Charging Toolkit project is being developed to evaluate and implement innovative, cost-effective, and flexible charging solutions that can be expanded to enhance residential MUD and curbside plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging systems. Utilizing a Department of Energy grant, ComEd is in the process of installing 5 public chargers to encourage community use and provide a clean, safe transportation service for the neighborhood.