ComEd opens new training center in Rockford

Sponsored by

Commonwealth Edison Co. opened its new training facility in Rockford. Built as part of the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), or the "Smart Grid bill," the facility will provide training to employees.

Featuring indoor and outdoor training space with major innovations, including a mock electrical substation that can be energized for instruction purposes, the new facility will provide an ideal learning environment for more than 500 utility workers annually.

"Members of the general assembly who created and passed the smart grid bill in 2011 recognized that training and skill development to build a digital electric infrastructure will be essential," said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and CEO. "As we modernize the electric grid, the Rockford training center will help our employees enhance their skills to monitor, manage and maintain a 21st century electric grid. They also will gain important background and training to achieve ComEd's world-class standards for safety, customer service and operational excellence."

Located on the grounds of ComEd's Rockford headquarters on Energy Avenue, the new training and education center features 34,000 square feet of indoor training space and 85,000 square feet of outdoor training space. ComEd will seek certification for the building from the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) in coming months.

The facility includes:

·      Indoor and outdoor pole climbing yards featuring 30-foot utility poles with soft base flooring, a 28-foot transmission tower, and an indoor catwalk for instructors to get closer to trainees while they climb;

·      A full-size manhole rescue station which provides critical training for the unique nature of confined space rescues, a hazard for many ComEd employees;

·      Indoor and outdoor substation training areas, complete with underground cable bays, which can be energized for training on live equipment, as well as a key safety feature that enables remote power disconnection;

·      Classrooms, a 100-seat lecture hall, and – for school groups and tours – a customer education area that features a mock kitchen equipped with smart appliances;

·      An auxiliary storm training center from which additional manpower can be dispatched to expand storm restoration capabilities; and

·      A meter shop complete with all major meter fittings available throughout ComEd service territories.

The Rockford facility was made possible because of the Smart Grid bill, which encompasses ComEd's $2.6 billion investment, creating 2,000 jobs, modernizing the existing power grid and adding new, digital smart grid and smart meter technologies that will transform the delivery of electricity to homes and businesses.

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with about 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to about 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.

Sponsored by

CURRENT ARTICLES

AEP Ohio Transmission seeks waiver for proposed 138 kV substation

10/21/2014

In its motion, the company said it intends to file the substation application “very soon.”

Wärtsilä supplies natural gas plant in Oklahoma to balance wind and solar generation

10/21/2014 The power station, which replaces a 26 MW gas turbine from the 1950s, will be used to balance wind and solar power in the ...

Quebec wind energy farm receives government decree

10/21/2014 Innergex Renewable Energy received a government decree from the Quebec government for a $324 million 150 MW wind energy pr...

VIDEO: USDA invests $1.4 billion to improve rural electric infrastructure

10/20/2014 The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service on Oct. 16 awarded $1.4 billion in loan guarantees to 35 organi...

VIDEO: Lockheed Martin says compact fusion reactor ten years away

10/20/2014 The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a new compact fusion reactor that can be developed and deployed in as l...

VIDEO: S&C energy storage system to provide power grid support for PJM

10/20/2014 The 150-kW energy storage system provides fast-response frequency regulation for the PJM market, which serves more than 61...

Colorado Springs eyes heavy 2015 spending on coal emissions controls

10/20/2014 Colorado Springs Utilities has proposed a 2015 budget that includes heavy spending for new air emissions controls for its ...

ON DEMAND WEBCASTS

Architecting Communication Networks for Smart Grids

This webinar will provide the essentials of communication networking to meet the challenges of th...

The Power of Behavioral Design: Lessons for Energy Efficiency Providers

Behavioral design principles are key differentiators when it comes to influencing consumer behavi...

3D BIM for Substations—Driving Efficiency from Design Through Operation and Maintenance

In this webinar, PESTECH will describe their transition to intelligent substation design and its ...

High Availability Networks. Application of IEC6439-3 Protocols for IEC61850 Process Bus implementation

Networks can now be built for the first time with genuinely uninterrupted data communication betw...

Understanding Moisture Dynamics in Power Transformers

While the need to measure moisture in power transformers has been well documented and is universa...

EL&P BUYER'S GUIDE PRODUCTS

MITEM Corp

Provides CRM solutions for regulated U.S. public utilities. The product, MitemView integrates differently designed systems to share critical data a...

Resources on Demand

Manages resource requests, tracks personnel movements, and supports lodging/logistics during a power restoration event.

Smart Grids

Quanta is contributing to its customers' smart grid initiatives by installing technology on power networks to provide energy management solutions f...

Horizontal Directional Drilling

With 28 small, mid-sized and large drilling rigs, Quanta Pipeline Services is one of the largest horizontal directional contractors in the world fo...

FEATURED ENERGY JOBS

View more Job Listings >>

POWERGRID International

April 2014
Volume 19, Issue 4
1404pg-cover

ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER

January 2014
Volume 92, Issue 1
cover