A future of many possibilities

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Advanced Grid Infrastructure

A Microgrid is a small power grid that can connect to the main grid or disconnect from it to keep locally generated power flowing in times of emergency. Microgrids also support the integration of distributed energy resources and renewables like solar photovoltaics and wind.

Smart LED Streetlights deliver greater energy efficiency and cost savings by consuming one-third of the energy used by the high pressure sodium and mercury vapor streetlights they replace. They also tap into the wireless smart meter network that allows for two-way communication with grid operators, allowing for remote control and dimming to improve safety and create savings.

Distribution Automation or "smart switches" help improve power reliability by automatically routing electricity around potential problem areas, reducing outage frequency and duration.

Smart meters operate on a digital communications network and provide information that helps customers manage energy consumption and costs, while providing access to money saving programs. The digital communication network will support smart street lighting systems that enable two-way communication of each connected streetlight for advanced monitoring and control. ComEd has completed smart meter installation in Bronzeville.

Connecting The Community

Public WiFi enables area residents to access the internet from just about everywhere.

EV Charging makes electric vehicles a smart and easier option for more residents while helping reduce CO2 emissions.

A Home Energy Portal provides personalized information that can lower bills and maintain home comfort levels. It helps customers be more efficient through energy management and new solutions like demand response.

Sensor-Based Technologies

Intelligent Waste Management helps municipal partners create smarter collecting routes by installing wireless sensors in waste or other containers, measuring the filling percentage and transmitting data to operators so they know the right time to schedule pick-up.

Disaster Management & Notification systems help first responders make more informed decisions and accelerate emergency response by accurately directing personnel to emergency locations.

Snow Removal Monitoring uses environmental sensors that measure and transmit surface road and temperature to municipal road crews, so they can more efficiently salt roads and schedule snow removal.

Air Quality Monitoring uses new sensor technology to gather community-level air quality, weather and noise data that can be used to develop solutions to impact quality of life.

Traffic Management systems use sensors and wireless technology to transmit information about traffic flow to make daily commutes more efficient and to save time.

Creating the New Energy Future

The ComEd smart grid program that got underway in 2012 has helped to modernize the 100-year old energy delivery system that serves nearly 4 million customers in northern Illinois. The smart grid is already producing great results for customers including record-breaking power reliability and faster restoration when outages do occur. ComEd is now leveraging this smarter, more flexible grid to introduce new technology and services that are emerging from the Center for Smart Grid Application, Research, and Technology (C-SMART) on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

ComEd is working with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on two grants it was awarded from the Department of Energy to develop and test microgrid technology that would support critical public infrastructure. A microgrid is a small power grid that can disconnect from the main grid to ensure that even during extreme weather or a cyber or physical attack, power will keep flowing to critical infrastructure, customers and businesses.

This summer, ComEd submitted a proposal to the Illinois Commerce Commission to construct a microgrid in Bronzeville and connect it to an existing microgrid on the IIT campus, creating one of the first microgrid clusters in the world.

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