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updated: 12/27/2011 1:12 PM

ComEd announces Northwest suburban upgrade projects

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ComEd Thursday announced several infrastructure upgrades in the Northwest suburbs aimed at reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.

Crews will be replacing underground cable in five projects expected to be completed in January. ComEd is replacing approximately 17,900 feet of cable in Arlington Heights; 7,400 feet in Buffalo Grove; 1,500 feet in Inverness; 5,000 feet in Rolling Meadows; and 650 feet in Schaumburg.

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The infrastructure upgrades under way are a part of ComEd's ongoing investment in its electric system.

Upcoming, though, are major upgrades throughout Northern Illinois as part of ComEd's implementation of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act recently enacted by the General Assembly.

ComEd plans to invest $1.3 billion to strengthen the existing power grid by replacing thousands of miles of cables and poles and upgrading its substations and equipment.

The company will then spend another $1.3 billion to digitize the electric system, including distribution automation devices that will automatically reroute power around a problem, install a smart meter in every home and utilize other Smart Grid technologies.

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