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ComEd Makes Infrastructure Upgrade in DG

Company completes cable replacement project.

From ComEd:

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.

 
Kent Frederick December 29, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Do we know where in DG the cable was replaced?
Robert Bykowski December 29, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Kent, The question has been posed to ComEd...I'm waiting to hear back, and when I do, I'll let you know what they say. Robert
Robert Bykowski December 29, 2011 at 10:57 PM
From ComEd: Approximately 800 feet of underground cable was replaced near School St. and Herbert St. affecting approximately 70 customers. Approximately 400 feet of underground cable was replaced near Bonnie Brae Dr and Lancaster Ave. affecting 40 customers.
Janet December 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM
A pole in our backyard has been busted for 10 years and the wires are still hanging near the ground. Why can't they fix this pole because every wind storm makes it disconnent so the square block losses power.
Eric December 30, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I heard this press release on the radio this morning and they made it sound like they rewired the whole town. 110 total homes were upgraded, is that really it? They also mentioned residents should expect to see a rate increase to cover the cost of the upgrade. Again they made it sound like the whole town would be getting increases, I wonder if it's just the ones that were upgraded.
Scott C. December 30, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Progress is a good thing, no question about it. However, when a contracted service provider does what it is required to do (and in many cases does what is very long overdue), I think its telling of a sad state of affairs that they think it is press release worthy.
Robert Bykowski December 30, 2011 at 05:06 PM
they also sent out similar releases for work done in Woodridge, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton.
Scott C. December 30, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Of course they did. And truthfully, I don't blame them. Its important to acknowledge successes (we do it with stormwater project completion, park openings, etc.). But I think most people (including me) are rightfully skeptical of every move ComEd makes these days. They have a contractual obligation to maintain and improve infrastructure, so these should not be exciting accomplishments, they should be business as usual. But we all know that ComEd undertakes substantial PR and lobbying efforts (all funded by the fees we pay for electrical service)...because, in my opinion, they have failed to meet basic expectations and so try just a bit harder to make us feel good about what they do right. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful that when I flip a switch, it works 99% of the time. But the record is clear that they have not performed in the areas of infrastructure maintenance and upgrades for decades. Hence their need to issue press releases for what should be everyday work. Kinda sad. Lots of stories in these issues...wouldn't mind seeing more of them on the Patch.
Robert Bykowski December 30, 2011 at 08:37 PM
It's kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation regarding putting out these releases, though. If they don't send it, people would get upset wondering why there isn't better communication coming from ComEd regarding the issues they've had. If they do send it, though, the reaction is "why are they acting like doing their job is news?"
Sue Grabowski December 30, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Once again our power went out. About 1:45 the traffic lights went out and the homes on Carpenter and 55th are without power. Located in the area of Main & 55th. Where the tornado and high wind day went through. What is going on and what can be done about this?? Sue
Scott C. December 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Like I said, I don't begrudge them the press releases. I get it. But I guess the good thing about it being here on the Patch is that the rest of us can also chime in to point out that while it is indeed informative (and important in that regard) it isn't really newsworthy.
Elaine Johnson December 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM
@Scott C. I don't begrudge the press releases, either, but I'm old-school enough to prefer that Com Ed not report on Com Ed any more than the government should report on the government. That's the role for journalists to fulfill, right?
Scott C. December 31, 2011 at 06:47 AM
I agree Elaine. But ComEd has a well tuned PR machine. They do what they do. As I have shared with Robert via email, I would prefer to see articles that explore these issues further here on the Patch instead of regurgitated press releases. My concern is that there is a risk that people see what is posted here as "news" when it obviously isn't (its just a press release). But I have stopped looking for such news here and now look to TribLocal and elsewhere instead. I only found this post via the link posted by Martin Tully on Facebook.
Dan F. December 31, 2011 at 05:06 PM
"Yup here's the update for DG: We replaced thousands of miles of wires elsewhere. Only we haven't done that yet. But we double swear promise we will now that your politicians guaranteed we get a nice fat profit from all you suckers for doing it." So it's thousand of feet, not thousands of miles, because who cares what they do elsewhere. Fix the problems HERE, ComEd.
Dan F. December 31, 2011 at 05:14 PM
It's not a press release it's a Public Relations PR release patting themselves on the back for work they now promise they are planning to do. Not doing, not planning to do- promising to plan to do in the next five years. Expect spam PR releases from now on each time they think about lifting a finger.

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