Amid , ComEd gave the Village its plan to reduce power outages in pockets prone to interruption at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
ComEd which have experienced higher than normal power outages during good weather and bad. The utility then explained what it intended to do in each one to ease problems.
ComEd Vice President for External Affairs Michael Guerra and Reliability Engineer Ken Cicirale explained a combination of pole improvement, wire upgrading, enhanced equipment and tree trimming would reduce outages for people who experience frequent loss of power.
The original purpose of the meeting was the presentation of ComEd’s annual report to the Village. After the over the summer, the utility came to offer solutions instead.
“We want to focus on the plans we have brought to the Village,” Guerra said. “In Glenview our average is very good. We want to deal with the pockets which need to be addressed. ”
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Tuesday’s meeting was the third time ComEd officials were summoned to Glenview to explain the difficulties arising from --among others--which left more than 1.2 million Chicago area customers without electric power for up to five days at a time.
State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) held a meeting August 2 at the Glenview Police station where he and state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) . Biss and Nekritz were at Tuesday’s gathering.
Just more than three weeks later, at the same police station where the signs of a plan were beginning to take shape.
Cicirale offered solutions to the residents of the Park Manor neighborhood represented by Damico and Silverstein foreshadowing the ideas presented Tuesday.
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There was acceptance on Aug. 24 but Tuesday's Village Board members were not so sure.
“I continue to be frustrated because (what you are proposing) is reactive not proactive,” Trustee Paul Detlefs said. “Why weren’t you doing this before the storms? If you are doing more you have a communication problem. You have to tell us.”
Trustee Scott Britton took ComEd to task for the profits earned by its parent company, Exelon, while it failed to invest sufficient money in its infrastructure.
“You had excessive profits of $69 million in the first quarter of the year except you haven’t been investing here,” Britton said. “You don’t put money back into the company you put it into profit.”
Guerra explained he worked for ComEd and could not comment on profits of Exelon. He only discussed the earnings of his employer.
“Our revenue is regulated,” Guerra said. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is charged with oversight of ComEd. “If you look at it we earn less than the return authorized by the ICC.”
Cicirale told the gathering trip savers which function like fuses in a home would be installed where necessary, more trees would be trimmed and a device known as the Hendrix would be affixed to utility poles to reduce outages arising from falling branches.
“This is a real solution,” Cicirale said of the Hendrix. “When we put the Hendrix in Sleepy Hollow we have seen 80 to 85 percent less outages.”
The Hendrix will be placed in Park Manor, the northeast corner of Glenview and parts of southern Glenview. Trip savers and other fusing devices will go in those areas as well as the northwest corner of the Village and the area around Pfingston Road and Greenwood Avenue.
All those areas will get “enhanced tree trimming,” according to Cicirale as well as areas around , the central part of town and the southeast corner of Glenview.
While some Commissioners did not express confidence in ComEd to resolve the issues, Village President Kerry Cummings has enough faith in to expect the utility will be accountable.
“We have our village manager,” Cummings said while sitting next to Hileman. “He will deal with them. This board will watch closely.”
Stay tuned to Glenview Patch for more updates on ComEd and their service.
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