Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill into law which will extend the time utility companies Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) have to implement the state’s smart grid electrical improvement and modernization program, state Rep. Christine Radogno (R-41st) has announced on her website.
The new law extends the 2011 law that was set to expire in 2017 through 2019, allowing Ameren and ComEd two more years to continue to upgrade the state’s electrical system.
The smart grid program was initially pursued to enhance the state's antiquated electrical system. Improvements sought include investments in new smart meters, new poles, substation upgrades, underground manholes and storm prevention upgrades. It is hoped the improvements will improve the quality and reliability of the state’s electric system, preventing lengthy power outages while allowing for future consumer growth throughout Illinois.