ComEd Seeks Public Input on Proposed Transmission Line in Ogle, DeKalb, Kane
and DuPage Counties
CHICAGO, June 18, 2013
CHICAGO, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd today announced it will host
three open houses in July to seek input from the public regarding the
utility's proposed Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new 345,000 volt (345kV)
electric transmission line to be constructed between ComEd's existing
substations near the communities of Byron and Wayne. The new line will connect
these substations and travel across Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties and
will serve millions of customers in northern Illinois.
ComEd representatives will provide an overview of the project along with
criteria for selecting the route for the proposed transmission line, which
will include single-pole steel structures. Three sessions are scheduled:
oJuly 9 at the Kings Elementary School, 100 First St., Kings;
oJuly 10 at the South Elgin Lions Club, 500 Fulton St., South Elgin; and
oJuly 11 at the Sycamore Veterans Association, 121 S. California St.,
ComEd encourages the general public to attend the events anytime between 4
p.m. and 7 p.m. ComEd chose the locations to allow residents in each county to
participate, and each Open House will feature the same information. The
project study area can be viewed at ComEd.com/GrandPrairieGateway.
High-voltage electricity is moved across the electric grid by transmission
lines. PJM Interconnection, the independent regional transmission grid
operator and planner for the ComEd service territory, has selected the Grand
Prairie Gateway Project as the best solution for addressing current system
congestion and ensuring the continued efficient flow of electricity across
northern Illinois. The proposed line will alleviate congestion and reduce
costs. It also adds a third west-east path across the ComEd territory, which
provides ComEd with more options to meet customer needs.
"Just like highways that don't have enough lanes, transmission lines with
insufficient capacity become congested over time, creating a traffic jam that
blocks the flow of energy and increases the cost of delivering it to
customers," said Terence Donnelly, executive vice president and chief
operating officer, ComEd. "We're eager to meet with our customers, answer
their questions and explain the benefits this project will deliver for many
The project is needed for compliance with PJM and Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission regulations. It also requires approval by the Illinois Commerce
Commission (ICC) following a public proceeding. Through an integrated process
incorporating input from the public and community stakeholders, ComEd will
identify a primary route for the transmission line and at least one alternate
route with the project study area. The final route must be approved by the
ComEd expects to file a request for approval with the ICC before the end of
2013, and the Commission has up to 225 days to announce its decision. The
project is anticipated to be completed and begin service by June 2017.
More information is available at ComEd.com/GrandPrairieGateway or by calling
the project hotline at 1-877-279-4732.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider,
with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to
approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state's population.
Contact: ComEd Media Relations, (312) 394-3500
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