CHICAGO (Dec. 28, 2011) – As a part of ComEd’s ongoing investment in its electric system, the company has completed a cable replacement project aimed at enhancing service reliability for Downers Grove customers by reducing the frequency and duration of outages.
ComEd replaced approximately 1,200 feet of underground cable in an infrastructure upgrade, helping improve system performance in the area.
ComEd will begin additional work throughout northern Illinois in January as part of its implementation of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act recently enacted by the General Assembly. Under its ambitious grid modernization program, the company will invest $1.3 billion to strengthen the existing power grid serving northern Illinois by replacing thousands of miles of cable and poles and upgrading substations and equipment. The company will spend another $1.3 billion to digitize the electric system, including distribution automation devices that will automatically reroute power around a problem; install a smart meter in every home and utilize other Smart Grid technologies.
The investments will help ComEd significantly reduce outages and help save customers money.
Over the past decade, ComEd has invested approximately $10 billion in its electric system, reducing service interruptions by nearly 40 percent.