ComEd Collaborates with Illinois American Water to Leverage Smart Grid Investments

By CIOReview | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FREMONT, CA: One of the important highlights from the White House Water Summit is the announcement by ComEd about its association with the water utility of Illinois, American Water, to transmit water through ComEd’s smartgrid network. The project is directed towards leveraging ComEd’s digital smart grid network to aid Illinois American Water in improving its water data management. The initiative is expected to unfurl potential new value for smart grid investors.

The current activities of ComEd entail testing smart water meters on its network in Illinois Tech’s Centre for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (CSMART), and also cover assessing meter connectivity and readings.  The collaboration will enable both the organizations to enhance key learning areas and will capacitate up to 500 smart water meters.

“To develop innovative energy policy, regulators must be forward-thinking and aware of the critical issues facing cities, and utilities must address such issues head on by delivering programs that seek to increase customer value through advancements in smart grid technology,” says Brien Sheahan, Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. He appreciates the collaborative activities of both the utilities to optimize operational efficiency and deliver added benefits to customers in the long run.

Of late ComEd unveiled its plan to build “community of the future” in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago—a  project that envisions clusters of 10 megawatt microgrids providing service to critical infrastructure and surrounding communities in emergency situations. Teaming with the Bronzeville community ComEd aims to implement various projects where technologies and services will help businesses save money, reduce environmental footprint and bring developments focusing the community as a whole.

“We see the Community of the Future as the next generation of our smart grid work. With our many partners, we are building on the foundation set by the Smart Grid Law to develop innovative products and solutions for our customers,” says Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO at ComEd.