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ComEd files massive smart grid development plan with Illinois Commission

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, January 09, 2012

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has officially filed its 10-year $2.6 billion smart grid infrastructure plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission, Utilities Retail reports.

According to the news source, the utility will invest $1.3 billion to enhance the current electric system and another $1.3 billion on digital meters and other smart grid technologies. The filing also included a 2012 investment plan of $233 million to build a smart grid test bed, which will allow entrepreneurs to test their grid projects, intelligent technologies and services.

"Our entire organization is now focused on kicking off the critical construction programs laid out in the legislation," Pramaggiore said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 470 distribution automation devices will be installed in 2012, allowing the company to automatically reroute power. The new grid will allow the utility to fix problems consumers currently must wait hours or even days to have solved.

SUBNET enables utilities to benefit from substation automation by greatly increasing operational efficiency, and also helps ensure company's adhere to strict requirements established by the North America Electric Reliability Corporation. 

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