Commonwealth Edison wants to push forward with its smart grid plan. Unfortunately for the utility, that plan continues to face a number of obstacles.
When the Illinois legislature overturned Governor Pat Quinn's veto of a $3.2 billion grid modernization bill and passed it into law in 2011, ComEd brought a massive 10-year rate request for its smart grid project to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC then voted to reject a sizable portion of rate request formula, prompting ComEd to postpone significant aspects of the project, such as the smart meter program, until it could come up with the required funding.
Earlier this year, the Illinois legislature drafted a bill that clarifies the language of the 2011 smart grid law. ComEd says the current bill would get the smart grid project back on track without delay. But the bill now sits before Governor Quinn, who is expected to veto it.
As ComEd's smart grid project reaches a crossroads, Utility Dive brings our readers a by-the-numbers breakdown of ComEd's plans, progress and what's left:
10 years: Amount of time in which ComEd planned to complete its grid modernization project.
2 years ago: When ComEd's smart meter rollout was supposed to start.
2013: The year in which the smart meter rollout will start if the current legislation before Governor Quinn passes, according to ComEd.
86-28: The results of the March 21 vote on the bill in the Illinois House, allowing to it to arrive on Gov. Quinn's desk.
1 veto: All it will take from Gov. Quinn to derail the bill right now and extend the drama.
60 days: The amount of time Gov. Quinn has to act on the bill, following the March 21 vote.
2 years from now: When the smart meter rollout is currently scheduled to start. ComEd promptly postponed the program until 2015 when the Illinois Commerce Commission cut some of the project's funding.
$2,600,000,000: Total amount of electric rate increases ComEd says it needs to fund the project.
$100,000,000: Annual amount ComEd lost from its $2.6 billion grid project when the Illinois Commerce Commission ruled against its rate formula.
$209,000,000: How much ComEd said the smart meter rollout delay will cost customers.
$182,000,000: How much a lawsuit seeking class-action status demands ComEd hand over to its customers.
$3: Amount ComEd estimated the average bill would increase as a result of its rate request.
2,400 jobs: How many were created in 2012 by ComEd's smart grid project. This includes 785 "direct and contractor full-time equivalent jobs" and an "estimated 1,700 induced jobs created from the ripple effect of the $165 million in capital spending."
$118,000,000: Amount of grid modernization contracts ComEd awarded last year.
71%: How much of last year's grid modernization contract money went to companies in Illinois.
130,000 smart meters: Number of smart meters ComEd has already installed in a pilot project.
15%: How much ComEd plans to reduce outage duration over the next 10 years.
20%: How much ComEd plans to reduce outage frequency over the next 10 years.
470 smart switches: Number of distribution automation devices installed.
82,000 power outages: Number of customer outages avoided last year as a result of smart switch installations.
700,000 power outages: Annual amount of power outages ComEd seeks to eliminate through its smart grid project.
$100,000,000: How much customers will save as a result of planned outage reductions.
10 smart substations: Number of smart substations ComEd plans to complete within five years.
$8,000,000: How much ComEd's new state-of-the-art training facility cost.
500 miles: Amount of mainline underground cable ComEd said it would replace.
464 miles: Amount of underground residential cable that was replaced or treated by March 2013.
46 miles: Amount of mainline cable that was replaced by March 2013.
28,000 manholes: Total number in ComEd's system. According to a filing, ComEd plans to assess and refurbish all of them.
8,000 manholes: How many were assessed by March 2013.
4,500 manholes: How many were refurbished by March 2013.
15,000 utility poles: Number of wooden utility poles ComEd plans to replace or refurbish by the end of the project.
2,700 utility poles: How many were replaced or reinforced by March 2013.
650,000 utility poles: How many ComEd plans to inspect or treat by the end of the project.
137,000 utility poles: How many ComEd has inspected and treated by February 2013.
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