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Telecommunications Energy Savings

Improve your telecom operations through the integration and implementation of energy-efficient projects that save you money and energy. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program can guide you through the process.

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Customer service is the lifeline of your business. Keep your telecom processes running efficiently by upgrading your telecom systems and equipment and improving your facility operations.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program offers incentives on a variety of upgrades. Our telecommunications-focused energy advisors can also provide free recommendations for energy efficiency improvements, so you can make informed decisions to best support your company and customer needs.

Possible Upgrade Projects

  • Rectifiers
  • Lighting upgrades
  • HVAC right-sizing
  • Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC)
  • Economization
  • Fan optimization
  • Network combing
  • Airflow management
  • Switch and dial tone generation-related equipment upgrades

Who Qualifies

Members of the Illinois Telecommunication Association identified as small/medium telecom providers and the Society of Cable and Telecom Engineers members referenced as large internet service providers/cable providers qualify for this offering. Customers who provide these services but are not members of these associations may also qualify.

Make the right call for your facility

  • Improve system redundancy
  • Identify facility development opportunities
  • Enhance your facility’s operations and performance

Sample Upgrades

Upgrades like those shown below are popular ways to save energy in telecom facilities. Many other upgrades are available, so ask your energy advisor about what can best help you.

Equipment Standard Efficiency Premium Efficiency Estimated Project Cost Estimated Annual Energy Savings* Simple Payback**
CLEC/ILEC switch migration EWSD telephone exchange Soft switch $200,000/switch (total cost) $30,000/switch 6.8 years
UPS system retrofit 60%-80% partially loaded 93%-96% partially loaded down to 25% load $2,500/kW output (total cost) $800/kW output 1.7 years
Economization retrofit with dry coolers Mechanical cooling year round Free cooling majority of the year
$6,500/ton of cooling (total cost) $1,400/ton of cooling 3.3 years
HVAC operation and maintenance improvements Standard maintenance and operation procedures (MOPs) Enhances maintenance and operation procedures (MOPs) No cost - Internal labor only 1%-3% of utility bill 
2X4 troffer lighting Fluorescent LED $170/fixture $80/fixture 1.8 years

*Estimated annual energy savings based on $0.10/kWh
**Simple payback includes financial incentives through ComEd

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Your facility’s operating systems need to be reliable all day, every day. There’s no room for downtime. Energy efficiency upgrades provide cost savings without slowing down your operation.

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Call us at 1-855-433-2700 during normal business hours to speak with a ComEd Energy Efficiency Program representative.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded in compliance with state law.

Offers are subject to change.

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