ComEd has upgraded its substation in the village of Itasca, Illinois, as part of an initiative to expand the utility’s grid infrastructure to meet growing energy demands.The upgrades include the installation of a new ‘Intelligent Substation Dashboard’ to enable ComEd to improve management of grid assets in real-time. The new dashboard will help ComEd to quickly identify and respond to faults within the distribution network.
In addition, the upgraded substation will allow an increase in energy capacity loaded within the distribution network.
ComEd will increase load by adding additional capacity equivalent to energy powering 80,000 residential homes, in the five-mile area.
ComEd anticipates energy demand to increase in Itasca due to growth in construction and operation of data centers and businesses in Elk Grove and western O’Hare.
John Carpenter, CEO of General contractor, Choose DuPage, said: “The western O’Hare market and the projected growth of 65,000 new jobs by 2040 in the new Illinois 390 toll way corridor is an important initiative for Choose DuPage."
Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, added: “With ComEd’s electricity capacity expansion projects underway, existing and future businesses will have the confidence that power requirements can be met now and well in to the future.”
The project falls under efforts by ComEd to modernise its grid with smart grid technologies to ensure grid reliability and meet energy efficiency and renewable energy goals set under the Future Energy Jobs Act.
The utility serves 6.6 million customers of which 3.8 million are in northern Illinois.
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