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Illinois utility to deploy 4 million smart grid meters in 10 years

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison says it plans to install an additional 130,000 smart grid meters along the Eisenhower Expressway corridor by late summer 2012, while another 370,000 customers will have the new smart grid technology installed by 2013, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

By 2014, the utility says it will have installed 520,000 units, and over the course of the next decade, ComEd's entire North Illinois customer base of 4 million will be outfitted with the new system. However, the plan is still subject to approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission, the news provider stated.

ComEd officials say the new smart grid-based meters could result in $2.6 billion in savings in the next 20 years.

The installation is a part of a growing national trend to integrate smart grid technologies with an aging electric infrastructure. While consumer-facing projects, such as smart meters, are being deployed at a higher rate than in the past, studies have shown that the most growth will be in behind-the-scenes improvements, such as substation automation and use of intelligent electronic devices in substations.

SUBNET works with utilities to ensure such installations are performed securely and efficiently, and helps companies comply with constantly changing federal regulations. 

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