ComEd smart grid bill sent to Illinois governor

An Illinois bill that allows ComEd to build a smart grid has been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn. The Illinois House passed the bill March 21 by a vote of 86-28. The utility, which serves 3.8 million customers in its service territory, wants to digitize the electrical grid that would eventually cut electricity costs and give customers more control over their energy usage, the Chicago Tribune reported.

However, ComEd is expected a veto of the bill by Quinn, the article stated. The governor has 60 days to act on the bill.

If the bill is put into law, the average residential ComEd customer will see their bill of $82 per month increase by about 40 cents next year and about 70 cents in 2017, according to the Tribune. That totals $2.6 billion in consumer rate hikes over a 10-year period to build the smart grid.

According to ComEd, the bill also clarifies existing language in the Smart Grid law enacted in 2011. The bill gets the state's electric grid modification efforts "back on track," the utility said. ComEd President Anne Pramaggiore said the smart grid bill is a "positive development" for customers and the state of Illinois.

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ComEd smart grid bill sent to Illinois governor

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