Smart Grid

Powerful storms snapped the flagpole and utility pole, and blew out windows at Earlville High School on the night of June 30. (Credit: CBS)

ComEd: SmartGrid Reduced Outages During Last Week’s Storms

Officials at ComEd said, believe it or not, power outages from last week’s severe storms could have been worse, if not for the new “smart grid” upgrades the utility has made in the past few years.


ComEd Power Yard

ComEd ‘Smart Grid’ Work To Bring 1,000 Jobs To Chicago

ComEd said Wednesday that it is bringing 1,000 new jobs to the area as part of a $1 billion improvement plan, nearly half of them to be made available in the next year.

CBS Chicago–01/04/2012

ComEd Voltage Sign (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Override Quinn’s Veto Of ‘Smart Grid’ Legislation

Overriding a veto from Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois lawmakers have given power companies in Illinois authority to raise rates every year for the next decade to pay for modernizing the state’s power grid.


A ComEd truck parked behind a home after storms caused power outages on June 21, 2011.  (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers To Resume Debate On ComEd ‘Smart-Grid’ Bill

Lawmakers will again be debating Senate Bill 1652, the Smart Grid legislation, this week.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Fighting To Sustain Veto Of ComEd ‘Smart Grid’ Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll fight to sustain his veto of the “Smart Grid” bill pushed by ComEd, saying the veto is all that stands between the public and exorbitant utility rates.

CBS Chicago–10/14/2011

(Photo by By: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

‘Smart Grid’ Bill Supporters Working To Override Quinn’s Veto

Supporters of the recently vetoed “Smart Grid” bill are trying to garner enough support to override the governor, and the efforts may be working.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2011

ComEd Power Yard

UPDATED: Quinn Vetoes Bill That Would Hike Electric Rates

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed controversial legislation that would have changed the way ComEd rates are determined in order to pay for a so-called “smart grid.”

CBS Chicago–09/12/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

ComEd ‘Smart Grid’ Bill Reaches Quinn’s Desk, Gov Vows Veto

Now that the legislature has finally sent Gov. Pat Quinn a bill that would raise electric rates to help pay to modernize Illinois’ power grid, Governor Quinn is making no secret that he will veto it.

WBBM Newsradio–08/31/2011

Power Electricity Generic

Naperville Residents Have Doubts About Electrical Smart Grid

As Naperville moves closer to an electric smart grid, some residents are complaining about the wireless meters the city is installing.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2011

ComEd Power Yard

Expert: ComEd ‘Smart Grid’ Would Reduce Outage Times

Could a “smart grid” have helped get ComEd customers’ power back online faster? One expert says yes.

WBBM Newsradio–07/12/2011

Illinois House Floor

Illinois House OKs Electric Increase, Veto Possible

The Illinois House approved a controversial measure Monday backed by Commonwealth Edison to raise electricity rates to pay for the modernization of its power grid, but there weren’t enough votes to turn back a threatened veto by Gov. Pat Quinn.