For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
CHICAGO (April 12, 2022) –ComEd and the City of Rochelle today announced the completion of a new substation that will support new electrical demand in the City of Rochelle's utility service territory. The new 4-acre substation on the south side of town supports the City of Rochelle's municipal electric system and will create capacity needed to support current and future industrial and commercial business customers operating in the region.
ComEd's ongoing grid investments are helping yield continued reliability improvements while preparing the region to accommodate growing business technology needs.
"Through our continued investments to expand and modernize the grid, ComEd is ensuring reliable, resilient energy to support over 9 million people in northern Illinois, while making the region more competitive for new business growth and the jobs that come with it," said Gil C. Quiniones, CEO of ComEd. "Thanks to our partnership with the City of Rochelle, this new substation will provide capacity needed to power new economic growth benefitting Rochelle and the region."
ComEd completed its portion of the project in March 2022, following a 20-month build. The $18 million project is comprised of design and construction of a new 138kV transmission line interconnection feeding a new 138kV substation. The project will enhance ComEd's transmission assets in the area.
"The City of Rochelle is proud to partner with ComEd to deliver added electrical capacity that will support business expansion plans in our city," said Rochelle Mayor John Bearrows. "The fact that this project was completed in less than two years during a pandemic is a testament to our partnership, and a strong commitment by ComEd and Rochelle Municipal Utilities to prepare their customers for the future. The new substation will allow Rochelle to better serve existing and planned customers and attract new businesses looking to invest, assuring them we have the infrastructure needed to scale for their demands today and in the years ahead."
This project marks the fourth new substation completed by ComEd in the past year alone, helping provide infrastructure needed to accommodate rapid growth of data center and other industries in northern Illinois. An estimated 40 jobs were created during construction on the Rochelle project, which was led by Lindblad Construction.
ComEd's industry-leading reliability is helping fuel significant business expansion across ComEd's northern Illinois service territory. In 2021 alone, ComEd's Economic Development Team helped support the launch of 16 new industrial projects representing 548 MW of new committed capacity-enough to otherwise power 155,000 homes. These new project commitments will support 4,700 new jobs and $3 billion in investment in the ComEd service territory.