- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 29, 2009

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Commonwealth Edison says electricity use by northern Illinois customers dropped by 1 percent as people in buildings and homes dimmed their lights as part of Earth Hour.

Gov. Pat Quinn flipped a 4-foot-tall light switch in Chicago Saturday to kick off the 60-minute annual event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Hundreds of communities throughout the state participated in the international campaign to highlight the need for conservation.

ComEd says its 3.8 million customers saved about 100 megawatt hours of electricity. It says that’s equivalent to the removal of around 154,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The WWF says 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries participated in Earth Hour this year.

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