Chicago, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 10, 2009 – Commonwealth Edison Company has announced its recommended technology and information partners for the company’s proposed advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) pilot and the first step in its smart grid deployment.
On June 1, ComEd filed its petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) including its recommendation for the meter and information technology partners to participate in the company’s one-year AMI pilot (see ComEd proposes smart meter pilot to test ‘full customer experience’). If approved, approximately 141,000 smart meters will be deployed in 11 suburban communities and the city of Chicago.
The smart meters will be provided by GE Energy, while smart networking solutions provider Silver Spring Networks (SSN) will provide its open standards-based, secure, wireless network communications Smart Energy Network software and services in support of the project.
"ComEd is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service to our customers every day," said Anne Pramaggiore, president and chief operating officer of ComEd. "After a comprehensive review process, we chose to work with GE Energy and Silver Spring Networks to build the foundation of northern Illinois’ own smart grid."
The pilot will test customer interaction with a variety of energy management features and technologies, including alternative pricing plans, web interfaces, in-home displays, home area network control systems and programmable thermostats. It is part of a three-year portfolio of energy efficiency programs developed to reduce energy consumption, peak load and carbon emissions, while saving customers money and positioning Illinois as a national leader in energy efficiency.
ComEd and GE Energy are active members of the Illinois Statewide Smart Grid Collaborative, an organization of government, technology and social factions developing a strategic plan for smart grid deployment throughout the state. As Chicago’s smart grid deployment grows, technology could be showcased in the city’s bid for the 2016 Olympics.
ComEd serves approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois. The company plans to eventually deploy a smart grid infrastructure throughout its territory.