Department of Homeland Security signs contract modification to install resilient electric grid system in chicago
The Department of Homeland Security signed the modification of its resilient electric grid agreement with AMSC, formerly American Superconductor.
The contract modification with DHS approves the scope of AMSC’s project with Commonwealth Edison and will enable AMSC to recover a portion of the project cost.
Chicago’s project is funded in part by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate initiative to secure the nation’s electric grid against extreme weather or other catastrophic events.
The system uses AMSC’s high temperature superconductor technology and, under the terms of the agreement between AMSC and ComEd, will link existing electric power infrastructure within the city of Chicago.
The system is expected to strengthen Chicago’s electric grid and to enhance its load serving capacity, resiliency and reliability.
AMSC expects that the engineering work for the project in Chicago will begin in calendar year 2019, the project hardware will be delivered in 2020 and the system will be operational in 2021.
AMSC’s resilient electric grid system is an innovative approach to the electric grid. Resilient electric grid systems significantly increase the reliability and load-serving capacity of the electric grid by enabling the use of transmission and distribution assets in a way that is not feasible with traditional technologies while limiting the need for additional grid infrastructure, which mitigates environmental impact.