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For Immediate Release


ComEd Media Relations


Upgraded Substation in Itasca Supports Ongoing Area Growth

ITASCA, Ill. – July 26, 2018 – To support the increase in data center growth in the Itasca and Elk Grove Village, Ill., areas, ComEd recently completed and livened an expanded substation there. ComEd's newly expanded facility will increase energy capacity for people who live and work within an approximate five-mile area – enough new capacity to serve the equivalent of 80,000 residential homes.

"Completion of this energy project will help Itasca benefit from the projected growth in the western O'Hare market resulting from the new Illinois 390 tollway corridor," said Jeff Pruyn, Mayor of Itasca.  "We will be able to leverage ComEd's substation expansion as another reason for businesses to grow in the area."

ComEd has multiple existing substations serving customers in the area and goes through an annual short- (five-year) and long-range (10-year) planning process to assess expected growth in electricity demand based on economic forecast modeling and actual customer usage.

"It is critical we anticipate and support businesses and industry looking to expand and grow in northern Illinois," said Sheila Owens, vice president of economic and business development at ComEd. "Providing reliable energy delivery services, access to competitive energy markets, and innovative energy efficiency programs helps us meet our commitments to our customers and the communities we serve."  

Long-range capacity plans for the area call for construction of another new ComEd substation in north Elk Grove Village in the future.

​ComEd's grid modernization program, called Smart Grid, has contributed to record reliability for customers over the last five years. Now the company is focused on implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act, ground-breaking legislation that will build on the smart grid foundation to help move Illinois to a clean energy future and provide greater access to renewables, energy efficiency and valuable job training within Illinois communities.


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