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Illinois city strives to lead in smart grid initiatives

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The small enclave of Naperville, Illinois, is quickly becoming a leader in the U.S. in its plans to update its aging power supply infrastructure, according to a published report.

The Naperville Sun reports that Naperville city officials are in the process of developing an exhaustive set of designs for its electric grid. Currently, the city has an aging infrastructure - like many U.S. cities - but with further investment and strategic upgrades, the city is on track to overhaul its network of transmission and distribution lines.

The upgrades to its critical infrastructure will be met with similar updates to its cyber security protocols, according to the news source. With the number of electric vehicles in the U.S. projected to surge over the coming years, there will be increased demand for additional automated substations and neighborhood feeders, and Naperville is preparing for it.

ComEd, which is one of the state's biggest utilities, estimates that Naperville will be one of the leading communities in the state for electric vehicles, and an improved electricity supply network is critical to fueling their adoption. 

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