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ComEd Proposal Would Create One of the First Microgrid Clusters in the World

September 12, 2017

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. This project would create one of the first microgrid clusters in the world and provide information and assistance to emergency personnel and create a better understanding of how microgrids can be leveraged in emergency situations. The ICC is expected to announce its decision on the proposal early next year.

IIT Alumnus Carol Bartucci, ComEd’s vice president of Information Technology, visited the Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at IIT to see the full scale model of the school’s microgrid.

Carol played a key role in establishing IIT’s Center for Smart Grid Application, Research, and Technology, also known as C-SMART, a living laboratory where ComEd is testing a variety of smart grid and smart meter-enabled innovations designed to enhance everyday living for customers.

Watch the video to learn more about how ComEd collaborates and innovates to keep the power flowing.