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ComEd upgrades  Oswego cables, expects Smart Grid work soon

Updated: February 2, 2012 8:11AM

ComEd has replaced 2,200 feet of underground cable in an infrastructure upgrade aimed at reducing the frequency and duration of outages around Oswego, the company said this week.

ComEd said it will begin additional work throughout northern Illinois in January as part of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act recently approved by the General Assembly.

Under the grid modernization program, the utility will invest $1.3 billion to strengthen the existing power grid by replacing thousands of miles of cable and poles and upgrading substations and equipment.

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

The infrastructure upgrades are expected to significantly reduce outages and save customers money.

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