Chicago, Aug. 8, 2012 — Building on the assets that have made Chicagoland and northern Illinois a top market for data centers, ComEd has launched anew energy efficiency program that will spur regional business development in the digital economy sector.
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.
Data centers are the large facilities used to house computer servers and other systems that power our modern, digital economy. They also are major consumers of energy, requiring a great deal of electricity to both power and cool equipment. They can consume 100-200 times more electricity than standard office spaces.
ComEd has two dedicated account managers who are specialists within the data center industry. They currently serve as energy liaisons to over 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.
The combination of a skilled workforce, a strong fiber optic infrastructure, a large peering network among fiber optic providers and high financial and enterprise server demand from a large base of Fortune 500 companies and financial businesses, including 28 located in the metropolitan area, have contributed to the Chicago area's popularity as a location for data centers.