The Village held its fourth annual town hall meeting with representatives of ComEd, giving residents and businesses an opportunity to speak directly with the ComEd engineers who work on the delivery system in Downers Grove.
For the fourth consecutive year, Village staff also shared its key findings of an analysis of ComEd outages. Staff found the following:
- Overall, outages are lower in 2014 than through the same period in 2013.
- Weather-related outages are tracking to be lower in 2014 than in any other year since the Village began reviewing data. The weather in spring and summer of 2014 was milder than previous years, which may contribute to the decrease.
- Equipment failures continued to be the most frequent cause of outages; however, equipment-related outages are tracking to be lower in 2014 than 2013.
- Weather causes outages of the longest duration. Outages of long duration are trending to be lower in 2014 than in previous years. Outages of longer than 24 hours decreased from 23 in 2013 to 11 in 2014 (YTD). Nine of the 11 outages took place during severe weather between June 30 and July 3 and were related to tree damage or lighting.
ComEd also shared a summary of equipment upgrades and improvements it has made since 2012, including:
- 22 miles of New Underground Cable
- 2 miles of New Tree-Resistant Overhead Cable
- Distribution Automation Devices that Reroute Electricity to Isolate Outages
- Wood Pole and Equipment Inspections and Replacement
In 2015, ComEd is planning the following improvements:
- Additional Distribution Automation
- 7 miles of Additional New Underground Cable
- Inspection and Treatment of 1,900 Wood Poles
- Smart Meters Starting in 2016
Residents and businesses are welcome to contact Village staff with additional concerns over reliability and outages. Many of the improvements that have been made have been the result of residents coming forward with concerns over frequent outages or concerns about trees and other equipment.