ComEd launches training center as part of Smart Grid law

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ComEd is celebrating the opening of its new $8 million smart grid training facility.

Built as part of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), or the "Smart Grid bill," the facility will provide training on providing better service through a fully modernized electric grid to more than 500 utility employees a year.

The facility features a mock electrical substation; indoor and outdoor pole climbing yards with 30-foot utility poles and a 28-foot transmission tower; a full-size manhole rescue station; substation training areas with underground cable bays; a mock kitchen equipped with smart appliances; an auxiliary storm training center; and a meter shop complete with all major meter fittings.

"Members of the General Assembly who created and passed the Smart Grid bill in 2011 recognized that training and skill development to build a digital electric infrastructure will be essential," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and CEO. "As we modernize the electric grid, the Rockford training center will help our employees enhance their skills to monitor, manage and maintain a 21st century electric grid."

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