As far as I am aware, no one? Very few people? have ever successfully claimed reimbursement from Commonweath Edison for damages (spoiled food, etc.) from a power outage caused by storms. Artie is wondering if that has changed given some 2013 articles such as this NBC Chicago report stating that ComEd could be held liable for some damages from a 2011 storm.
In a two-year legal battle that followed six torrential storms in 2011 and left hundreds of thousands of ComEd’s customers without power for hours and sometimes days, the ruling would force ComEd to reimburse consumers for spoiled groceries and local governments for municipal costs.
Public law states that in the event that more than 30,000 customers experience an outage for four or more hours, the utility company is responsible for compensation to affected consumers and local municipalities. Companies are exempt when unpreventable weather conditions cause damage, however.
ComEd argued that the outages were due to unpredictable weather and the company was cleared for five out of six storms alleged in the case. The ICC said ComEd was not liable for outages caused by broken tree limbs, lightning and other weather-related issues, but that many of the outages experienced in the severe weather on July 11, 2011, were as a result of company failures such as lack of maintenance.
The ComEd claim form can be found here. It does state that damages from storms, etc., will not be reimbursed except possibly in certain special circumstances outlined on the form.