ComEd has completed an expansion project at a new substation in Elk Grove, Illinois, that is part of a long-range plan to provide more power capacity that will support future growth and operation of data centers in the region, including Elk Grove Technology Park and the greater Western O’Hare real estate market area.
The new, state-of-the-art substation expands capacity of both transmission and distribution systems, bringing increased high voltage support and digital intelligence to the area. ComEd’s reliability and innovation, and Illinois’ competitive electricity supply market and access to renewable energy options are key factors in the growth of data centers. Robust fiber optic networks, fresh water and new tax incentives also contribute, according to a release from ComEd.
Diana Sharpe, vice president of economic and workforce development for ComEd. “Investments in our infrastructure are investments in northern Illinois’ economy, paving the way for jobs, private sector investment and local economic development while enhancing energy reliability and performance.”
“Elk Grove remains one of the most desirable data center locations in the Chicagoland market, and technology companies are continually evaluating expansion plans in the area,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig B. Johnson. “ComEd’s expanded electricity capacity here provides businesses the confidence that power requirements will continue to be met for years to come.”
Data centers – and the technology sector as a whole – remain a large growth segment for ComEd and northern Illinois. In a recent report by Cushman and Wakefield, the Chicago region was ranked No. 2 globally for data center growth opportunity based on standards such as low land costs, reliable utilities, and available tax incentives. ComEd has made significant investments in infrastructure to support these energy-intensive facilities, including another expanded substation in Itasca, Ill.