ComEd – poles, poles and more poles
ComEd is hailing a 200 percent increase in the number of pole replacements and reinforcements it completed in its service territory in 2012.
ComEd replaced and reinforced more than 2,700 wood poles to make its electric system more storm resistant and reduce customer power outages. In addition, ComEd inspected and treated more than 137,000 poles. Treated wood poles – typically up to 70 feet tall – are an integral part of ComEd's distribution system.
"Utility poles are the foundation for our above-ground system," said Terence Donnelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer, ComEd. "This work is critically important in strengthening the electric grid. We are improving the reliability of our electric system…[including] preparing for damaging storms."
ComEd is investing $2.6 billion to upgrade and improve the reliability of its system as part of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA). In 2012 alone, the utility:
- Installed more than 470 distribution automation devices, or "smart switches," which avoided 82,000 customer interruptions last year
- Replaced more than 46 miles of mainline cable -- around four times the annual average
- Assessed 8,000 manholes and refurbished more than 4,500
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ComEd plans 10-year, multi-billion dollar upgrade