Applications are now open for Spark Clean Energy’s first programs, including a national innovation competition presented by ComEd and Exelon
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CHICAGO (September 12, 2014)– Spark Clean Energy has announced the first cycle of applications to two programs available to undergraduate and graduate students across the United States. Presented by Chicago-based electric utility ComEd and its parent company Exelon, the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, the [Em]Powering Grid Resilience Student Innovation Prize is a search for innovative solutions to improve the two-way communications between customers and the utility in order to bring about a more resilient and responsive electrical grid.
“The electric grid of the future will transform how customers manage their energy use and interact with their electric utilities,” said Sonny Garg, senior vice president and chief information and innovation officer of Exelon. “The best ideas for making that transformation will come from the next generation of leaders, and we’re excited to offer students the opportunity to propose their innovative solutions.”
Participants in this innovation competition have the opportunity to compete for $15,000 in prize money, as well as a VIP trip to the U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. In addition, winning participants may be invited to work with ComEd and Exelon to implement their solutions. Submissions to this competition will be accepted until November 10, 2014, with winners announced in January 2015.
“We are excited to partner with Spark Clean Energy to offer this program to students,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd. “We are investing $2.6 billion to build a smart grid in northern Illinois, and as we continue to upgrade and improve our system reliability through this investment, we are dedicated to finding innovative solutions that will bring added value to our customers, our partnership with the Spark Clean Energy competition is an example of this.”
Spark Clean Energy is also pleased to accept submissions to the 2014 Spark Clean Energy Fellowship, a six month long program to bring student energy leaders together at the BERC Energy Symposium and MIT Energy Conference. This expert group of students will work in small teams to design and implement services and programs to help strengthen the national student energy community, creating a bridge between universities, nonprofits, and the energy industry. Applications for the Spark Clean Energy Fellowship are due September 28.
“Spark Clean Energy was founded on the principle that in order to be successful in energy, students deserve a lower barrier to entry and opportunities to think critically, across disciplines, about the global future of energy,” said Mark Silberg, Founder and Executive Director of Spark Clean Energy, “Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of emerging student leaders, and to help empower a new generation of thoughtful and diverse innovators and entrepreneurs. We will continue to consolidate resources, cultivate expertise, and drive student talent to the dynamic community of energy and sustainability organizations and companies.”
Learn more about these programs and Spark Clean Energy at sparkcleanenergy.org
Spark Clean Energy is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2014. Through its programs and partnerships, Spark Clean Energy is empowering students across the United States to apply their talents to clean energy innovation and entrepreneurship. Visit sparkcleanenergy.org for more.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.