ComEd continues storm hardening efforts in Darien

Under the Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act, ComEd is investing $2.6 billion over 10 years to modernize the power system with digital technology and to replace, refurbish and upgrade electric equipment across northern Illinois.

As a result of this program, ComEd has improved reliability across northern Illinois. Throughout the ComEd system, grid modernization and storm hardening efforts contributed to nearly 300,000 avoided interruptions in 2013. In Darien, the smart grid and storm hardening work has contributed to 925 avoided outages in 2013, via:

• Installation of 15 distribution automation devices which detect issues and re-route power often with no noticeable interruption in service. ComEd is planning 15 additional installations in 2014.

• Refurbished or replacement of more than 23,000 feet of URD cable. In 2014, more than 40,000 feet of URD cable installation is planned for the year.

• Installation of 2,700 feet of spacer cable as part of the storm hardening program, which is a stronger, more tree-resistant type of cable.

“The modernized grid is contributing to reduced outages and delivering cost savings related to outages to our customers,” said Fidel Marquez, senior vice president, governmental and external affairs for ComEd. “We are working with officials in Darien to identify areas where we can make the greatest impact in improving reliability and storm response. More than 500,000 customer outages were avoided since investments began in 2012.”

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