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​Exelon advocates for sound public energy policies that best balance the interests of our customers, shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. We support sensible, forward-thinking policies at the local, state, regional and federal levels. Public policy should enable the industry to provide reliable, clean and affordable energy and achieve a brighter, more sustainable future.

 

 

Exelon Adopts Industry-Leading Family Leave Benefits For Parents And CaregiversExelon Adopts Industry-Leading Family Leave Benefits For Parents And Caregivers<div><strong>​CHICAGO </strong>— In recognition of the challenges many employees face balancing work and family responsibilities, Exelon has announced expanded company leave policies that provide additional paid time off to eligible employees following the birth or adoption of a child or when a family member is critically ill. The progressive new package for eligible full-time employees will provide mothers who have given birth with up to 16 weeks of paid leave. New fathers and adoptive parents will receive up to eight weeks of paid leave. Primary caregivers will also be able to take two weeks of paid leave to care for a family member with a critical health condition. The new benefits program will be effective on January 1, 2017.</div><div><br></div><div>While Exelon already offered a competitive benefits package that included family leave options, adoption assistance and caregiver support, the new policies are part of the company’s continuing effort to identify opportunities to strengthen its employee programs. </div><div><br></div><div>“Exelon’s updated leave policies reflect our position and values as an innovative, forward-thinking, people-focused organization,” said Chris Crane, president and CEO of Exelon. “We believe our employees are the best in the business and we will continue to invest in programs and policies that enable them to be successful and that make Exelon their workplace of choice.” </div><div><br></div><div>“We are excited to see leading companies, like Exelon, recognize and take action that supports women, men and families in meaningful ways,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.  “As the National Partnership moves forward with efforts to secure federal legislation that creates a national paid family and medical leave standard, we will look to companies that have taken the lead in implementing family-friendly policies to help us articulate the importance, value and return on investment of helping families take the time they need when serious family and medical needs arise.”  </div><div><br></div><div>The update of Exelon’s family leave benefits closely follows and aligns with another significant corporate action that supports working parents and all employees. Earlier in December, Exelon announced a first-time partnership with the White House as a signatory to the Equal Pay Pledge, an initiative to encourage major companies to take action and commit their support to closing the national gender pay gap.  As part of Exelon’s commitment, the company conducted an organization-wide gender pay analysis of all occupations and will renew this analysis on an annual basis. </div><div><br></div><div>Exelon is committed to implementing programs to attract and retain the very best talent to continue to drive growth across our diverse businesses.  To learn more about Exelon’s employee benefits and innovative workplace policies and practices, visit <a href="/careers/Pages/default.aspx">exeloncorp.com/careers</a>.</div><div><br></div>http://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/exelon-adopts-industry-leading-family-leave-benefits-for-parents-and-caregivers12/19/2016 12:00:00 PM
Future Energy Jobs Bill Already Delivering Job Growth, Economic ImpactFuture Energy Jobs Bill Already Delivering Job Growth, Economic Impact<div><strong>CLINTON AND QUAD CITIES, Ill.</strong> — One week after the Future Energy Jobs Bill was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the legislation is already delivering new jobs and economic benefits to the region. Exelon plans to fast track multiple capital projects at the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plants to enhance long-term equipment reliability, improve safety and ensure regulatory compliance. </div><div><br></div><div>“Now that it’s been enacted into law, the Future Energy Jobs Bill is already starting to create jobs and economic growth for Illinois families and businesses,” said Bryan Hanson, Exelon Generation’s Chief Nuclear Officer. “These plants are massive economic engines in their local communities, generating approximately $1.2 billion in economic impact each year. That will only increase once we get these large capital projects underway.”</div><div><br></div><div>The Quad Cities project list includes installation of a hardened venting system, plant computer upgrades, and enhancements to the control room simulator, which is used to train reactor operators. The Clinton list includes upgrades to the plant’s main generator, replacement of an auxiliary transformer and upgrades to a pump motor that controls water flow outside the reactor. These projects and others were cancelled or put on hold as Exelon prepared to retire Clinton in June 2017 and Quad Cities the following year. However, under the new law, these projects are back on track.</div><div><br></div><div>Exelon will hire more than 400 permanent employees to assist with the capital projects. These hires are in addition to the more than 3,000 electricians, pipe fitters, welders, laborers and contractors hired each year to perform refueling outages at the plants. Many of these workers come from local union halls. </div><div><br></div><div>“Opponents of the Future Energy Jobs Bill called it a bailout, but that’s a ridiculous argument,” said Rory Washburn, executive director of the Quad Cities area’s Tri City Building Trades Council. “This legislation is already creating good paying jobs for Illinois families and leveling the playing field so our safe and well run nuclear facilities can compete fairly with other subsidized sources of clean energy.”</div><div><br></div><div>The Future Energy Jobs Bill was passed by the Illinois legislature Dec. 1 and was signed by Gov. Rauner on Dec. 7. The measure ensures the continued operations of Clinton and Quad Cities for at least 10 years and protects 4,200 related jobs. The legislation also preserves competitive rates in Illinois, expands energy efficiency programs to drive customer savings, and positions Illinois as a leader in zero-carbon electricity. The bill provides stable, predictable funding for renewable development, providing $180 million per year — growing to $220 million per year — in funding for renewable resources, including new wind power, large-scale solar power, and rooftop and community solar.</div><div><br></div><div>The bill received broad support from more than 200 business, labor, environmental, faith-based and other groups, including the AFL-CIO, IBEW, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Retail Merchants Association. It also had support from members of the Clean Jobs Coalition, including the Citizens Utility Board, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund and others. </div><div><br></div><div>“The Future Energy Jobs Bill is wonderful news for area businesses,” said Marian Brisard, executive director of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Restarting these capital projects will bring new jobs, millions in local purchasing and heavy foot traffic back to area retailers.”</div><div><br></div><div>Along with preserving two of the state’s reliable and efficient nuclear power plants, passage of the bill secures competitive electric rates, protects and creates good-paying jobs, and spurs billions of dollars in investment in clean energy and energy efficiency across the state. It also levels the playing field with solar and wind energy by valuing the zero-carbon energy produced by the nuclear facilities. Ninety percent of the zero-carbon energy produced in Illinois comes from the state’s nuclear facilities. ​​​​</div>http://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/fejb-econ-impact-rls12/14/2016 6:00:00 PM
Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Holds Hearing on Next Generation Energy Plan to Support State’s Clean Energy Future Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee Holds Hearing on Next Generation Energy Plan to Support State’s Clean Energy Future <p><strong>SPRINGFIELD, Ill.</strong>— The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee today held a hearing on Senate Bill 1585 – the Next Generation Energy Plan –legislation that would drive Illinois' clean energy future while saving and creating jobs and strengthening the state's economy.  </p><p>An outgrowth of months of still ongoing discussions between Exelon Generation, ComEd, and members of the Clean Jobs Coalition, the Next Generation Energy Plan advances the goals of a host of stakeholders by delivering clean energy, jumpstarting solar development, nearly doubling energy efficiency, providing for $1 billion in low-income assistance, and securing the future of Illinois' nuclear plants.</p><p>Labor leaders, low-income advocates, community leaders, and grid security experts attended today's hearing to advocate for the bill, while key leaders within the Clean Jobs Coalition voiced support for important aspects of SB1585 and for a path forward for this comprehensive energy bill for the state. </p><p>"After months of sitting at the table with members of the Clean Jobs Coalition, listening and responding to their interests, I was encouraged to see our responsiveness and openness acknowledged during today's hearing," said Fidel Marquez, senior vice president, Governmental and Community Affairs, ComEd.  "Even since SB1585 was filed last month, we have had productive conversations on the remaining open issues regarding the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard, and we remain hopeful this bill can be passed shortly to drive our state's clean energy future while saving and creating clean jobs." </p><p>"Illinois needs a comprehensive energy strategy that will help retain and grow jobs, contribute to a robust economy, reduce harmful air emissions and grow renewable energy—while providing funding for those most in need," said Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago. "I commend my colleague Senator Don Harmon, sponsor of the Clean Jobs Bill, for his leadership toward ensuring the great progress made by all parties has a path forward in the General Assembly.  This bill is the right framework to help our state build on its clean energy leadership and maintain our nuclear fleet.  I know that there are important issues that are still unresolved, and I pledge to work with all interested stakeholders to pass legislation to ensure Illinois' energy future remains bright."</p><p> "I urge the members of the Illinois General Assembly to take up and pass the Next Generation Energy Plan before the end of the spring. Thousands of Illinois workers are counting on you -- the General Assembly -- to protect our jobs," said Michael Carrigan, president, Illinois AFL-CIO. "The AFL-CIO stands ready to work to pass energy legislation that will both preserve our energy industry job base in Illinois as well as position our great state to take advantage of future opportunities for growth."</p><p> "We thank Senators Trotter, Harmon, and Lightford for their leadership and efforts to bring diverse interests together to enact legislation that will support clean energy for Illinois families and businesses," said Joe Dominguez, executive vice president, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon. "We also commend the leadership of Chairperson Hunter, Minority Spokesperson Rezin, and their committee colleagues for the discussion and debate regarding this important policy initiative.  We support this bill because it ensures that the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear power plants, which employ thousands of highly skilled workers and produce reliable, zero emission electricity, remain a vital part of Illinois' economy and communities in which they operate." </p><p>For more information or to read the testimony, visit <a href="http://www.nextgenerationenergyplan.com/">www.NextGenerationEnergyPlan.com</a></p>http://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/ngep-hearing5/19/2016 3:00:00 PM