ComEd plans to add capacity in Rockford area

Utility company nears completion of $750,000 in special electrical projects

To meet growing electrical demand in and around Rockford and Loves Park, ComEd is nearing completion of $750,000 in special electrical projects designed to enhance system capacity and service reliability for area customers.

These projects include the installation and upgrade of more than 2 miles of distribution line, including along Harlem and Harvey roads in Loves Park and along the Interstate 90 on the east side of Rockford. This work will add about 8 megawatts of distribution capacity, which is enough to serve more than 1,800 residential customers. The projects also will reduce the number and duration of potential local outages, especially during the peak summer usage periods.

“We are committed to keeping our customers’ lights on, and through major system investments like this, we are able to enhance reliability for our customers,” said John Costello, ComEd’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “In addition, when outages occur, we will remain committed to restoring service as quickly as possible.”

Since 2000, ComEd has invested about $4.7 billion to expand, upgrade and maintain the reliability of its system serving 3.8 million customers in Northern Illinois.

In addition to infrastructure investments, the company performs regular maintenance work to ensure reliable electricity delivery, such as vegetation maintenance to free electrical lines from interference, system engineering to achieve optimal equipment operations, and regular visual inspections of above-ground electrical lines.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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