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Rahm Emanuel to Keynote 'Empowering Customers & Cities' Event

To Discuss Energy Transformation Taking Place Throughout Chicago and the World on November 4 at 5:30 p.m. CT

One month ahead of the world climate summit in Paris, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, will discuss the efforts his administration is mounting to make Chicago one of the world's leading sustainable cities.

The mayor will keynote Penton's Empowering Customers & Cities event (, a three-day landmark conference developed to chart a course for the future of energy usage and delivery, will take place Nov. 4-6, 2015 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago. To register, visit:

On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. CT, Mayor Emanuel will present "Chicago: America's Energy Hub – Powering Urban Revitalization." He will share his vision for the energy transformation that is taking place throughout Chicago, from streetlights to energy efficiency efforts and the launch of microgrids.  

Mayor Emanuel was a key driver in the development of UI LABS and will offer insight into this research and commercialization collaborative that is bringing experts together to deliver solutions to future challenges.

"Chicago is proving that growing our economy and making our city more sustainable is not a zero-sum game," Mayor Emanuel said. "Instead we are making our economy stronger, our neighborhoods healthier, and our city more sustainable all at the same time."

ComEd President and CEO, Anne Pramaggiore, opens the conference on Thursday, Nov. 5, where she will speak about how the company's leading Smart Grid program is laying the groundwork for the next wave of transformation featuring Smart City technologies, Smart Neighborhoods other initiatives designed to meet the demands of the 21st century digital economy. 

Marty Rosenberg, Editorial Director, The Energy Times and Co-Chair, Empowering Customers & Cities stated, "Chicago is a stunning laboratory of change on the energy and sustainability front. Much of the city's efforts are a direct result of policies and initiatives launched by Mayor Emanuel since he took office five years ago."

"We are pleased the Mayor has accepted our invitation to kick off our Empowering Customers & Cities event. It is attracting a cross section of key players on the Chicago and Illinois energy front as well as utility leaders from across America and as far off as Hong Kong and Amsterdam," Rosenberg added.

Empowering Customers & Cities is designed for the entire energy ecosystem including utilities, policy makers, energy providers and large energy consumers for collaboration around urban infrastructure solutions and insight sharing from those leading the way in transforming their businesses.

To learn more about the event, visit Use code "ENERGY2" when registering.

Media interested in obtaining media credentials to attend Empowering Customers & Cities, contact Angie Gates at [email protected].

Empowering Customers & Cities sponsors include: Accenture, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), ComEd, Kansas City Power & Light, Burns & McDonnell, Oracle Utilities, S & C Electric Company, Quanta Services, Silver Spring Networks, E Source and ISEN Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

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