ComEd West Central Reliability Project

ComEdweb4ComEd is proposing a West Central Reliability Project, which includes the installation of a new 138kV electric line from its Bartlett substation to its substation in Itasca. The high-voltage line is proposed to run through Roselle, along the south side of the I-390 (Elgin-O'Hare Expressway) corridor. See ComEd's proposed project map for route details.

ComEd held several open house meetings in January and February 2016 to provide details on the $58 million project, including pole heights, pole placements, and the impact of the project on the surrounding communities. The proposal calls for steel poles that could be up to 170 feet high that may be located adjacent to residential property. ComEd originally announced that it would file a request for approval for the proposed project with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in March 2016, however officials from the utility announced that their timeline has been delayed by at least six months.

Coalition of Communities Formed to Respond


A coalition of communities including Roselle, Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Itasca, and Elk Grove Village met repeatedly in early 2016 in an effort to develop a coordinated and multi-community response to the proposed project. This coalition met with expert legal counsel that have previously litigated cases before the Illinois Commerce Commission (which regulates utility projects in Illinois), and lobbyist/consulting firms that have specific experience developing advocacy strategies. This work is being done in anticipation of opposing the project by intervening in ComEd's case before the ICC. ComEd has not yet filed its proposed plan with the ICC, but was originally planning to file in March 2016.

Legislation Proposed Requiring the High-voltage Line to Run Underground


Legislation requiring the high-voltage lines in ComEd's proposed West Central Reliability Project to be run underground was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly. House Bill 6570 was proposed by State Representative Fred Crespo on May 4, 2016, and Senate Bill 3425 was proposed by State Senator Laura Murphy on May 10, 2016.

Additionally, State Representative Michelle Mussman is circulating a digital petition urging the ICC to stop the West Central Reliability Project. Visit the petition page online to sign it and leave further comments.

Illinois Commerce Commission Accepting Public Comments


The ICC regulates projects proposed by utilities in Illinois and must approve ComEd's plan for the West Central Reliability Project before construction may begin. The ICC is currently accepting public comments regarding ComEd's proposed plan. Visit the ICC website and scroll down to the non-docketed cases to find the "Non-Docketed - ComEd Proposed New West Central Transmission Line" entry in order to comment. The ICC Consumer Services Division will also accept comments via telephone. Call 1-800-524-0795 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to speak to an ICC representative.

The purpose of requiring ComEd to obtain certification through the ICC is to prevent unnecessary duplication of facilities and to protect the public from inadequate service and higher rates. While the petition for the project is pending, the ICC may hold hearings to evaluate interventions by individual property owners, concerned citizen groups, homeowners associations, and affected municipalities.
Details about hearings will be posted here as they become available.

ComEdWCRRev3Project & Coordinated Response Timeline


  • May 10, 2016 - Legislation requiring the high-voltage lines in ComEd's proposed West Central Reliability Project to be run underground was introduced in the Illinois Senate. The status of Senate Bill 3425, which was proposed by State Senator Laura Murphy, is available on the Illinois General Assembly website.
  • May 4, 2016 - Legislation requiring the high-voltage lines in ComEd's proposed West Central Reliability Project to be run underground was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives. The status of House Bill 6570, which was proposed by State Representative Fred Crespo, is available on the Illinois General Assembly website.
  • March 21, 2016 - Nearly 400 people attended the Community Information Meeting hosted by the Village Board in Roselle to hear an update on the coordinated response from the coalition of communities (Roselle, Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Itasca, and Elk Grove Village). The presentation from the community meeting is available for download (PDF), or by clicking on the slide on the right.
  • March 18, 2016 - ComEd representatives notified Roselle officials that the filing of their proposed West Central Reliability Project with the ICC will be delayed by at least six months.
  • March 14, 2016 - Roselle Village Board adopted a resolution authorizing the Village Administrator to expend an amount not to exceed $100,000 to support the legal, lobbying, legislative, or other lawful actions directed by the Village Board to oppose ComEd's proposed West Central Reliability Project.
  • February 27, 2016 - Township of Schaumburg hosted a community Information meeting at Schaumburg Township Hall.
  • February 18, 2016 - Regional stakeholders meeting held (officials from 6 affected communities, IDOT, Township and County officials, and ComEd officials) to discuss updates and next steps.
  • February 11, 2016 - ComEd hosted an Open House Meeting at Itasca Village Hall.
  • February 6, 2016 - Roselle Village Board hosted a Community Information Meeting at Village Hall.
  • January 11, 2016 - A regional stakeholders was meeting held, including officials from the 6 affected communities, IDOT, Township and County officials, and ComEd officials to provide and overview and update on the proposed project.
  • January 5, 14, 19 & 27, 2016 - ComEd hosted Open House Meetings at the Schaumburg Park District Community Recreation Center and at American Legion Post 1084 in Roselle to introduce the proposed project to the public.
  • December 14 & 15, 2015 - ComEd hosted a Stakeholder Informational Meeting with officials from the 6 communities potentially affected by the proposed project (Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Itasca, Roselle, Schaumburg) to introduce the project. ComEd stated that it expects to file a case for the project with the ICC in the spring of 2016.
  • November 30, 2015 - Village of Roselle officials were notified by ComEd about the proposed West Central Reliability Project.

ComEd Powerpoint ComEd Presentation