In veto overturn, Illinois legislature approves grid modernization plan

The Illinois House of Representatives voted to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 9. The Senate took the same action May 21.

Ameren Illinois and ComEd both released statements in approval of the vote, saying this legislation will help them improve the electric power grid and lead to job creation.

After the original law (SB 1652) was passed in 2011, Ameren Illinois launched its Modernization Action Plan (MAP) to create 450 jobs and invest an additional $640 million over a 10-year period to improve the reliability and performance of its electric delivery infrastructure. The utility initiated plans to hire hundreds workers to install advanced meters, strengthen poles, replace cables and deploy new technology such as intelligent switches and sensors that can detect and isolate outages for faster service restoration.

ComEd’s modernization efforts are designed to reduce outages by 700,000 per year, saving customers an estimated $100 million in outage-related costs, according to ComEd.

With the law’s enactment, ComEd can begin installing smart meters to customers in the fourth quarter of 2013. The installations will continue through 2021.

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